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Music for a Royal Wedding, 2011

Album Summary

>Benjamin, Arthur : Fanfare for a Festive Occasion, for brass
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
>Walton, William : Henry V
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for Organ no 5
>Delibes, Léo [Composer] : Lakme
>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
>Horner, James : For the Love of a Princess
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Armstrong, Craig : Romeo + Juliet
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Holst, Gustav : I vow to thee, my country
>Anonymous : God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland)
Performers Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Britain's Silva Screen Records has built up a considerable library of recordings of classical music and re-recordings of film scores, enabling it to assemble this commemorative compilation for release a few weeks in advance of the wedding of Prince William. There is no shortage of wedding CDs, of course, but the key word here is "royal." The selections include some of the traditional music that might be expected on any wedding collection: the Bridal March from Wagner's Lohengrin and the Wedding March from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer's Night's Dream, for example. But this one is notable for particularly British themes such as Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 and, of course, God Save the Queen. It is interesting to note the more contemporary music that has found its way into the wedding service, starting with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Pie Jesu from his Requiem, a somber piece, and William Walton's Overture and The Globe Theatre from his score for the Laurence Olivier film version of Henry V, which William's father, Prince Charles, used for his second marriage to Camilla Parker-Bowles. Other film music relating to weddings featured here includes James Horner's "For the Love of a Princess" from Braveheart and Craig Armstrong's "The Balcony Scene" from the Baz Luhrmann-directed Romeo + Juliet. There is plenty of music here to entertain guests at those parties to watch the wedding on the giant-screen TV before the big event, as well as music that future brides may employ on their own big days. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Benjamin, Arthur : Fanfare for a Festive Occasion, for brass
  • Ensemble: Massed Fanfare Trumpets
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Webber, Andrew Lloyd : Pie Jesu, for soprano, treble & orchestra (from the Requiem)
  • Performer: Lesley Garrett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Bridal March
  • Performer: Rick Clark (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1907

>Walton, William : Henry V :: Overture. The Globe Theatre
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1943-1944

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for Organ no 5 :: Toccata
  • Performer: Rick Clark (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Delibes, Léo [Composer] : Lakme :: Sous le dome epais (The Flower Duet)
  • Performer: Lesley Garrett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1937-1963
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Horner, James : For the Love of a Princess
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Armstrong, Craig : Romeo + Juliet :: The Balcony Scene
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1996

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Wedding March
  • Performer: Rick Clark (Organ)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Holst, Gustav : I vow to thee, my country
  • Performer: Helena Blackman (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1921

>Anonymous : God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740