VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: THE FIRST NOWELL; BACH: CANTATA NO. 63; MENDELSSOHN: VON HIMMEL HOCH - LONDON PHILHARMONIC, JUROWSKI
Vladimir Jurowski conducts Bach, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams
Bach, J S: Cantata BWV63 'Christen, aetzet diesen Tag'
Mendelssohn: Von Himmel hoch, chorale cantata
Vaughan Williams: The First Nowell
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 5 December 2009
Lisa Milne (soprano), Ruxandra Donose (mezzo soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor) & Christopher Maltman (baritone)
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Vladimir Jurowski
This disc is a far cry from the typical fare we’ve come to expect on the shelves around the Christmas season. The inclusion of Bach’s sublime Cantata 63 and Mendelssohn’s Vom Himmel hoch give the disc a year round appeal.
Vaughan Williams’ joyful The First Nowell is a veritable feast of well loved carols and the London Philharmonic Choir together with soloists Lisa Milne and Christopher Maltman exude Christmas cheer.
Vaughan Williams himself said ‘I think that every Christmas play ought to begin with God rest you Merry and end with The First Nowell.’