Vaughan Williams Christmas Choral Works Recorded in London
January 30, 2007
A remarkably clement January weekend in London was the backdrop for the recording of two Vaughan Williams Christmas choral works. Hodie, published shortly before the end of the composer’s life in 1954 and originally known by its English title This Day, is a cantata for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, choir and orchestra. The work sets a variety of texts from, among others, the Gospels, Milton and Hardy. The recording took place at Cadogan Hall and featured the Guildford Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Hilary Davan-Wetton. Soloists were Janice Watson, Peter Hoare and Stephen Gadd.
The accompanying piece was the Fantasia on Christmas Carols which dates from 1912 and interweaves familiar Christmas themes with the less commonplace. Stephen Gadd sung the baritone solo part, again with the Guildford Choral Society and RPO.
The recording was produced by K&A’s Andrew Walton and release is planned for Christmas 2007.