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A Fitting Tribute and Memory Minder,
This review is from: The Royal Wedding - The Official Album (Audio CD)
There are few celebrations that affect the world like British Royalty festivals and April 29th, 2011 will go down as one of the more memorable ones - the Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Though there will likely be many videos released of the occasion, this collection is the music and the spoken words from the ceremony that took place in Westminster Abbey. The non-royal performers included the London Chamber Orchestra and Fanfare Team and the Choirs of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal Choir - the choirs conducted by James O'Donnell and the orchestra by Christopher Warren-Green. The orchestral works were the usual for occasions such as these - the music of Sir William Walton, Sir Edward Elgar and Benjamin Britten and the choral and other chamber music included works by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and John Rutter.
A welcome addition to the 'usual players' was the presence of Paul Mealor whose 'Ubi caritas et amor' seemed the emotional highlight then as it does on this CD. But there is a lot of very beautiful choral music here (especially the Psalms settings by John Rutter). And who can resist the splendor of brass fanfares resounding throughout a cathedral? There is a decided warmth in the sound of the audience joining in the hymns sung by all concerned and in general this combination of the spoken words and the glorious British music is as grand as it gets. A worthy reminder of the elegance and gentility of the monarchy. Grady Harp, May 11.
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Initial post: 13 May 2011 13:24:59 BDT
simon mack says:
Posted on 3 Jun 2011 13:14:58 BDT
Good review Gardy Harp.
The arrangements and performance of the music were outstanding.
I thought this CD would have been a huge seller, but not the case apparently.
A great souvenir of a day that really struck a chord (lousy pun) with the nation.
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