Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This album was officially released in conjunction with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of England, marking the 60th year of her reign. It comes with a small map marking the pageant route along the Thames, and the program is made up of British favorites that the London Philharmonic could probably play blindfolded not to take anything away from the light-handed direction of David Parry. Yet this is more than a souvenir item no photos are included, and even an anti-monarchist might enjoy it, albeit more as a guide to what the monarchy means in the early 21st century than as a celebration. The program includes such new traditions as the "Chariots of Fire Theme," by ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This album was officially released in conjunction with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of England, marking the 60th year of her reign. It comes with a small map marking the pageant route along the Thames, and the program is made up of British favorites that the London Philharmonic could probably play blindfolded not to take anything away from the light-handed direction of David Parry. Yet this is more than a souvenir item no photos are included, and even an anti-monarchist might enjoy it, albeit more as a guide to what the monarchy means in the early 21st century than as a celebration. The program includes such new traditions as the "Chariots of Fire Theme," by Vangelis who is Greek, and the "James Bond Theme" indubitably British, but lacking the gravity traditionally associated with events of this kind. There is, however, plenty of tradition on hand. Thankfully it is leavened with humor from time to time. The opener is not Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1," which is reserved for the end, right before "God Save the Queen." Instead you get the Elgar piece's cousin, Walton's "Orb & Sceptre," which has a delightful way of pricking the pomp-and-circumstance balloon whenever it threatens to get too inflated. Along the way are chestnuts like the "H.M.S. Pinafore" overture, and less-common items like Malcolm Arnold's bracing "Padstow Lifeboat." Another Walton work, The Globe Playhouse overture from the "Henry V Suite," adds the necessary Renaissance component to the modern conception of British royalty, and the program as a whole does justice to the persistence of the idea. As a slice of merrie old England in the present day, you could do a lot worse than this little collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: London Philharmonic
  • UPC: 854990001635
  • Catalog Number: 63
  • Sales rank: 397,081

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland) - Anonymous & London Philharmonic Orchestra (0:52)
  2. 2 Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1 - Edward Elgar & London Philharmonic Orchestra (5:48)
  3. 3 Rule, Britannia, for orchestra/band (with voice and/or chorus ad lib) - Thomas Arne & London Philharmonic Orchestra (1:33)
  4. 4 Fantasia on British Sea Songs, for orchestra: See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes - Henry J. Wood & London Philharmonic Orchestra (1:34)
  5. 5 Fantasia on British Sea Songs, for orchestra: Jack's the Lad - Henry J. Wood & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:27)
  6. 6 Fantasia on British Sea Songs, for orchestra: The Saucy Arethusa - Henry J. Wood & London Philharmonic Orchestra (1:47)
  7. 7 The James Bond Theme, theme from film series - Monty Norman & David Arnold (2:46)
  8. 8 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter - Gustav Holst & London Philharmonic Orchestra (7:45)
  9. 9 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Edward Elgar & London Philharmonic Orchestra (4:34)
  10. 10 Country Gardens, folk song for orchestra (arrangement not by Grainger) (BFMS 22) - Percy Grainger & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:26)
  11. 11 Chariots of Fire, theme from the film score - Vangelis & London Philharmonic Orchestra (3:18)
  12. 12 The Padstow Lifeboat, march for orchestra, Op. 94 - Malcolm Arnold & Philip Lane (4:16)
  13. 13 Radio 4 UK, television theme for orchestra - Fritz Spiegl & London Philharmonic Orchestra (5:35)
  14. 14 H. M. S. Pinafore (The Lass that Loved a Sailor), operetta: Overture - Arthur Sullivan & Sir William Schwenk Gilbert (4:24)
  15. 15 London (London Every Day), suite for orchestra: Knightsbridge March - Eric Coates & London Philharmonic Orchestra (4:36)
  16. 16 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John in Love") - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Ralph Greaves (4:29)
  17. 17 Orb and Scepter, coronation march for orchestra - William Walton & London Philharmonic Orchestra (7:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Parry Primary Artist
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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    Great fun!

    This recording features the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of David Parry performing music for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. As the flotilla made its way down the Thames, the pieces performed had historical tie-ins to the various locations that were being passed, which did indeed influence the selections chosen.

    Particularly pleasing are: Fantasia on Greensleeves (Vaughan Williams), Radio 4 UK Theme (Arr. Spiegl & Arian), Country Gardens (Grainger), The Globe Playhouse Overture (Walton), March from “The Dam Busters” (Coates), Nimrod from Enigma Variations (Elgar), Jupiter from “The Planets” (Holst – this is gorgeous!), the James Bond Theme is just a guilty pleasure, and Jack’s the Lad (Wood – this is just flat-out fun),

    Kudos goes to the French horns and Timpani, as they particularly stand out in several pieces. This disc is just great fun, and one hopes the Queen herself had a wonderful time not only at the celebration but listening to the music as well. Every work on the recording is performed well. Highly recommended.

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