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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On Christmas Carols

The City of London Sinfonia

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On Christmas Carols

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1
Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Joseph Cullen
Roderick Williams
Band

Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia

 

12:19 Play $5.10
2
On Christmas Night - Prelude: God rest you merry - Allegro agitato

On Christmas Night - Prelude: God rest you merry - Allegro agitato

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
01:51 Play $1.70
3
On Christmas Night - Marley's Ghost: Allegro moderato e pesante

On Christmas Night - Marley's Ghost: Allegro moderato e pesante

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
01:42 Play $1.70
4
On Christmas Night - The Spirit of Christmas: Lento

On Christmas Night - The Spirit of Christmas: Lento

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
00:49 Play $1.70
5
On Christmas Night - Fezziwig's Christmas Party: Molto moderato

On Christmas Night - Fezziwig's Christmas Party: Molto moderato

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
02:15 Play $1.70
6
On Christmas Night - Fezziwig's Parlour: Allegro

On Christmas Night - Fezziwig's Parlour: Allegro

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
04:16 Play $1.70
7
On Christmas Night - Morris jig: Allegro molto

On Christmas Night - Morris jig: Allegro molto

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
01:42 Play $1.70
8
On Christmas Night - The Triumph: Allegro moderato

On Christmas Night - The Triumph: Allegro moderato

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
02:07 Play $1.70
9
On Christmas Night - Roger de Coverley

On Christmas Night - Roger de Coverley

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
01:02 Play $1.70
10
On Christmas Night - Midnight: Lento

On Christmas Night - Midnight: Lento

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
01:44 Play $1.70
11
On Christmas Night - A procession: Lento

On Christmas Night - A procession: Lento

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
02:45 Play $1.70
12
On Christmas Night - Victorian Drawing Room: Andante sostenuto

On Christmas Night - Victorian Drawing Room: Andante sostenuto

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
00:56 Play $1.70
13
On Christmas Night - Bob Cratchit's Christmas Party

On Christmas Night - Bob Cratchit's Christmas Party

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
01:27 Play $1.70
14
On Christmas Night - Bob Cratchit's Toast: Lento

On Christmas Night - Bob Cratchit's Toast: Lento

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
00:31 Play $1.70
15
On Christmas Night - Black Nag: Allegro

On Christmas Night - Black Nag: Allegro

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
01:35 Play $1.70
16
On Christmas Night - Procession of the Nativity: Lento

On Christmas Night - Procession of the Nativity: Lento

Composer Ursula Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adolph Bolm
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Sarah Fox
Roderick Williams
Band City of London Sinfonia
Joyful Company of Singers
03:20 Play $1.70
17
The First Nowell - Prelude: God rest you merry - The truth from above (Baritone, Chorus)

The First Nowell - Prelude: God rest you merry - The truth from above (Baritone, Chorus)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Simona Pakenham
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Roderick Williams
Sarah Fox
Band Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
04:55 Play $1.70
18
The First Nowell - Angelus ad Virgenem (Soprano)

The First Nowell - Angelus ad Virgenem (Soprano)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Simona Pakenham
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Roderick Williams
Sarah Fox
Band Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
01:34 Play $1.70
19
The First Nowell - The Salutation Carol (Chorus)

The First Nowell - The Salutation Carol (Chorus)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Simona Pakenham
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Roderick Williams
Sarah Fox
Band Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
02:04 Play $1.70
20
The First Nowell - The Cherry Tree Carol: Joseph was an old man (Chorus)

The First Nowell - The Cherry Tree Carol: Joseph was an old man (Chorus)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Simona Pakenham
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Roderick Williams
Sarah Fox
Band Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
01:55 Play $1.70
21
The First Nowell - The Cherry Tree Carol: As Joseph was awalking (Soprano)

The First Nowell - The Cherry Tree Carol: As Joseph was awalking (Soprano)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Simona Pakenham
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Roderick Williams
Sarah Fox
Band Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
01:32 Play $1.70
22
The First Nowell - Joseph and Mary (Baritone, Chorus)

The First Nowell - Joseph and Mary (Baritone, Chorus)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Joseph Cullen
Roderick Williams
Band

Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia

 

02:39 Play $1.70
23
The First Nowell - In Bethlehem City, "A Virgin most pure" (Chorus)

The First Nowell - In Bethlehem City, "A Virgin most pure" (Chorus)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Joseph Cullen
Roderick Williams
Band

Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia

 

02:35 Play $1.70
24
The First Nowell - The Sussex Carol (Baritone and Chorus)

The First Nowell - The Sussex Carol (Baritone and Chorus)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Joseph Cullen
Roderick Williams
Band

Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia

 

01:20 Play $1.70
25
The First Nowell - The Salutation Carol: 'Tidings true be come new (Chorus)

The First Nowell - The Salutation Carol: 'Tidings true be come new (Chorus)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Traditional
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Joseph Cullen
Roderick Williams
Band

Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia

 

01:07 Play $1.70
26
The First Nowell - How brightly shone the morning star (Chorus)

The First Nowell - How brightly shone the morning star (Chorus)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Simona Pakenham
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Roderick Williams
Sarah Fox
Band Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
03:19 Play $1.70
27
The First Nowell - Interlude

The First Nowell - Interlude

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Simona Pakenham
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Roderick Williams
Sarah Fox
Band Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
00:56 Play $1.70
28
The First Nowell - The First Nowell (Soprano, Baritone, Chorus)

The First Nowell - The First Nowell (Soprano, Baritone, Chorus)

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Simona Pakenham
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Roderick Williams
Sarah Fox
Band Joyful Company of Singers
City of London Sinfonia
05:06 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 69 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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This unique album conducted by Richard Hickox (famous for his interpretations of Vaughan Williams), with the City of London Sinfonia presents the premiere recording of Vaughan Williams's On Christmas Night and the only available recording of The First Nowell.

This album is licensed for download from Chandos.
Download includes - cover art, booklet
Richard Hickox

Richard Hickox

Richard Sidney Hickox was an English conductor of choral, orchestral and operatic music. He won a Grammy as well as a number of Gramophone awards for his work and was also named Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for his contribution to music.
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The City of London Sinfonia

The City of London Sinfonia

Firmly established as one of the UK's leading chamber orchestras, City of London Sinfonia (CLS) was founded in 1971 by the late Richard Hickox.

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‘...The late Richard Hickox leads a beautiful performance of all three works. Indeed, his Fantasia on Christmas Carols I think the best I've heard. Sarah Fox is sweet-voiced in both On Christmas Night and The First Nowell. Roderick Williams (or maybe Simon Keenlyside) may well be my favorite baritone right now. He possesses a beautiful voice which he uses intelligently. His breath control seems to know no limit and allows him to phrase anywhere he wants and to subtly color his line. The choir and orchestra are thoroughly professional, but it's the ensemble and the music that become the stars. Highly recommended.' ClassicalNet.com

‘On home ground here, Richard Hickox obtains excellent performances from his own City of London Sinfonia, the fresh-voiced Joyful Company of Singers, and two fine soloists, Good sound too.' BBC Music Magazine
‘Hickox makes an eloquent case for the score, which is handsomely played by the City of London Sinfonia. As for Vaughan Williams's nativity play ‘The First Nowell', it almost combines innocence and knowingness as any good Nativity play should.'
International Record Review

‘An absolute joy for everyone' The Organ

‘This is safe Richard Hickox territory and he obtains idiomatic and enjoyable performances. Splendid recorded sound.' Sunday Times



Vaughan Williams loved Christmas and had a lifelong passion for carols, admiring their freshness, beauty and nobility. Vaughan Williams' seasonal compositions reflect his love of Christmas in general and of carols in particular.

The Fantasia on Christmas Carols was dedicated to Cecil Sharp and is based on four traditional English carols: ‘The Truth sent from above', ‘Come all you worthy gentlemen', ‘On Christmas Night' (The Sussex Carol) and ‘There is a fountain filled with blood', plus hints of other carols. This is a recording of the alternative scoring using an organ and strings accompaniment rather than orchestral.

On Christmas Night was originally called A Christmas Carol as it was a free adaptation of Dicken's story of the same name. This ballet score commissioned by Adolf Bolm, a principal dancer with Diaghilev's company and first performed in 1926. The work receives its premiere recording on this release. The score is very atmospheric and juxtaposes complex melodies with simple folk tunes, and interspersed with carols. The First Nowell, a nativity play for soloists, chorus and small orchestra, was arranged and adapted from medieval pageants by Simona Pakenham. A number of traditional tunes are included in Vaughan Williams's arrangement such as On Christmas Night, The Cherry Tree Carol and God rest you merry. Vaughan Williams said to Pakenham, ‘I think that every Christmas play ought to begin with God rest you Merry and end with The First Nowell.'

This truly is music to be cherished.

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