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A Vaughan Williams Christmas

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
12-10-2018
Genres:
Barcode:
5060158190355
Packaging:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
ALBCD035
A Vaughan Williams Christmas
A Vaughan Williams Christmas

Description

Vaughan Williams was (with Cecil Sharp) one of the foremost collectors of folk songs from 1903 and collected many traditional carols as well. This collection is of carols as Vaughan Williams arranged them. He also wrote four completely new carols for the Oxford Book of Carols which hare also included on the album (tracks 12 to 15). The recording concludes with the first complete recording of 'Nine Carols for Male Voices', commissioned by the British Council in 1941 for performance by and for British troops serving in Iceland.

The album, nearly half of which is accounted for by world premiere recordings, was made in February 2018 in St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea conducted by William Vann. Hugh Rowlands accompanies 13 of the 24 tracks on the church's Willis organ.

An earlier release with William Vann as Director of Music, SOMMCD0161 Carols from Chelsea, earned critical press acclaim, Gramophone commenting on the "first-class personnel" and "tension and subtlety in the performances."

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Eight Traditional English Carols: And All In The Morning
  3. Eight Traditional English Carols: On Christmas Night
  4. Eight Traditional English Carols: The Twelve Apostles
  5. Eight Traditional English Carols: Down In Yon Forest
  6. Eight Traditional English Carols: May Day Carol
  7. Eight Traditional English Carols: The Truth Sent From Above
  8. Eight Traditional English Carols: The Birth Of The Saviour
  9. Eight Traditional English Carols: Wassail Song
  10. Two Carols: Come Love We God
  11. Two Carols: There Is A Flower
  12. The Oxford Book Of Carols: O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  13. The Oxford Book Of Carols: The Golden Carol
  14. The Oxford Book Of Carols: Wither's Rocking Hymn
  15. The Oxford Book Of Carols: Snow In The Street
  16. The Oxford Book Of Carols: Blake's Cradle Song
  17. Nine Carols For Male Voices: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
  18. Nine Carols For Male Voices: As Joseph Was A-Walking
  19. Nine Carols For Male Voices: Mummer's Carol
  20. Nine Carols For Male Voices: The First Nowell
  21. Nine Carols For Male Voices: The Lord At First
  22. Nine Carols For Male Voices: Coventry Carol
  23. Nine Carols For Male Voices: I Saw Three Ships
  24. Nine Carols For Male Voices: A Virgin Most Pure
  25. Nine Carols For Male Voices: Dives And Lazarus
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