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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646742196
  • Catalog Number: 4674219
  • Sales rank: 371,938

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn & Jorgen Ernst Hansen (5:34)
  2. 2 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra (6:16)
  3. 3 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah - George Frideric Handel & English Chamber Orchestra (4:05)
  4. 4 Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni) - Tomaso Albinoni & Marie-Claire Alain (7:14)
  5. 5 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & Choir of New College, Oxford (3:18)
  6. 6 Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11 - Gabriel Fauré & Philippe Caillard Chorale (4:45)
  7. 7 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Act 3. Scene 3. Air & Chorus. Let the bright Serap - George Frideric Handel & Terry Edwards (7:08)
  8. 8 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & Plácido Domingo (3:25)
  9. 9 Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra) - Edward Elgar & Hubert Parry (2:29)
  10. 10 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Edward Elgar & Edward Elgar (4:17)
  11. 11 Requiem, for soprano, 2 tenors, bass & chorus: Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd) - Herbert Howells & I Fagiolini (2:29)
  12. 12 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - César Franck & Marie-Claire Alain (4:23)
  13. 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 (2:48)
  14. 14 Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Act 3. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Sinfonia - George Frideric Handel & Il Giardino Armonico (3:14)
  15. 15 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Wedding March - Richard Wagner & Jorgen Ernst Hansen (2:21)
  16. 16 Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5 - Charles-Marie Widor & Marie-Claire Alain (5:28)
  17. 17 Toccata for organ No. 3 in G major: (conclusion) - Théodore Dubois & Marie-Claire Alain (2:30)
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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Best Wishes! Victoria-to-William Nuptial Music

    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.

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