Vaughan Williams: Hodie & Fantasia on Christmas Carols

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Vaughan Williams: Hodie & Fantasia on Christmas Carols


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19th November 2007



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29th Oct 2007




70 minutes


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Vaughan Williams: Hodie & Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Vaughan Williams:

Hodie (A Christmas Cantata)

Vaughan Williams’s Christmas Cantata Hodie (This Day) is a brilliant mosaic of musical styles set to poetry from the most diverse sources

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

The Fantasia on Christmas Carols, which incorporates a number of traditional English carols, is notable for the obbligato cello part and for the varied treatment of the choir, which provide an atmospheric choral-orchestral texture.

Janice Watson (soprano), Peter Hoare (tenor) & Stephen Gadd (baritone)

Guildford Choral Society, St Catherine’s School Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton



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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hodie (This Day)

Prologue: Nowell! Nowell!

Narration: Now is the birth of Jesus Christ

Song: It was the winter wild

Narration: And it came to pass in those days

Choral: The blessed son of God

Narration: And there were in the same country

Song: The Oxen

Narration: And the shepherds returned

Pastoral: The shepherds sing

Narration: But Mary kept all these things

Lullaby: Sweet was the song the Virgin sang

Hymn: Bright portals of the sky

Narration: Now when Jesus was born

The March of the 3 Kings: From kingdoms of wisdom

Choral: No sad thought his soul affright

Epilogue: In the beginning was the Word

BBC Music Magazine

December 2007


“These are…engaging performances… in spacious modern sound…”

MusicWeb International

“This is a work that should be done far more often… The clamour of bells, large and small, and of celebration prepare any audience to go out glowing into the snowy night and home.”

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