Like great painters, great composers have been fascinated with the portrayal of light in their creations. But composers don't use brushes or paint pots; their palette is the human voice. This week's program is of luminous choral works that have shined through the ages.
Thomas Tallis: O nata lux
— The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips.
Anonymous: Lux polis regulgens/Lux et Gloria
— Anonymous 4.
Edward Elgar (arr. John Cameron): Lux Aeterna
— Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, Grant Llewyn.
Alexander Kopylov (arr. Peter Wilhousky): Heavenly Light
— Robert Shaw Chamber Singers.
Hildegard von Bingen: O Gloriosissimi lux (Most Glorious Angels, Living Light)
— The Rose Ensemble.
Charles Wood: Hail Gladdening Light
— The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter.
J.S. Bach: Break Forth O Wondrous Heavenly Light
— Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor.
George Frideric Handel: Let Rolling Streams Their Gladness Show
— Andreas Scholl, countertenor; Andreas Wolf, bass; Berlin Vocal Consort; Academy for Ancient Music Berlin; Marcus Creed, conductor.
Dolly Parton (arr. Craig Hella Johnson): Light of a Clear Blue Morning
— Kathlene Ritch, soprano; Conspirare; Craig Hella Johnson, conductor.
Morton Lauridsen: O Nata Lux from Lux Aeterna
— Nordic Chamber Choir of Europe; Nicol Matt, conductor; Jorg Halubek, organ.
Judith Weir: Illuminare Jerusalem
— Taverner Consort and Choir; Members of the New London Chamber Choir and the Henrietta Barnett School Choir; Andrew Parrott.
Traditional (arr. Robert A. Harris): This Little Light of Mine
— Spivey Hall Children's Chorus; Martha Shaw, conductor.
Imant Raminsh:Songs of the Lights: III. The Sun is a Luminous Shield; IV. Daybreak Song
— Vancouver Chamber Choir and Orchestra; Jon Washburn, conductor.