The Vaughan Williams Christmas Connection
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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 the next hour, orchestral and vocal music for the holidays by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
|Folk Songs of the Four Seasons
||Dimitri Ensemble, Clare College Choir, Cambridge, David Wilcocks
|Hodie & Fantasia on Christmas Carols
||Stephen Gadd, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford Choral Society, Hilary Davan Wetton
|Vaughan Williams Collector’s Edition [for the “Gloucester Wassail” by the London Madrigal Singers]
||EMI Classics 7243 5 75308 2 8
|British Viola Concertos [for Suite for Viola & Small Orchestra]
||Roger Chase, viola; BBC Concert Orchestra, Stephen Bel
||Dutton CDLX 7216
|British Symphonic Collection - Ralph Vaughan Williams [for Prelude on an Old Carol Tune]
||Munich Symphony Orchestra, Douglas Bostock
|Carols of Vaughan Wiliams [for “Wither's Rocking Hymn”]
||Cardiff Festival Choir, Owain Arwel Hughes
||Griffin GCCD 4072
|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