Glorious

Glorious

by Laura Wright
     
 
One of many classical crossover releases designed to capitalize on the patriotic spirit that's swept the U.K. in 2012, Suffolk soprano Laura Wright's second solo album, Glorious, has a stronger pedigree than most thanks to the inclusion of the official anthem of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. With its African drums,

Overview

One of many classical crossover releases designed to capitalize on the patriotic spirit that's swept the U.K. in 2012, Suffolk soprano Laura Wright's second solo album, Glorious, has a stronger pedigree than most thanks to the inclusion of the official anthem of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. With its African drums, cinematic strings, and tribal chants, "Stronger as One," the album's only original composition, feels more like a number from The Lion King than a dedication to Britain's second longest-reigning monarch, but other than the delicate fingerpicking acoustic rendition of Bette Midler's "The Rose," the rest of the follow-up to 2011's folk-themed The Last Rose is far more traditional. Alongside rousing choral numbers such as Hubert Parry's "Jerusalem" and Elgar's "Land of Hope and Glory," there are much-loved Celtic ballads "Danny Boy" and the Robert Burns-penned "A Red, Red Rose," a gorgeously elegant interpretation of Vera Lynn's World War II standard "The White Cliffs of Dover," and perhaps unsurprisingly given the current wave of Olympic fever, a suitably anthemic adaptation of Vangelis' classic "Chariots of Fire." An exquisite a cappella reworking of Elgar's "Nimrod," a piece she previously performed on All Angels' second album, Into Paradise, shows just how much her voice has developed since her classical girl band days. And although she's sometimes drowned out by the City of Prague Philharmonic's occasionally bombastic arrangements, particularly on Princess Diana favorite "I Vow to Thee, My Country," Glorious, on the whole, more than justifies its title.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0028947648796
catalogNumber:
4764879
Rank:
154762

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laura Wright   Primary Artist,Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Nicholas Dodd   Choir Conductor
Steven Baker   Piano
Richard Hein   Conductor
Lucie Svehlová   Concert Master
Lincoln Jean-Marie   Chant
Fridrik "Frizzy" Karlsson   Guitar
Apollo Voices   Choir, Chorus
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Geoff Lawson   Keyboards
Noah Stewart   Tenor (Vocal)
Reading Blue Coat School   Choir, Chorus
Doublefvoices   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Edward Elgar   Composer
Gustav Holst   Composer
Hubert Parry   Composer
Amanda McBroom   Composer,Text
William Blake   Text
John Barry   Composer
Don Black   Text
Rupert Coulson   Engineering
Karl Jenkins   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Joe Mulholland   Text
Vangelis   Composer
Ray Burmiston   Cover Photo
Robert Fardell   Choir Manager
Nat Burton   Text
Chris Barrett   Engineer
Steven Baker   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Orchestration
Lindsay Anderson   Text
Jan Holzner   Engineering
Paul Chessell   Art Direction
Robert Burns   Composer
Chris Foster   Choir Manager
Arthur Christopher Benson   Text
Cecil Spring-Rice   Text
Jon Bailey   Engineer,Engineering
Donna Duggan   Marketing Consultant
Tom Bailey   Engineer,Engineering
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Phil da Costa   Engineering
San Juan de la Cruz   Text
Geoff Lawson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Robert Hartshorne   Composer,Text

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