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A Vaughan Williams Christmas

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 he arranged them, thus presenting his view of Christmas in the first half of the 20th century.

He also wrote four completely new carols for the Oxford Book of Carols (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. For track 10, Vaughan Williams acted not as arranger but publisher, with new words by Ursula Vaughan Williams.

Discoveries

PREMIERE RECORDING




TRACK LISTING AND ARTISTS

Eight Traditional English Carols (1919)
1 And All in the Morning
2 On Christmas Night
3 The Twelve Apostles
4 Down in Yon Forest
5 May Day Carol
6 The Truth Sent from Above
7 The Birth of the Saviour
8 Wassail Song

Two carols (1945) – first recording
9 Come Love We God
10 There is a Flower

From The Oxford Book of Carols (1928)
11 O Little Town of Bethlehem
12 The Golden Carol
13 Wither’s Rocking Hymn
14 Snow in the Street
15 Blakeís Cradle Song

Nine Carols for male voices (1941) – first recording
16 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
17 As Joseph Was A-Walking (Cherry Tree Carol)
18 Mummers’ Carol
19 The First Nowell
20 The Lord at First
21 Coventry Carol
22 I Saw Three Ships
23 A Virgin Most Pure
24 Dives and Lazarus

Total time 70’22

ARTISTS

William Vann ~ Director (and piano for four tracks)
Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea
Hugh Rowlands ~ organ (on thirteen tracks)

ALBCD035
Release Date: October 12, 2018

Recorded at St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, February 2018

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