There Will Be Rest — January 22, 2021

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 conveys serenity, comfort and rest from life’s burdens, with music by Bach, Brahms, Whitacre, Rutter and more.

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J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229


Performed by Monteverdi Choir, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Schaffe in mir, Gott, Op.29, No. 2


Performed by RIAS Kammerchor, conducted by Marcus Reed


Arvo Pärt (b.1935)

Da Pacem Domine


Performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conducted by Paul Hillier


Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 



Performed by Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short


Frank Ticheli (b.1958)

There Will Be Rest


Performed by Phoenix Chorale & Kansas City Chorale, conducted by Charles Bruffy (Spotify); Vox Humana, conducted by David Childs (YouTube)


Edward Elgar (1857-1934) 

How Calmly the Evening


Performed by Musica Beata, conducted by Paul Hedley


Abbie Betinis (b.1980) 

To the Evening Star


Performed by Vox Humana, conducted by David Childs


Eric Whitacre (b.1970) 


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Performed by Eric Whitacre Singers, conducted by Eric Whitacre


Jeffrey Van (b.1941) 

Fourteen Angels

When at night I go to sleep,
Fourteen angels watch do keep;
Two my head are guarding,
Two my feet are guiding,
Two are on my right hand,
Two are on my left hand,
Two who cover me,
Two who wake me, and
Two who sing me into the heavenly paradise.
                    Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859); tr. B.J. Bloomer

Performed by True Concord, conducted by Eric Holtan


John Rutter (b.1945) 

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace.
                    Numbers 6:24-26

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