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New Water Music For The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva Screen
  • ASIN: B007VP1LSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Allegro-Andante-Allegro - Anne Dudley,
  2. Slowish - Graham Fitkin,
  3. Rigaudon - Howard Goodall,
  4. Passepied - Gavin Greenaway,
  5. Jubilee Gavotte-rock - Christopher Gunning,
  6. Alla Hornpipe - Adrian Johnston,
  7. Bourree - John Lunn,
  8. Overture & Allegro - Julian Nott,
  9. Allegro - Jocelyn Pook,
  10. Air On The River - Stephen Warbeck,
  11. Gigue - Debbie Wiseman.

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Newly commisioned music from the composers of classic popular TV/Film music such as Downton Abbey, Brideshead Revisited, Shakespear In Love, Gladiator, Poirot and The Promise. New Water Music for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant - world premiere. As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, eleven of Britain's most renowned film composers have created a new work using for inspiration the original titles of Handel's Water Music. This new suite of music will be performed live for the first time as part of The Thames Pageant, the historic event celebrating Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee which is anticipated to have a worldwide audience in excess of one billion people. The composers, who each contribute one movement, are Anne Dudley (an Oscar-winner for THE FULL MONTY), Graham Fitkin (described by The Independent in 1998 as 'one of the most important of our younger composers'), Howard Goodall (creator of the themes for BLACK ADDER, THE VICAR OF DIBLEY and MR. BEAN), Gavin Greenaway (conductor of over 50 film scores including GLADIATOR and THE DARK KNIGHT), Christopher Gunning (creator of the famous Martini commercial and the theme from POIROT), Adrian Johnston (BRIDESHEAD REVISITED and BECOMING JANE), John Lunn (DOWNTON ABBEY), Julian Nott (WALLACE & GROMIT), Jocelyn Pook (EYES WIDE SHUT and BRICK LANE), Stephen Warbeck (an Oscar-winner for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE) and Debbie Wiseman (THE PROMISE and LAND GIRLS).

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I am very glad I bought this cd. The music was specially composed for performance on a barge that took part in the Diamond Jubilee `flotilla' on 3rd June 2012. It is not an album of sentimentally patriotic music; nor is it an attempt to re-compose Handel's original piece. But it is an album that should make you feel proud of British composers and musicians today.
All eleven composers have, to a greater or lesser degree, written music for film and television. They were each given the title of a movement from the original Water Music, and asked to take it as a starting point for inspiration. Each composer conducts their own piece, recorded here by the marvellous `H20' ensemble in a studio one month before the flotilla. There is a certain continuity to the album, perhaps because the composers knew they were writing specifically for this group. The overall sound reminds me of modern orchestras like `Icebreaker' (strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, electric keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars) but maybe not so `modernist'.
Of course with 11 different composers you are bound to have some pieces that you prefer to others. Project co-ordinator Gavin Greenaway's piece is easily the least impressive, sounding a bit like a bland tv theme for a sports programme. Howard Goodall (of Blackadder/QI fame)'s contribution was also a bit insipid, although improving in the middle. Even these two pieces sound fairly good played by H20.
OK grumbles over. Anne Dudley is deservedly first on this cd; she kicks off with a wonderfully brave and bold fanfare-like theme, full of tension and expectation. She seems to make a point of accentuating the `fast-slow-fast' form found in baroque music; the central section features a sumptuous trumpet melody fit for a royal occasion.
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For the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant, inspired by Handel, came an imaginative commission for a modern equivalent of the Water Music, to be played during the royal progress along the Thames. In the event, at least for those watching the abysmal BBC television coverage, nothing of it (and most of the other musical contributions) was heard, thanks to ill-informed commentary and pointless celebrity chit-chat. Not only were we deprived of this much-hyped element of the celebrations, but the distinguished composers might have felt comprehensively snubbed by such treatment.

Fortunately, the new music was recorded in the studio, with the composers each conducting their own pieces, in advance of the day, resulting in this CD - very interesting and very well-played.

Within a variety of moods, all the music is celebratory as well as characteristic of each composer and deserves to be heard and circulated widely. The boost that hearing it on the day would have given it will I fear have greatly reduced interest and impact, so I hope that by some means it can continue to be promoted. Perhaps this review will help in a modest way. This is a very enjoyable recording!
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The recent BBC2 series presented by Howard Goodall was his Story Of Music as it seemed a rather ambitious undertaking as it began with the earliest known as Gregorian Chants before anyone thought of adding instruments but by the time it reached modern times you began to notice what was missing.
Such as Jocelyn Pook who is on this CD.
BBC1 on the other hand seemed to lose it long ago and their coverage of the Diamond Jubilee was basically rubbish.You could write a book about the fall of BBC1.
I never saw it but heard it named on the News as the independent channels said as much
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