Surprisingly successful - I say this as someone who has a huge number of recordings of VW's music. Contrary to what some other reviewers have suggested, all these pieces are original VW compositions, even if some of them do sound very like "Traditional".. It's a pity that credit is not given in the note to whomever made the arrangement and made the selections - someone clearly must have had a wide knowledge of VW's music to put this collection together. The Blake Songs, for example, would be well of the radar of anyone who isn't a VW fan. The hymn-tunes and carols included here were written by VW for larger collections (Engish Hymnal, Oxford Book of Carols, Songs of Praise). Many of the other tunes he included in those collections were his arrangements of folk-tunes or traditional sources, but those have not been included on this CD. I prefer to listen to the hymn-tunes sung this way by a clear solo voice than to the way the way they would normally be performed, sung by a congregation lagging a fraction of a beat behind an organist! "At the Name of Jesus", for example, is turned here into a rather jolly march instead of the usual dirge.
Linden Lea is of course a hardy perennial for singers, but it's a pity the text used here was not the Dorset dialect version, which would have fitted better with the "folky" approach of the CD. "Back and Side Go Bare" abstracted from the opera Sir John in Love / In Windsor Forest when sung by the men of the Carnival Band really does sound like a traditional tune, with only some peculiar key shifts giving the clue that it's original VW.
This is the only recording of "The Willow Whistle", as far as I know.