Winter’s Promise — January 8, 2021

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

This week’s Playlist depicts Winter’s travails, delights and its promise of new life, featuring the Winter portion of Haydn’s The Seasons and John Rutter’s charming When Icicles Hang.

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Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

“Winter” (from The Seasons)

The Jaded Year Fades Away
Light and Life Are Enfeebl’d
The Lake Lies Lock’d in Frosty Grip
The Wand’rer Stands Perplex’d
And Drawing Near the Welcome Sight
Whirring, Whirring, Whirring!
Now the Flax Has All Been Spun
A Noble Squire of Great Renown
And from the East There Blows An Icy Blast
Consider Then, Misguided Man
Then Dawns That Morn So Glorious


Performed by Gabrieli, National Forum of Music Choir & Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Paul McCreesh


Arr. Harri Wessman (b.1949)

Vesy Väsyy Lumen Alle (Water Under Snow is Weary)

Water under snow is weary,
under ice it stretches sleeping.
Winds are blowing, no rest for them.

Thousand-footed flakes are dancing,
and the blizzard boy is whirling.
Winds are blowing, no rest for them.

But it is silent where the grass lies,
withered grass whose stalks are dying,
Under snowdrifts oblivious.

There is time now for slumbering,
there is time for snowing as well.
                    Eha Lättemäe (1922-2012); English translation by Keith Bosley

Performed by Elektra Women’s Choir, conducted by Morna Edmundson & Diane Loomer


John Rutter (b.1945)

When Icicles Hang

Icicles Winter Nights
Good Ale
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
Winter Wakeneth All My Care
Hay, Ay


Performed by Cambridge Singers & London Sinfonia, conducted by John Rutter