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Presented by renowned historian David Starkey, this epic new BBC series reveals how British Kings and Queens shaped the story of the nationās music: as patrons and tastemakers, and even as composers and performers. It uncovers the role of the crown in the careers of our greatest composers ā from Purcell and Handel to Parry and Elgar; and features exclusive performances of the nationās favourite music, in the historic locations where the monarchy first enjoyed it - from Westminster Abbey and Kingās College Cambridge to Buckingham Palace. This is the music of ceremony, pageantry, and power; music composed for coronations and jubilees, thanksgiving and political expediency.

Starring:
David Starkey
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Runtime 4 hours 0 minutes
Starring David Starkey
Genres Documentary
Studio Acorn Media UK
Rental release 12 August 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles English

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. A. Maurice on 13 Aug. 2013
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A superb combination of David Starkey's erudite presentation of the history of the Monarchy's influence, for good, and ill, on the nation's music from the late 15th century, accompanied by glorious performances.

The Special Features on the DVD include full, and extended, musical performances.
The selection is:
1. 'Why Fum'th in Fight' Thomas Tallis.
2. 'Nay Let Me Weepe' Orlando Gibbons.
3. 'My Heart is Inditing' Henry Purcell
4. 'Zadok the Priest' George Frideric Handel
5. 'Hallelujah Chorus' George Frideric Handel
6. 'Al lampo dell'armi'
(from 'Guilio Cesare' ) George Frideric Handel
7. 'Beati Quorum Via' Charles Villiers Stanford.
8. 'Jerusalem' Hubert Parry.

All involved in the production of this series are to be congratulated.
Perhaps a special thank you to the Sound Engineer for splendidly recording the glorious performances.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Withers on 24 Nov. 2013
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Sometimes, faced with David Starkey on my TV screen, I feel a little as though I'm in a meeting with my moral tutor, being chastised for various juvenile misdemeanours. Not here - the warmth comes through, though the brows may remain somewhat beetled.

The real eye-opener here is Episode 1, about Henry V. If we apply the lines of the Chorus in Shakespeare's play:

"Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them 
Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth"

to a later quote: Henry after Agincourt:

"Do we all holy rites; Let there be sung 'Non nobis' and 'Te Deum;' The dead with charity enclosed in clay"

we will find David Starkey and his musicians have done the thinking for us. His commentary on the historical Henry reveals an astonishing musical figure, hitherto unsuspected by me, anyway.

Thanks to you Brits for paying the licence fee and letting the BBC produce such programmes for the entertainment of the rest of us Now if only the BBC would get on and put onto DVD Simon Russell Beale's series on the symphony, we'd be even more grateful. Meanwhile, John Bridcut's documentary "The Prince and the Composer" is available and well worth a watch.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2013
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This is a fascinating series which should prove interesting to people with only a passing interest in classical music, as well as being detailed and authoritative enough to satisfy those who are more familiar with Italian opera and English choral music (and everything in between) from the 16th century through to the 20th century.
Each of the four 60-minute programmes is structured around the music itself. The narrative of each programme is told by Dr Starkey, but the excellent musical performances aren't used merely as background or interludes. Instead they form the underlying theme for each period so that the whole production itself resembles a complex musical composition, with the aural interest forming the backbone of the episode; Starkey's explanation and commentary acting as the main melody, all enhanced by interesting visuals either of the performers themselves or of royal palaces, building, paintings and places.
The result is a remarkably rewarding series of programmes which succeeds in entertaining and informing the viewer. And unlike many modern documentaries, the visual presentation adds to the voice-over and music - the viewer isn't swamped by a series of disconnected and irrelevant images which the producer happened to think might `add drama'...

If you truly don't like opera, or military music, religious hymns or formal presentation of choral arrangements then really this series probably isn't for you. There is as much music as there is history (and this DVD features extended and full-length versions of many of the segments which appear in short form in the actual programmes). If you don't like watching close-up vocal performers giving their all, then move right along.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter Ferrer on 22 Sept. 2013
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A real study in their talent of monarchs for music and music used for them. Stirring stuff -commentary just right and not intrusive. Well worthy set
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By scharliem on 31 Aug. 2013
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A marvellous experience, musically as well as historically , presented by Dr. Starkey in a unique and expressive way.
Shame only for the DVD cover, instead of his face I would have liked to see the image of a beautiful cathedral and may be some choirboys dressed in flamboyant red ....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fyfe Petit on 3 Nov. 2013
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Saw the program on TV. Excellent presentation. Bought two copies one for us and one as a present. Delivery very propt and packaging good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Baldock on 28 Dec. 2013
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Excellent presentation. Brings history to life and also helps me to remember who was on the throne and when. Excelent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Nielsen on 14 Feb. 2015
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This interesting documentary details how music has been part of the life and times of British moarchs. From the middle ages to elisabeth the second starkey and a host of Experts and performers explain and show the importance of the music and composers WHO were at Court and their influence on society as a Whole. It is truly fascinating to Watch this documentary. There is more to music than meets the eyes or ears as it is. Starkey certainly knows his field and he is a pleasure to Watch as are the Experts and performers.
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