Only Britain could put on such a creative masterpiece as the recent royal wedding.
The music chosen by the couple and Charles is magnificent and timeless, and this recording has captured it as well as any I have heard.
The fact that it is live is a real blessing. Also the fact that the recording had to be mastered within four hours of the end of the service. Thus less time was spent messing around with it. This comes over clearly in the end result. It is fresh and vibrant.
The organ is clear and deep and the trumpets soaring but not harsh. The choir is really good considering it is all live - no re-takes here! The odd cough and dropped book adds to the atmosphere, and the acoustic of Westminster Abbey is wonderful.
I have resorted to buying largely SACD's these days inorder to get a decent sound. But this disc bucks the trend of poor quality, over-worked sound on standard CD.
You will be hard pressed to find better recordings of "I was glad", "Crown Imperial", "This is the day" and "Ubi caritas". The fanfares are a bonus and the hymns are all enjoyable. Even "The national anthem", with its introduction written specially for the wedding, is worth a regular playing if only for the lovely organ part growling away under the rest of the music.
If you like good music well recorded then this disc is for you.