From Darkness to Light: A Celebration of Easter through Music

Blessing of candles during the Liturgy of the Word at an Easter Vigil.Wikipedia / Melchoir2008

From Darkness to Light: A one-hour Celebration of Easter


Hosts Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler bring listeners an Easter special to remember - From Darkness to Light.

This hourlong celebration of Easter features 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".


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