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Vaughan Williams: Carols, Songs & Hymns [CD]

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Dec 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Park Records
  • ASIN: B00494WNLM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Golden Carol 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Blake's Cradle Song 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Blessed Son Of God 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Snow In The Street 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wither's Rocking Hymn 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Drinking Song (Back And Side Go Bare) 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Whither Must I Wander? 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Willow Whistle 1:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Linden Lea 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Divine Image 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Woodcutter's Song 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Come Down O Love Divine 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Fierce Raged The Tempest 1:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. At The Name Of Jesus 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Into The Woods My Master Went 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Night Is Come 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. God Be With You Till We Meet Again 2:400.99  Buy MP3 

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Brand new Christmas project from Steeleye frontwoman, Maddy Prior. Joined once again by The Carnival Band, this new collection finds Maddy interpreting the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams in carol, hymn and song.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Vaughn Williams 9 Dec 2010
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Maddy Prior and Carnival Band return with this outstanding recording. This time they bring together a number of Carols, Songs and Hymns associated with Ralph Vaughn Williams.
Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band have had association with the composer Vaughan Williams before on their very first album, 1986's Tapestry Of Carols, A Tapestry of Carols and their version of `The Sussex Carol'. Vaughn Williams was a great collector and composer of English music. He composed classical music compositions, songs, and hymns. He collected English folk music and helped to protect it from being lost forever. Sometimes he would arrange and marry song and tune together. And as illustrated on some of the tracks here he would add poetry by well known poets to tunes to create songs and carols. Some of the tracks have music from Traditional source and some are his own compositions.
The album comprises all original compositions, and demonstrates the full range of Vaughn Williams talent. It shows his understanding of English folk music and its people.
Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band give a magic performance on this interesting concept album. I saw them perform some of these pieces live in concert recently and they said that they are not usually so associated with Ralph Vaughn Williams. And they joked that "we are usually associated with the composers Trad and Anon". But these compositions are in safe hands with Maddy and the Carnival Band. The result is a fresh and rousing celebration of this great music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone's taste... 29 Dec 2010
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This CD, as mentioned in the title, is not everyone's taste. Maddy and the Carnival Band have produced a really nice selection of the carols, hymns and songs collected by Vaughan Williams. If listened to in order the CD starts gently, saving the better known "VW" tunes for later. Those who buy this expecting the sound from other Carnival Band CDs may be disappointed. Persevere, listen again, read the lyric sheet and, above all, remember how these tunes would have been sung/performed in the churches and villages before the advent of modern instruments and indeed modern sound desks. Credit where credit is due - well done Maddy and The Carnival band; it will go with my Christmas/winter CDs and will continue to grow on me.
I would have liked more information with the sleeve notes - where had "VW" collected the tune? What had been the thinking behind the arrangement on the CD.
More please - Thank you
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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The theme of this album is that all the music is associated with Ralph Vaughan Williams, either as composer or arranger. The first five tracks are seasonal Christmas songs, including the hauntingly beautiful "Wither's Rocking Hymn" (but only using four of the 12 verses written George Wither in the 17th century) and a setting of Miles Coverdale's "The Blessed Son of God". The rest are a mixture of hymns and settings of folk-songs and poetry. Two favourites are Robert Louis Stevenson's "Whither Must I Wander" and William Barnes's "Linden Lea". Some of the hymns are very familiar to me, such as the magisterial "Come Down O Love Divine" to the tune Vaughan Williams named after his birthplace, the Cotswold village of Down Ampney, and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" to the tune "Randolph". Others I had not encountered before or heard for a long while; for example the tune "King's Weston" seems to have fallen out of favour in recent years and is rarely used with the hymn "At the Name of Jesus" these days.

The Carnival Band provide restrained instrumental accompaniment on an assortment of string, woodwind and percussion instruments as well as providing backing and harmony vocals. The quality of the musicianship is not in question here, it is of the highest order, but I found this selection lacked the 'joie de vivre' which comes through in the early Maddy Prior/Carnival Band recordings such as "A Tapestry of Carols" and "Carols and Capers". This is perhaps unavoidable in a 'single composer' selection, particularly because Vaughan Williams tends towards the melancholy in much of his music. Nevertheless there is much to enjoy here and it is growing on me with each listening.

My main criticism is the lack of accompanying information about Vaughan Williams and his music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great interest to VW collectors 8 May 2014
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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.
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