Finzi, Howells, Bridge, Warlock, Vaughan Williams
Live from the chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Presented by Christopher Cook
A feast of English music for Christmas from the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra
Gerald Finzi: In terra pax
Herbert Howells: Three Carol-Anthems
Frank Bridge: Christmas dance: Sir Roger de Coverley
Peter Warlock: (arr Hill): Bethlehem Down
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Nicky Spence tenor
Edward Price baritone
BBC Concert Orchestra
David Hill conductor
Three contrasting but much-loved English seasonal favourites lie at the heart of this Christmas programme from the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra. Gerald Finzi's solo cantata "Dies natalis" sets Thomas Traherne's ecstatic words to music of rapturous beauty, while Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia is a high-spirited sequence of traditional carols which takes the listener on a musical journey from Advent to New Year, and Herbert Howells' beautifully-wrought carol-anthems for a cappella choir have become modern choral classics.
Completing the programme, Finzi's evocation of a frosty Christmas Eve, Arnold Bax's hymn to the Virgin Mary, and other choral and orchestral works for the Festive Season by British composers.