A Little Night Music — July 17, 2020

Derived from a range of outstanding choral music, my themed Playlists are designed to be like concerts, of about an hour in length.

The music of this week’s Playlist depicts the frolic, serenity and glimmer of the evening with works by Rheinberger, Whitacre and Paulus, Brahms’s merry Ziguenerlieder and more.

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Ziguenerlieder, Op.103 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten
Hochgetürmte Rimaflut
Wißt ihr, wann mein Kindchen
Lieber Gott, du weißt
Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze
Röslein dreie in der Reihe
Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn
Horch, der Wind klagt in den Zweigen
Weit und breit schaut niemand mich an
Mond verhüllt sein Angesicht
Rote Abendwolken ziehn


Performed by Chamber Choir of Europe, conducted by Nicol Matt


Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)



Performed by Kammerchor Stuttgart, conducted by Frieder Bernius


John Wilbye (1574-1638)

Draw On, Sweet Night


Performed by Oxford Camerata, conducted by Jeremy Summerly


Dan Forrest (b.1978)

Good Night, Dear Heart


Performed by Seraphic Fire, conducted by Patrick Dupré Quigley


Ola Gjeilo (b.1978)

Luminous Night of the Soul


Performed by Cantare Houston, conducted by Kevin Riehle


Eric Whitacre (b.1970)

Water Night

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Performed by Eric Whitacre Singers, conducted by Eric Whitacre


Randall Thompson (1899-1984)

Choose Something Like a Star (from Frostiana)


Performed by Landesjugendchor Sachsen & Jugendsinfonieorchester Leipzig, conducted by Ron-Dirk Entleutner (Spotify)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra at Temple Square, conducted by Craig Jessop (YouTube)


Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)

Nunc Dimittis

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
                    Luke 2:29-32

Glory be the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
                    Lesser Doxology

Performed by True Concord, conducted by Eric Holtan