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Titolo branoArtista Durata Prezzo
ascolta  1. Fantasia on Christmas Carols (arr. for baritone, choir, organ and string orchestra)Roderick Williams12:18Solo album
ascolta  2. On Christmas Night: Prelude: God rest you merry - Allegro agitato -Roderick Williams 1:51EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta  3. On Christmas Night: Marley's Ghost: Allegro moderato e pesante -Roderick Williams 1:42EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta  4. On Christmas Night: The Spirit of Christmas: Lento -Roderick Williams0:49EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta  5. On Christmas Night: Fezziwig's Christmas Party: Molto moderato -Roderick Williams 2:15EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta  6. On Christmas Night: Fezziwig's Parlour: Allegro -Roderick Williams 4:16EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta  7. On Christmas Night: Morris jig: Allegro molto -Roderick Williams 1:42EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta  8. On Christmas Night: The Triumph: Allegro moderato -Roderick Williams 2:07EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta  9. On Christmas Night: Roger de Coverley -Roderick Williams 1:02EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta10. On Christmas Night: Midnight: Lento -Roderick Williams 1:44EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta11. On Christmas Night: A procession: Lento -Roderick Williams 2:45EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta12. On Christmas Night: Victorian Drawing Room: Andante sostenuto -Roderick Williams0:56EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta13. On Christmas Night: Bob Cratchit's Christmas Party -Roderick Williams 1:27EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta14. On Christmas Night: Bob Cratchit's Toast: Lento -Roderick Williams0:32EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta15. On Christmas Night: Black Nag: Allegro -Roderick Williams 1:35EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta16. On Christmas Night: Procession of the Nativity: LentoRoderick Williams 3:20EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta17. The First Nowell: Prelude: God rest you merry - The truth from above (Baritone, Chorus)Sarah Fox 4:55EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta18. The First Nowell: Angelus ad Virgenem (Soprano)Sarah Fox 1:34EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta19. The First Nowell: The Salutation Carol (Chorus)Sarah Fox 2:04EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta20. The First Nowell: The Cherry Tree Carol: Joseph was an old man (Chorus)Sarah Fox 1:55EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta21. The First Nowell: The Cherry Tree Carol: As Joseph was awalking (Soprano)Sarah Fox 1:32EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta22. The First Nowell: Joseph and Mary (Baritone, Chorus)Sarah Fox 2:39EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta23. The First Nowell: In Bethlehem City, "A Virgin most pure" (Chorus)Sarah Fox 2:35EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta24. The First Nowell: The Sussex Carol (Baritone and Chorus)Sarah Fox 1:20EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta25. The First Nowell: The Salutation Carol: 'Tidings true be come new (Chorus)Sarah Fox 1:07EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta26. The First Nowell: How brightly shone the morning star (Chorus)Sarah Fox 3:19EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta27. The First Nowell: InterludeSarah Fox0:56EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 
ascolta28. The First Nowell (Soprano, Baritone, Chorus)Sarah Fox 5:08EUR 0,89  Acquista brano 

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1.Fantasia on Christmas Carols (bearb. für Orgel und Streicher)
2.Prelude: God rest you merry - Allegro agitato -
3.Marley's ghost: Allegro moderato e pesante -
4.The spirit of Christmas: Lento -
5.Fezziwig's Christmas party: Molto moderato -
6.Fezziwig's parlour (Scene 2): Allegro -
7.Morris jig: Allegro molto -
8.The triumph: Allegro moderato -
9.Roger de Coverley -
10.Midnight: Lento -
11.A procession: Lento -
12.Victorian drawing room: Andante sostenuto -
13.Bob Cratchit's Christmas party -
14.Bob Cratchit's toast: Lento -
15.Black nag: Allegro -
16.Procession of the nativity: Lento
17.Nr. 1 Prelude: God rest you merry - The truth from above
18.Nr. 2: Angelus ad virginem
19.Nr. 3: The salutation carol
20.Nr. 6 The cherry tree carol: 1. Teil
21.Nr. 7 The cherry tree carol: 2. Teil
22.Nr. 8: Joseph and Mary
23.Nr. 9: In bethlehem City (A Virgin most pure)
24.Nr. 15: The sussex carol
25.Nr. 16: 'tisings true there be come new (The salutation carol)
26.Nr. 17: How brightly shone the morning star
27.Nr. 18: Interlude
28.Nr. 20: The first nowell


This was a coupling just waiting to be made. Praise to Chandos for having a listening ear . Faultless too is the seasonal timing. The disc will also draw in a legion of RVW enthusiasts who will have pounced on a CD that offers premiere recordings of On Christmas Night and the Fantasia at least in this version. I was not aware that The First Nowell had been recorded by anyone else but this is its first appearance on CD. RVW fans need have no misgivings about the performances either. Christmas was one of the wellsprings from which Vaughan Williams drew his creativity. Quite apart from these three works he is responsible for arrangements of numerous carols in the democratising English Hymnal as well as the major tableaux cantata Hodie. If you look at these dates and add his hymnal work you can see that the inspirational grip of carols and Christmas not quite the same thing - on the agnostic composer was unremitting. The Fantasia on Christmas Carols was dedicated to Cecil Sharp and is based on the four carols: 'The Truth sent from above', 'Come all you worthy gentlemen', 'On Christmas Night' and 'There is a fountain filled with blood', plus hints of other carols. This recording uses the alternative scoring using an organ plus strings accompaniment. The 1960s EMI Barry Rose/John Barrow version also uses the string version but no organ. John Barrow etches the syllables with more precision than Roberts but on the other hand Roberts is rock-steady while Barrow leans on more vibrato. The rumbling analogue atmosphere of the Guildford version is absent and the choir is recorded with great subtlety and dynamics are observed with fine and comely precision. On Christmas Night was originally called A Christmas Carol. It derives from an adaptation of the Dickens story. This began as a ballet score commissioned by Adolf Bolm, who had been a principal dancer with Diaghilev. It was first performed in 1926. The ballet must have made a pleasing contrast with the usual Nutcracker. While the Fantasia is all serenity and mysticism, On Christmas Night is much more varied. In the Prelude and Marley s Ghost we are treated to some real grotesquerie and grand guignol out of Pilgrim s Progress and Riders to the Sea. Of course serenity is admitted at the gate and The Spirit of Christmas is touched with Dives and Lazarus and the Falstaff-Father Christmas amble of the bassoon surely is meant to recall The Keel Row as is Morris Jig. Sir Roger de Coverley (also beloved of Frank Bridge) can also be heard graciously stepping it out at Fezziwig s Party and under its own name at track 9. There is a magically entranced Midnight that mixes The First Nowell and The Truth sent from above. Out of this hush also emerged, some years later, Finzi s Christmas choral piece In Terra Pax. In The Black Nag, not for the first time, the Hardyesque country fiddler can be heard bowing it higher and higher amid the plumes of breathy condensation. The Procession of the Nativity mixes serene voices from what he later used in the Prelude to the music for the Forty-Ninth Parallel with sensitively sung carols and warmingly harmonised brass writing topped off with the Nativity bells. All ends in warmth and serenity. The First Nowell is a nativity play for soloists, chorus and small orchestra, was arranged and adapted from medieval pageants by Simona Pakenham. --Music web.

Essential listening:three of VW's major christmas-related works, in top flight performances. --BBC Music Magazine, Christmas '12

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