Music for a Royal Wedding [Warner]

Music for a Royal Wedding [Warner]

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Warner's album, Music for a Royal Wedding, was released in time to coincide with the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton in the spring 2011. It includes a wide assortment of pieces that have been played or sung "at the wedding services of every British royal from Queen Victoria to the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana." (It wouldSee more details below

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Warner's album, Music for a Royal Wedding, was released in time to coincide with the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton in the spring 2011. It includes a wide assortment of pieces that have been played or sung "at the wedding services of every British royal from Queen Victoria to the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana." (It would have been an intriguing trove of trivia if the notes told which pieces were played at whose weddings.) As it is, the compilation is a fairly predictable collection of music associated with weddings and all the standards are here. The most outré selection is "Nessun dorma," from Puccini's opera "Turandot," sung here by Luciano Pavarotti. It certainly has a sweepingly romantic tone, but anyone who used it at a wedding must have been counting on the fact that no one would actually know what the tenor is singing about. There's an error in the track listings: track four promises the Adagio from Tomaso Albinoni's very obscure "Concerto for trumpet and strings (or organ) in F," but traditionalists don't need to worry; it's the same Adagio (actually written in 1945 by Remo Giazotto) that's widely known and loved, played here in an arrangement for trumpet and organ. The performances are very fine, most of them by some of the most acclaimed musicians of the era. The sound is almost always good, but because of the many different venues of the recordings, the ambience can vary widely from track to track. The album should serve well anyone who's looking for a broad assortment of music appropriate for weddings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646742196
catalogNumber:
4674219
Rank:
386383

Tracks

  1. Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)  - Hubert Parry  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  -  BBC Symphony Chorus  - Andrew Davis  - Shaun Mills
  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Jorgen Ernst Hansen  - Shaun Mills
  3. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement  - Johann Pachelbel  -  Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra  - Jean-François Paillard  - Jean-François Paillard  - Shaun Mills
  4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Raymond Leppard  - Shaun Mills  -  English Chamber Orchestra Chorus
  5. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)  - Tomaso Albinoni  - Marie-Claire Alain  - Maurice André  - Shaun Mills
  6. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu  - Gabriel Fauré  -  Choir of New College, Oxford  - Edward Higginbottom  -  Capricorn  - Shaun Mills
  7. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11  - Gabriel Fauré  -  Philippe Caillard Chorale  - Louis Frémaux  -  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra  - Shaun Mills
  8. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 3. Scene 3. Air & Chorus. Let the bright Serap  - George Frideric Handel  - Terry Edwards  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Raymond Leppard  -  London Voices  - Helen Watts  - Shaun Mills
  9. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma  - Giacomo Puccini  - Plácido Domingo  - Nello Santi  -  Deutschen Opernorchester  - Shaun Mills
  10. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod  - Edward Elgar  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Shaun Mills
  11. Requiem, for soprano, 2 tenors, bass & chorus: Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)  - Herbert Howells  -  I Fagiolini  - Shaun Mills
  12. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass  - César Franck  - Marie-Claire Alain  - Camille Maurane  - Shaun Mills
  13. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ) in D major  - Jeremiah Clarke  - Maurice André  -  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra  - Jörg Faerber  - Jörg Faerber  - Shaun Mills
  14. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Act 3. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Sinfonia  - George Frideric Handel  -  Il Giardino Armonico  - Shaun Mills
  15. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Wedding March  - Richard Wagner  - Jorgen Ernst Hansen  - Shaun Mills
  16. Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5  - Charles-Marie Widor  - Marie-Claire Alain  - Shaun Mills
  17. Toccata for organ No. 3 in G major: (conclusion)  - Théodore Dubois  - Marie-Claire Alain  - Shaun Mills

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