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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 would

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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.

Product Details

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

Tracks

  1. Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March
  3. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  4. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah
  5. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)
  6. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu
  7. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11
  8. Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 3. Scene 3. Air & Chorus. Let the bright Serap
  9. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma
  10. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod
  11. Requiem, for soprano, 2 tenors, bass & chorus: Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)
  12. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass
  13. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ) in D major
  14. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Act 3. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Sinfonia
  15. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Wedding March
  16. Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5
  17. Toccata for organ No. 3 in G major: (conclusion)

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Music for a Royal Wedding [Warner] 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
howsweetthesound More than 1 year ago
This collection of music from British Royal weddings celebrates these favorites for joyous ceremony. Any couple planning a wedding would be proud to include a selection performed on this CD. Soloists, organ, orchestras and choirs tug at our heartstrings with traditional pieces known and performed for centuries. The selections included in the Victoria-to-William time span also range from early to modern, from 1653 through the 20th century, from tender to grandiose, easily recognized and memorable. Organists Ernst Hansen and legendary Marie-Claire Alain showcase the organ works. Most appealing choral works are Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine, and Handel's Let the Bright Seraphim. Tenor Plácido Domingo represents the epitome of excellence in Puccini's Nessun dorma. It would be puzzling for the modern bride to select the Fauré Pié Jesu or Howells Psalm 23, works linked with sorrow today. Apparently they evoked tenderness and caring in the time they were used for weddings. The wildly popular yet controversial hymn "Jerusalem" was used in the William/Catherine wedding, as was the Widor Tocatta from the Fifth Symphony, making this compilation inclusive through 2011. The recordings were made from 1958 to 2001, with the quality of sound quite varied; the earliest recording is the "weakest link" in the collection. What a surprise that Handel's "Let the Bright Seraphim." is done by the Welsh alto Helen Watts---the treasure of hearing her elegant voice would be reason enough to acquire this CD. It would also be helpful to have more discussion of these compositions in the accompanying booklet. While audiences are fond of these familiar pieces, more explanation of the performers, ensembles, orchestras, and organs would be appreciated. It is a delight to hear these marches, arias, solos, toccatas, and choruses which bring back memories, illustrate musical standards, and celebrate the joy of any wedding ceremony.