Rains of Revitalization — August 14, 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 describes the reviving and renewing power of rain, with a dramatic scene from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, in which Elijah overcomes his adversary and prays for rain on the parched land. Other newer works include those by Frank Ticheli, Stephen Chatman, Sarah Quartel and others.

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)

“Elijah Confronts Ahab” from Elijah

As God the Lord of Sabaoth Liveth Baal, We Cry to Thee
Call Him Louder, for He is a God!
Call Him Louder! He Heareth Not
Lord God of Abraham
Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord
O Thou, Who Makest
Is Not His Word Like a Fire
Woe Unto Them That Forsaketh Him!
O Man of God, Help Thy People
Thanks Be to God!


Performed by Gabrieli, conducted by Paul McCreesh


Frank Ticheli (b.1958)

Earth Song

Sing, Be, Live, See.
This dark stormy hour,
The wind, it stirs.
The scorched earth
cries out in vain:
O war and power,
You blind and blur,
The torn heart
cries out in pain.
But music and singing
Have been my refuge,
And music and singing
Shall be my light.
A light of song
Shining Strong: Alleluia!
Through darkness, pain, and strife,
I’ll Sing, Be, Live, See…
                    Frank Ticheli

Performed by VOCES8


Ivo Antognini (b.1963)

There Will Come Soft Rains


Performed by Atlanta Master Chorale, conducted by Eric Nelson


Sarah Quartel (b.1982)

In Time of Silver Rain


Performed by Oxford Choir, conducted by Bob Chilcott


Stephen Chatman (b.1950)

The Voice of the Rain (from Nature Songs)


Performed by Vancouver Chamber Choir, conducted by Jon Washburn


Howard Skempton (b. 1947)

Rise Up, My Love


Performed by Ars Nova Copenhagen, conducted by Paul Hillier