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Wedding: Essential Classics

Audio Samples

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>     Bridal Chorus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons
>     Spring
>     Autumn
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Mouret, Jean-Joseph : Sinfonies de Fanfares
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3
>     Air on the G String
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
>Brahms, Johannes : Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 156, "Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe" BWV 156
>     Arioso
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Lute Concerto, RV 93
>     Largo
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March

Album Summary

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Mouret, Jean-Joseph : Sinfonies de Fanfares
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
>Brahms, Johannes : Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 156, "Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe" BWV 156
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Lute Concerto, RV 93
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Band Aid Studio, Long Beach, CA.

For better or worse, certain classical pieces have become standard and predictable fare for weddings, and apart from the merits of given works in their original contexts, their familiarity in nuptial ceremonies make them expected selections for this package from Somerset Entertainment. The program contains conventional favorites by Pachelbel, Bach, Vivaldi, Wagner, and seven other composers, that are regularly used as processional and recessional music, as well as offerings that are perhaps suitable for meditations and other quiet parts of a service. The CD is packaged with a booklet containing readings and verses, and the attractive cloth cover gives it the appearance of a wedding album. Where this collection may disappoint is in the adult contemporary arrangements by Daniel May, performed by the Avalon Consort, which are about as sugar-coated and soft-focused as can be imagined without veering into soft pop elevator music. The music is still recognizable, but the wordless vocals, wispy flute, shimmering Celtic harp, glistening piano arpeggios, and schmaltzy strings make these tracks almost too sweet for consumption. Even so, there are listeners who will find this disc pretty and not object to the reworking of these perennials or the album's crossover quality. ~ Blair Sanderson



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Works Details

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Performers: Zachary Rossi (Viola); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Daniel May (Piano); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Bridal Chorus
  • Performers: Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Dorothy Collins (Voice); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Daniel May (Piano); Lucinda Walker (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Performers: Zachary Rossi (Viola); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Dorothy Collins (Voice); Daniel May (Piano); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons :: Spring
  • Performers: Lucinda Walker (Flute); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Daniel May (Piano); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Daniel May (Piano); Dorothy Collins (Voice); Darius Gottlieb (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Mouret, Jean-Joseph : Sinfonies de Fanfares
  • Performers: Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Daniel May (Piano); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1729

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
  • Performers: Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Daniel May (Piano); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Darius Gottlieb (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons :: Autumn
  • Performers: Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Daniel May (Piano); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Bettina Gregory (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 :: Air on the G String
  • Performers: Daniel May (Piano); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Darius Gottlieb (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • Performers: Daniel May (Piano); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Lucinda Walker (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Brahms, Johannes : Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39
  • Performers: Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Daniel May (Piano); Darius Gottlieb (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1865

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 156, "Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe" BWV 156 :: Arioso
  • Performers: Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Dorothy Collins (Voice); Daniel May (Piano); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Lucinda Walker (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 01/23/1729

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Lute Concerto, RV 93 :: Largo
  • Performers: Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Daniel May (Piano); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lucinda Walker (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Lucinda Walker (Flute); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Daniel May (Piano); Dorothy Collins (Voice); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Bettina Gregory (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
  • Performers: Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Daniel May (Piano); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Bettina Gregory (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1697.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1697