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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On Christmas Carols, Hodie [CD]

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  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: British Composers
  • ASIN: B00004YU84
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Fantasia on Christmas Carols [version with strings & organ]: This is the truth sent from above -John Barrow/Choir Of Guildford Cathedral/String Orchestra/Gavin Williams/Barry Rose 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Fantasia on Christmas Carols [version with strings & organ]: Come all you worthy gentlemen -John Barrow/Choir Of Guildford Cathedral/String Orchestra/Gavin Williams/Barry Rose 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fantasia on Christmas Carols [version with strings & organ]: On Christmas night all Christians sing -John Barrow/Choir Of Guildford Cathedral/String Orchestra/Gavin Williams/Barry Rose 1:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fantasia on Christmas Carols [version with strings & organ]: God bless the ruler of this houseJohn Barrow/Choir Of Guildford Cathedral/String Orchestra/Gavin Williams/Barry Rose 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: I. Prologue: Nowell! Nowell!Dame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: II. Narration: Now the birth of Jesus Christ -Dame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: III. Song: It was the winter wildDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: IV. Narration: And it came to pass in those daysDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: V. Choral: The blessed son of GodBach Choir/Sir David Willcocks 2:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: VI. Narration: And there were in the same countryDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 6:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: VII. Song: The Oxen (Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock)Dame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: VIII. Narration: And The Shepherds ReturnedDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 1:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: IX. Pastoral: The shepherds singDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: X. Narration: But Mary kept all these thingsDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey0:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XI. Lullaby: Sweet was the song the Virgin sangDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XII. Hymn: Bright portals of the skyDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XIII. Narration: Now When Jesus Was BornDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XIV. The March of the Three Kings: From kingdoms of wisdom -Dame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 7:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XV. Choral: No sad thought his soul affrightDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XVI. Epilogue: In the beginning was the WordDame Janet Baker/Richard Lewis/John Shirley-Quirk/Bach Choir/Sir Philip Ledger/Douglas Guest/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks/Choristers Of Westminster Abbey 6:170.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

These are Christmas works from early and late in Vaughan Williams's career on digitally remastered reissues of recordings from the Sixties. The magical Fantasia (1912) is folk-song-based and is here performed rather prosaically in the version for strings and organ. 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.

Performance ****
Sound ****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001

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I first became aware of Hodie when I performed the work in high school. While it is true that Vaughn-Williams does use a variety of styles, this is much more than a compendium of musical approaches. Each style is well chosen to provide an appropriate context for the words in a way matched by few composers - intimate in "The Oxen", hushed and reverential in "No sad thought his soul affright", and imposing and even majesterial in "The March of the Three Kings". I can't imagine how anyone could listen to the Epilogue (especially as performed here) with it's quoting of the beginning of St. John's gospel without being utterly moved.
Because of the beauty of the work (only a critic would give it "bad press") and the quality of the performance, it quickly became one of my most beloved recordings, defining for me how this work should be performed just as Karl Richter's Mass in b Minor and Colin Davis's Mozart Requiem have. The singers all have incredibly beautiful voices and each use their voice very sensitively. Just listen to John Shirley-Quirk's simple yet eloquent singing in "The Oxen", describing the animals in the manger on their knees or Janet Baker's "Lullaby" with a beauty that can bring tears to your eyes. Richard Lewis likewise provides a good range from the heroic to the sensitive - one of the best performances of his I have heard. The choral work is likewise fantastic. I have been searching for this work on CD for years to replace my well-loved but somewhat worn-out LP copy and am delighted that it is finally available. If you love choral music, Vaughn-Williams's work, or just appreciate beautiful singing, I would strongly urge you to purchase this recording while it is still available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Cracker 11 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this a couple of years ago and return to it regularly - a sure sign of a good recording. I like the music of Vaughan Williams and this is a good example of his music. The Fantasia was a big surprise - its a lovely setting of some well known carols. John Barrow has a superb baritone voice. The Hodie takes a little more getting into but it is worth the effort. Both choirs and orchestra have good sounds. At this price you can't go wrong!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 21 Dec 2008
By Rosie B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The 'Hodie' is sublime, The opening chorus - towering and exuberant - makes one's hair stand on end. The closing line of the first narration "he shall be called great" is thrilling. I can't find anything to fault in this glorious recording - take some time out and catch up with the real spirit of Christmas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Quality 22 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
From the outset this recording shows quality in performance as well as clarity. The voice of Dame Janet Baker has never been bettered and on this recording conveys a dimension of emotion which is
remarkable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 14 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Hodie - has thrilling settings of wonderful words -
Milton, Hardy, and Herbert and some moving lines from Ursula VW

'Gold from the veins of the earth he brings,
red gold to crown the King of Kings'

The vintage recording is rich and warm and the
singing lives - a real performance.

'Ring out, ye crystal spheres,
Once bless our human ears,
If you have power to touch our senses so;...'

Here, indeed, is music which heralds Christmas,
with power to touch our senses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Christmas 9 Feb 2014
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Lovely collection of pieces, lyrical and calming rather than jolly. Avoid it if you want music for a Christmas party, otherwise I really recommend this.
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