Music From the Dark Side


Listen to music from the dark side for this New Sounds program. Listen to music associated with Tenebrae, the  Christian service held during Holy Week in the spring where candles are extinguished gradually until all that is left is darkness.  There’s a work by Bruce Dessner played by Kronos Quartet and featuring  Sufjan Stevens, “Tenebre,” along with the Irish choir Anúna performing Tenebrae in Gaelic.  Also, listen to nocturnes from the band Rachel’s, and a work by Missy Mazzoli.  Then, hear “Dark Was the Night,” a piece of Phil Kline’s millennial mass “John the Revelator” and a short dark piece from Brian Eno as well.

PROGRAM #3545–Music in the Dark (First aired on 12/13/2013)             





Kings Singers

Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday

Carlo Gesualdo - Tenebrae Responsories, excerpt [1:49]

Signum SIGCD048

Bryce Dessner with Kronos Quartet, and Sufjan Stevens


Tenebre [15:10]

Anti 272962



Tenebrae IV [2:40]

Danu 023


Significant Others

Texas Nocturne #2 [:54]

Rachel's Archive 2002
Only available digitally:

Phil Kline (performed by Lionheart & ETHEL)

John the Revelator, A Mass for Six Voices

Dark Was the Night [5:50]

Cantaloupe 21047


Significant Others

Texas Nocturne No. 1 [1:01]

Rachel's Archive 2002
Only available digitally:

Victoire / Missy Mazzoli

Cathedral City

Mazzoli: A Door Into the Dark [5:21]

New Amsterdam 25

Brian Eno

Another Green World

In Dark Trees [2:32]

E.G. Records # 21 (Originally released 1975)
Download or purchase from

Marty Walker, bass clarinet
with Amy Knoles, Bryan Pezzone

Adams, Cox, Fink, Fox

John Luther Adams: Dark Wind [13:21]

Cold Blue Music CB009