Spring for Choral Music

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This edition of the Choral Mix is an exploration of how choral composers have welcomed spring. We hear the sweeping melodies of Rachmaninoff, the lyricism of Vaughan Williams and the elegance of Haydn – all music bursting with hope and optimism.

It’s officially springtime – and not a moment too soon! Just when we’ve all had enough of the snow, the cold, the grey, along comes a break in the weather and the promise of new life.

 

Playlist

 

Edvard Grieg: 12 Songs, Op. 33, No. 2: Varen “Last Spring” (arranged for choir)

Norwegian Soloists Choir (Det Norske Solistkor)

Grete Pedersen Helgerod, Conductor

Album Title: Grieg: Choral Music

Bis 1661

 

Ernest John Moeran: Songs of Springtime

No. 1. Under the Greenwood Tree

No. 2. The River-God's Song

No. 3. Spring, the Sweet Spring

No. 4. Love is a Sickness

No. 5. Sigh no more, Ladies

No. 6. Good Wine

No. 7. To Daffodils

The Finzi Singers

Paul Spicer, Conductor

Album Title: Moeran: Songs of Springtime

Chandos 9182

 

Vaughan Williams: Folksongs of the Four Seasons; Spring:

Early in the Spring

The Lark in the Morning

May Song

Choir of Clare College

Dmitri Ensemble

David Wilcocks, Conductor

Album Title: Folk Songs of the Four Seasons

Albion 10

 

Sergei Rachmoninov: Spring Cantata

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Charles Dutoit, Conductor

Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia

Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone

Album Title: The Bells, Spring, 3 Russian Songs

Decca 440355

 

Franz Joseph Haydn: The Seasons, H 21 no 3

Komm, holder Lenz

Ewiger, machtiger

Stuttgart Gachinger Kantorei

Helmuth Rilling, Conductor

Album Title: Haydn: The Seasons

Hänssler Classic 98982

 

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: 6 Sanger: No. 4 (Varsang II) Spring Song II

Uppsala University Chamber Choir

Stefan Parkman, Conductor

Album Title: A Musical Portrait

Musica Sveciae 908