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Cardiff Festival Choir: Carols of Vaughn Williams   

Hereford Carol
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night (unspecified tune)
Snow in the Street ("From far away we come to you"), carol for chorus
Song of the Crib
The Holy Well, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional Carols from Herefordshire No. 1 & No. 2; 2 versions)
The Salutation Carol
Blake's Cradle Song ("Sweet dreams, form a shade o'er my lovely infant's head"), carol for chorus
O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")
Wassail Song ("Wassail, wassail, all over the town"), carol for chorus ("Gloucestershire Wassail")
The Miraculous Harvest, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional Carols from Herefordshire No. 10)
How Far Is It to Bethlehem? (Children's Song of the Nativity) (Tune: Stowey) (English)
The Golden Carol ("Now is ChristĂmas y-come"), carol for chorus
Wither's Rocking Hymn ("Sweet baby, sleep! What ails my dear?"), carol for chorus
Behold the great Creator makes, hymn ("This Endris Nyght")
Christmas Hymn ("Now Blessed by Thou, Christ Jesu"), for baritone or tenor, chorus & orchestra in F major (Choral Hymns No. 2)
The truth sent from above, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 6)
And All in the Morning ("On Christmas Day"), carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 1)
On Christmas Night, carol for chorus or voice & piano ("Sussex Carol"; Traditional English Carols No. 2)

Listeners who love the sound and mood of the most traditional Christmas carols and hymns should be delighted with this collection of choral arrangements made by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The majority of the pieces are traditional English carols, many of which the composer collected himself as part of his research on folk song. For several of the carols where only a text survives, he wrote the melody. A few of the selections may be familiar to American audiences and a few more to fans of English choral music, but by and large these carols will be obscure to general audiences. Their tone tends to be gently contemplative rather than exuberantly celebratory; they're more similar to "Away in a Manger" than "Joy to the World." Vaughan Williams' intent was to create music that could be sung by the average church congregation or church choir, so the arrangements are simple and traditional. Some are arranged for unison singing, but most are in four parts.

Item code: 2054C | 1 CD | $12.95 |add item to cart
Choral | Mixed | Wales
GRF 4072

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