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The truth sent from above

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This is the truth sent from above
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The truth sent from above is a game of musical consequences. Its origins lie in a sacred folksong. Cecil Sharp identified one version in Shropshire; Ralph Vaughan Williams heard another in 1909 in Herefordshire, publishing it shortly afterwards. Text and melody were later used in the composer’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, first performed in Hereford Cathedral in 1912. The version heard here is an arrangement of Vaughan Williams’s music by Christopher Robinson, former Director of Music at St John’s College. This highly sensitive reworking adds an organ accompaniment but maintains the character and much of the substance of Vaughan Williams’s four-part setting.

from notes by Martin Ennis © 2018

Recordings

A choral Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD257Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Advent Live, Vol. 1
SIGCD535Download only
Christmas
Studio Master: CDA68299Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 7 on CDA68299 [3'07]
Track 7 on SIGCD257 [2'59] Download only
Track 3 on SIGCD535 [2'40] Download only

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