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The Three Elizabeths [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000666A4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 'Halcyon Days' From The Three Elizabeths - Coates
2. Ah, Alas You Salt Sea Gods - Farrant
3. His Golden Locks - Dowland
4. De La Court - Parsons
5. The Queen's Goodnight - Robinson
6. A Solfing Song - Tallis
7. Fair Britain Isle - Byrd
8. The Silver Swan - Gibbons
9. Weep, Weep, Mine Eyes - Wilbye
10. 'Poet' From The England Of Elizabeth - Vaughan Williams
Disc: 2
1. 'Spring Time In Angus' From The Three Elizabeths - Coates
2. Fantasia On British Sea Songs - Wood
3. Derby Day - Farnon
4. Spitfire Prelude And Fugue - Walton
5. The Dambusters March - Coates
6. 'Youth Of Britain' From The Three Elizabeths - Coates
7. Coronation Te Deum - Walton
8. I Was Glad - Parry
9. A State Ball At Buckingham Palace - Haydn Wood
10. State Occasion - Farnon
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The Three Elizabeths is a two-disc compilation of Naxos recordings and takes its title from an eponymous suite by Eric Coates composed in 1944 to celebrate the childhood, youth and monarchy of Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Naxos extends the title to include also the reigns of Elizabeth I and II emphasising the Coates connection by beginning each section with a movement from his suite. The brasses and tiddly-pom clarinets of Coates' Halcyon Days sit oddly with the pieces by Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Dowland and others which make up the Virgin Queen's tribute. At least the performances are well chosen although the yokellish pronunciation of Elizabethan English in the Rose Consort contributions are a little too contrived.

The selection of pieces for the 20th-century Elizabeths depicts the stiff-upper-lip determination to enjoy life which the royals have maintained. This served them well in the war (cue Walton's Spitfire Prelude and Fugue and Coates' Dambusters March) but has given them a reputation for shallowness in peace-time. Three of the composers featured here (Coates, Robert Farnon and Haydn Wood) are best known for their TV and radio themes. Indeed there seems to have been a conscious decision to avoid the challenging--Britten's Gloriana is not even included--in favour of the trite. The closest to profound the second disc comes is Walton's Te Deum which is taken from Naxos' superb CD of the choir of St John's Cambridge. The largest chunk of the recording is given to Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs which is the excusable opportunity for the audience to let off steam at the end of the Proms. Now you can make rude noises during the "Hornpipe" in the comfort of your own home. --Rick Jones

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting compilation at bargain price 27 May 2009
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Bought this specifically for the recording of the Eric Coates 'The Three Elizabeths Suite' (of which there are few recordings it seems). Although played by a band rather than full orchestra I was very pleased with these 3 tracks. The other items included on the double CD make an interesting and varied collection and the performances and recording quality are both very good. The 'sleeve' notes are also interesting. Very good value.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Three Elizabeths 14 Feb 2014
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When I initially saw the item it was priced at 4.25 but when I ordered it the price had gone up to 9.00, although I notice it has gone down again. The wife liked the compilation and so it was bought as a present.
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