From Darkness to Light: A Celebration of Easter through Music

by Valerie Kahler, Minnesota Public Radio,
Bob Christiansen, Minnesota Public Radio
April 20, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Hosts Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler come together on April 20, at 8 p.m. CDT to bring listeners an Easter special to remember - From Darkness to Light.

This hour-long celebration of Easter will feature some of the hosts' favorite Easter memories and melodies including Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture; Haydn's "Alleluia" Symphony, No. 30; and from Handel's Easter Oratorio, 'Messiah,' 'I Know that My Redeemer Liveth" and "Hallelujah Chorus".

Pieces played

Johann Schmelzer - Sonata XII
Andrew Manze, conductor
English Concert
Harmonia Mundi 907397

Anonymous - Christ is Risen
Novospassky Monastery Choir
Naxos 553123

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Russian Easter Overture
Arthur Fiedler, conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra
RCA 7813

Pietro Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana: Easter Hymn
Robert Shaw, conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Christine Brewer, soprano
Telarc 80333

Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 30 "Alleluja"
Adrian Shepherd, conductor
Chandos 8505

George Frideric Handel - Messiah: selections
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
English Baroque Soloists
Catherine Robbin, alto
Charles Brett, countertenor
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor
Robert Hale, bass
Saul Quirke, boy soprano
Philips 411041

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