ArticleNr. SWR19094CD | 1 CD | 59:08 min | Booklet language englisch
Ralph Vaughan Williams
1. Boris Ord (1897–1961): Adam lay ybounden 2. Robert Parsons (1530–1570): Ave Maria 3. Benjamin Britten (1913–1976): A hymn to the Virgin 4. Herbert Howells (1892–1983): A spotless rose 5. Edgar Pettman (1866–1943): The angel 6. Gabriel Peter Wishart (1921–1984): Alleluya, a new work is come on hand 7. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958): This is the truth sent from above 8. Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625): Hosanna to the son of David 9. Anonymous (16th century): Lully, lulla thow little tyne child 10. John Taverner (1944–2013): The lamb 11. Walford Davies (1869–1941): The holly and the ivy 12. Thomas Ravenscroft (1582–1635): Remember, o thou man 13. Elisabeth Poston (1905–987): Jesus Christ the apple tree 14. William Byrd (1543–1623): This day Christ was born 15. Herbert Howells (1892–1983): Sing lullaby 16. David Wilcocks (1919–2015): Tomorrow shall be my dancing day 17. Thomas Adès (*1971): The Fayrfax carol 18. Gustav Holst (1874–1934): In the bleak midwinter 19. Charles Wood (1866–1926): Ding dong merrily on high
Christmas carols are an integral part of Christmas, along with plum pudding and turkey, paper crowns and mistletoe. They’re sung in all major cathedrals and churches, first and foremost in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. Nowadays, carols are associated with religion or Christmas, but this close link has developed only over time. First references to “caroles of Cristemas” can be found in British sources from around 1400. Around 1600 the carol could also take the form of a complex polyphonic choral work, such as William Byrd’s six-part Carroll for Christmas Day (1611). During the 19th century, Christmas carols experienced a renaissance when Christmas was promoted as a holiday and commercialised. From the beginning of the 20th century the Christmas carol gained renewed appreciation on the part of contemporary composers such as Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells and others. This was due in no small part to Vaughan Williams’ musicological research and to the wide dissemination of traditional carols through the Oxford Book of Carols. This recording presents singing at the highest level in Christmas Carols from the Middle Ages to the present day. Thomas Adès, for example, was commissioned to write The Fayrfax Carol in 1997. This is a CD which brings pure Christmas joy into your home.