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Glorious

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 028947648796
  • Catalog Number: 4764879
  • Sales rank: 20,538

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Wright Primary Artist, Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Nicholas Dodd Choir Conductor
Steven Baker Piano
Richard Hein Conductor
Lucie Svehlov√° 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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