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Vaughan Williams: Hodie, Fantasia On Christmas Carols


Release Date: 08/05/2009 
Label:  Emi Studio Catalog #: 69872   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  John Shirley-QuirkRichard LewisDame Janet Baker
Conductor:  Sir David WillcocksBarry Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraBach ChoirWestminster Abbey Choristers,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hodie (1954) is on a large scale, an ‘anthology’ cantata, with settings of Hardy, Herbert and Milton among others interspersed among the Biblical narration. It had a bad press when it appeared, but it is Vaughan Williams in his most lyrical mood surveying, at 82, his style as it developed from Wenlock Edge days to his ‘Antarctic’ period. The performance by David Willcocks and distinguished soloists is still the best on disc.

-- Michael Kennedy, BBC Music Magazine [reviewing EMI 67427]
Hodie (1954) is on a large scale, an ‘anthology’ cantata, with settings of Hardy, Herbert and Milton among others interspersed among the Biblical narration. It had a bad press when it appeared, but it is Vaughan Williams in his most lyrical mood surveying, at 82, his style as it developed from Wenlock Edge days to his ‘Antarctic’ period. The performance by David Willcocks and distinguished soloists is still the best on disc.

-- Michael Kennedy, BBC Music Magazine [reviewing EMI 67427]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hodie by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Bass), Richard Lewis (Tenor), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Bach Choir,  Westminster Abbey Choristers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Language: English 
2.
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Barry Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildford Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Language: English 

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