A Boy was Born – Britten, Vaughan Williams
King's College Choir; David Hill; David Willcocks
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4840781
Barcode
00028948407811
Format
1-CD
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN
A Boy was Born, Op. 3#
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30*
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28+                                                                   

Rachel Masters, harp+
Peter Barley, organ*
Ladies from the Cambridge University Chamber Choir#
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Hervey Alan, bass-baritone
London Symphony Orchestra
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
David Willcocks

Track previews
A Boy Was Born, Op. 3: A Boy Was Born (Theme)
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Procession
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Recession
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Deo Gracias
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Spring Carol
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: In Freezing Winter Night
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Interlude
Ceremony Of Carols, Op. 28: This Little Babe
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: As Dew in Aprille
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Balulalow
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: That Yongë Child
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: There Is No. Rose
Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28: Wolcom Yule!
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: Hallelujah
A Boy Was Born, Op. 3: Variation 1: Lullay, Jesu
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For H is the spirit
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For I am under the same accusation
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For the flowers are great blessings
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For the mouse is a creature of great personal valour
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: For I will consider my cat Jeoffrey
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30: Rejoice in God, O ye Tongues
A Boy Was Born, Op. 3: Variation 6: Finale - Noel!
A Boy Was Born, Op. 3: Variation 5: in The Bleak Mid-Winter
A Boy Was Born, Op. 3: Variation 4: The Three Kings
A Boy Was Born, Op. 3: Variation 3: Jesu As Thou Art Our Saviour
A Boy Was Born, Op. 3: Variation 2: Herod
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Recording information

Recording Producers: Christopher Hazell (Britten); Andrew Raeburn (Vaughan Williams)
Balance Engineers: Simon Eadon (Britten); Kenneth Wilkinson (Vaughan Williams)
Recording Location: King’s College, Cambridge, UK, 1 August 1962 (Vaughan Williams); 19 March, 21–23 September and 12–13 December 1990 (Britten)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Original Releases: Decca 433 215-2 (Britten); Argo ZRG 5333 (Vaughan Williams)

Reviews

‘For multitudes of listeners… these performances… have become the representative interpretations… reproduced here in vibrant if occasionally saturated sonics.’ Classics Today (Britten)

‘Refined, beautifully controlled readings… very apt coupling.’
Penguin Guide (Britten)

‘Willcocks’s opening tempo is spot on, and the dark hues of the choral accompaniment (always in excellent tune) have a persuasive significance… there is an impression of flamboyance in the larger chemistry of the choir’s exquisite intonation and ensemble, the fervour of Hervey Alan’s delivery, the spacious acoustic and the warmth of the LSO strings.’
Gramophone, December 2018 (Vaughan Williams)