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Saturday, December 23, 2017 Permalink

The Vaughan Williams Christmas Connection

Ralph Vaughan Williams, the "cheeerful agnostic"


The son of a clergyman, he became an atheist in college, then settled for a life as a “cheerful agnostic.”

And yet, he probably wrote more Christmas music than any other modern composer, with a deep love for both the pageantry and the simple joys of the season.

In this hour, orchestral and vocal music by Ralph Vaughan Williams.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Folk Songs of the Four Seasons Dimitri Ensemble, Clare College Choir, Cambridge, David Wilcocks Albion ALBCD010 5060158190102
Hodie & Fantasia on Christmas Carols Stephen Gadd, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Guildford Choral Society, Hilary Davan Wetton Naxos 8.570439 0747313043972
Vaughan Williams Collector’s Edition [for the “Gloucester Wassail” by the London Madrigal Singers] Various EMI Classics 7243 5 75308 2 8 5099920663629
British Viola Concertos [for Suite for Viola & Small Orchestra] Roger Chase, viola; BBC Concert Orchestra, Stephen Bel Dutton CDLX 7216 76538772162
British Symphonic Collection - Ralph Vaughan Williams [for Prelude on an Old Carol Tune]                     Munich Symphony Orchestra, Douglas Bostock Membran 233316 885150333167
Carols of Vaughan Wiliams [for “Wither's Rocking Hymn”] Cardiff Festival Choir, Owain Arwel Hughes  Griffin  GCCD 4072 5027822407225
On Christmas Night [incidental music for Dickens’ A Christmas Carol] & The First Nowell [“In Bethlehem City,” “The Salutation Carol,” “How Brightly Shone the Morning Star,” and “The First Nowell” City of London Sinfonia & Joyful Company of Singers, Richard Hickox Chandos  CHAN 10385 095115138526

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