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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hodie; Fantasia on Christmas Carols

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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Hodie (This Day), Christmas cantata for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra
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Vaughan Williams’s Christmas Cantata 'Hodie' (This Day) is a brilliant mosaic of musical styles set to poetry from the most diverse sources. Texts by Milton, Hardy, and George Herbert reflecting various Christmas experiences are bound together by a narration of the Gospel Nativity story sung in unison by a boys’ choir. With its gripping blend of mysticism, heavenly glory and human hope, 'Hodie' flows with a vitality and inventiveness that belie a work written in Vaughan Williams’s old age.



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Performer: Stephen Gadd (Bass)
  • Conductor: Hilary Wetton
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (01/13/2007-01/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1912

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Hodie (This Day), Christmas cantata for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Stephen Gadd (Bass); Peter Hoare (Tenor); Janice Watson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hilary Wetton
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (01/13/2007-01/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 55 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1953-1954