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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: Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Daniel May (Piano); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Bettina Gregory (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Bridal Chorus
  • Performers: Bettina Gregory (Violin); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Daniel May (Piano); Dorothy Collins (Voice)
  • 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: Dorothy Collins (Voice); Daniel May (Piano); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Zachary Rossi (Viola)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

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

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

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

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

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons :: Autumn
  • Performers: Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Daniel May (Piano)
  • 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: Zachary Rossi (Viola); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Daniel May (Piano); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

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

>Brahms, Johannes : Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39
  • Performers: Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Zachary Rossi (Viola); Daniel May (Piano); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Bettina Gregory (Violin); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp)
  • 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: Bettina Gregory (Violin); Lloyd Swenson (Guitar); Shawna Selline (Celtic Harp); Dorothy Collins (Voice); Daniel May (Piano); Darius Gottlieb (Cello); Lucinda Walker (Flute); Zachary Rossi (Viola)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 01/23/1729

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

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

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