Songs of light

concert programme 2013

Light as a metaphor for the sound of a choir – light shining through church windows, or illuminating the underwood in a dark forest; light on waves, light on shiny surfaces, starlight at night. The music in this programme – the first concert programme of Tenso Europe Chamber Choir – shows the many facets of choral sound.


Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) O sing unto the Lord a new song
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV Anh. 159
Max Reger (1873-1916) from Acht geistliche Gesänge, Op.138 :
– ‘Der Mensch lebt und bestehet nur eine kleine Zeit’ (nr.1)
– ‘Nachtlied’ (nr.3)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Soupir – from Trois poèmes de Mallarmé (arr. Clytus Gottwald)
György Ligeti (1923-2006) Lux aeterna
Arvo Pärt (1925) Magnificat
Pauls Dambis (1936) Songs of the sea
Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012) Plainsongs for peace and light
Kristaps Pētersons (1982) Emotions of the day – premiere