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on 8 May 2011
Perfection in every way. I'm no Royalist at all, but what a wonderful day this was for everyone to enjoy in their own way. Me, well I enjoyed every second of the music in Westminster Abbey, and this album is a special piece of music to listen to and reflect on ... particularly the captivating "This Is The Day" ...
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on 13 May 2011
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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on 13 June 2011
Excellent! Gives the full music, including the pieces which didn't feature on the TV coverage (I'm thinking of the march from "the Birds" in particular). The recording is full and atmospheric providing a fine reminder of a great occasion. Everything comes across very well and it is gratifying to have the service complete, with no abbreviations or omissions.
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on 8 September 2011
The Royal Wedding - The Official Album

This is a brilliant recording of all the music played on that Wedding Day including the new piece by John Rutter. As I was hearing (and seeing) the whole ceremony as it happened I hoped the recording would be as good. It really is superb and the CD is a must for lovers of British music and Crown Imperial makes you want to stand up and be proud.
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on 2 June 2011
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.
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on 12 June 2011
Great Cd - lovely to have the whole service - vows, readings etc. A worthwhile momento of what is potentially our future King's wedding.
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on 2 September 2011
The recording captures the ceremony very well, without any distracting TV or Radio commentary. I watched the ceremony on TV and was particularly taken by Parry's 'I was Glad'. Having listened to a number of other performances of this piece, I decided that this CD had the 'best' peformance. At a few points it is possible to hear the clicking of camera shutters in the background (not really distracting). Others will no doubt have their preferences, but this has the advantages of a magnificant organ, choir, orchestra and a live performance all well balanced.
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on 8 May 2011
Besides the obvious elements of it being the Royal Wedding, it is a wonderful CD done with real power and the type of pomp glory the British do best. The orchestra, choir and wonderful organ all work together magically and all things aside, this is a great CD if you just want to listen to the music.
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on 22 June 2011
A great souvenier of this magnificent occasion. Very well edited and some of the most moving English music in the setting of Westminster Abbey. The supporting CD has evidence of the presence of the congreation, but perhaps this adds to the atmosphere of the occasion.
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on 16 August 2011
Finally, I own this CD. The music is excellent and I highly recommend it for everyone who not only love the Royal Wedding of William and Kate, but classical music as well.

Greetings from the USA!! :)
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