A "fantasia" in the truest sense, this choral tapestry of English carols was composed in 1912 after Vaughan Williams had completed the scores for his first symphony ("The Sea") and the Tallis fantasia. In this relatively short work for baritone soloist, chorus and orchestra, we find the essence of Vaughan Williams' style and compositional mastery - hallmarks of a richly productive artistic output that defined a nationalist movement in music that continues to this day. Centered on four traditional carols - The Truth Sent From Above; Come All You Worthy Gentlemen; On Christmas Night and There Is a Fountain - it also features fragments of other well-known carol tunes.
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