The London Philharmonic Orchestra takes part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June as part of the 1000 boat flotilla celebrating the Queens 60th anniversary. Its musicians will play works chosen for their association with British history and London landmarks, recorded here to capture the spirit of the occasion and to serve as a memento of a unique day. Highlights of the music include Percy Graingers Country Gardens, Jupiter from Gustav Holsts The Planets, Thomas Arnes Rule, Britannia!, the James Bond Theme, The Dam Busters by Eric Coates and two works by Elgar Nimrod from Enigma Variations and Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1. The CD closes out with a performance of the National Anthem. *CD released to mark the London Philharmonic Orchestras participation in the flotilla on the afternoon of Sunday 3 June as part of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. *This is the official diamond jubilee album endorsed by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The perfect accompaniment for street parties and other Jubilee celebrations. *Includes music performed on board The Symphony music herald barge as part of the 3 June flotilla. *CD offers a selection of popular works by great British (and Commonwealth) composers written during the time of our Queens reign. *Musical tracks are programmatically linked to the iconic landmarks the Orchestra passes along The Thames, and repertoire includes grand ceremonial works, pastoral music and patriotic anthems by composers including Thomas Arne, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Eric Coates, Sir Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst and Sir William Walton.
This official soundtrack to the recent festivities has an unashamedly populist slant, David Parry and the LPO presenting what are effectively a succession of musical figureheads commensurate with the celebration of a national figurehead. There's Coates's elegant "Knightsbridge March" and Holst's stirring "Jupiter". The more rustic sides of the national character are indulged in Arnold's jaunty "Padstow Lifeboat" and Grainger's "Country Garden". But it's in the most populist contributions of all the "Dambusters March", Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme", and the Chariots Of Fire theme that we become more keenly aware of our preferred mirror of our national character. *** --Independent,09/06/12