Vaughan Williams: On Christmas Day

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Vaughan Williams: On Christmas Day


Presto Disc of the Week

5th December 2011

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Release date:

26th Sept 2011




53 minutes


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Vaughan Williams: On Christmas Day

Folk-Carols and Folk-Songs arranged by Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams:

Traditional English Carols (8)

And all in the morning, On Christmas Night, The Twelve Apostles, Down in yon forest, May Day Carol, The truth sent from above, The birth of the Saviour, Wassail Song.

Six Studies in English Folksong

Traditional Carols (12) from Herefordshire

The Holy Well (first version), The Holy Well (second version), Christmas now is drawing near at hand, Joseph and Mary, The Angel Gabriel, God rest you merry, Gentlemen, New Year’s Carol, On Christmas Day, Dives and Lazarus, The Miraculous Harvest, The Saviour’s Love, The Seven Virgins.

Derek Welton (baritone) & Iain Burnside (piano)



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Vaughan Williams had begun collecting folk-songs and carols in 1903.

Many Folk-songs and Carols were collected in the early 1900s by Vaughan Williams and Ella Mary Leather who visited local gypsies in Herefordshire where together they rescued traditional songs that may well have disappeared forever.

These songs and carols remind us of our childhood and the power and beauty of songs sung by those generations long before our own.

Australian baritone Derek Welton is a very much sought-after concert artist who has performed at the Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Wigmore.

Iain Burnside once again accompanies for Albion Records, who enjoys a unique reputation as pianist and broadcaster.

Traditional: Eight Traditional English Carols

And All in the Morning

On Christmas Night

The Twelve Apostles

Down in Yon Forest

May Day Carol

The Truth Sent from Above

The Birth of the Saviour

Wassail Song

Traditional: Six English Folk-Songs

Robin Hood and the Pedlar

The Ploughman

One Man, Two Men

The Brewer

Rolling in the Dew

King William

Traditional: Twelve Traditional Carols from Herefordshire

The Holy Well

The Holy Well

Christmas Now Is Drawing Near At Hand

Joseph and Mary

The Angel Gabriel

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

New Year's Carol

On Christmas Day

Dives and Lazarus

The Miraculous Harvest

The Saviour's Love

The Seven Virgins

The Telegraph

9th December 2011

“the programme makes for an evocative vista of bygone Christmas times.”

Presto Classical

Chris O'Reilly

5th December 2011

“Derek Welton has a rich yet flexible voice. It sounds effortless and I could listen to him all day. He is sensitively accompanied by Iain Burnside, and the recording is vibrant and well balanced.”

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