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Carols of Ralph Vaughan Williams GCCD 4072
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Carols of Ralph Vaughan Williams GCCD 4072

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"With Vaughan Williams and the Cardiff Festival Choir comes strength of a different kind.  This derives partly from the performers, but largely from RVW who,....having to find harmonies for them, did so in a way that suited their character...The choir perform with spirit....the women....with unfailing beauty of tone" composed for the church of the twentieth century.

 

Total time: 62:54

 

The present Griffin disc cuts a broad swathe through RVW's carols and at the same time reminds us that this composer .....believed in community music-making in whatever setting he could serve: here the Christmas carol service or concert.

This Griffin CD programme ws recorded by the distinguished Brian Culverhouse at Cardiff University in June and November 1995.  The singing is eager and rhythmically virile.

The texts are reproduced in full in the generous booklet - another strength to an already strong disc. 

Rob Barnett - MusicWeb - December 2012

Tracklist
Track Name Composer Artist
Hereford Carol (Come all ye Faithful Christians) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
Quem Pastores (Shepherds Left Their Flocks) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
Snow in the Street (From Far away we Come to you) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
Song of the Crib (Joseph Dearest) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
The Holy Well (As it Fell out one May Morning) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
The Salutation Carol (Noel, This is the Salutation) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
Blake's Cradle Song (Sweet Dreams) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
O Little Town (O Little Town of Bethlehem) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
Gloucestershire Wassail (Wassail, Wassail) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
The Miraculous Harvest (Rise up, Rise up) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
Children's Song of the Nativity (How Far is it to Bethlehem) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
The Golden Carol (Now is Christemas y-come) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
Wither's Rocking Hymn (Sleep, Baby, Sleep) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
This Endris Night (Behold the Great Creator) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
Coverdale's Carol (Now Blessed be Thou) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
The Truth from Above (This is the truth from above) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
All in the Morning (It Was on Christmas Day) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ
Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night) Ralph Vaughan Williams Cardiff Festival Choir: Aarwel Hughes, conductor; Robert Court, organ