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Glorious Majesty: Music For English Kings & Queens

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Handel, George Frideric : Alleluia
>Handel, George Frideric : The King Shall Rejoice, coronation anthem no 2 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 260
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthems (4)
>Byrd, William : O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium)
>Purcell, Henry : Thou knowest, Lord, Z. 58c
>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74
>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode ("Land of Hope and Glory"), for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
>Elgar, Edward : Imperial March, Op. 32
>Elgar, Edward : O Hearken Thou, offertory for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 64
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation March, for orchestra, Op. 65
>Elgar, Edward : Nursery Suite
>     no 4. The Sad Doll
>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
>Walton, William : Coronation Te Deum, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra
>Walton, William : Coronation March "Orb and Sceptre"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O taste and see
>Bourgeois, Louis : All People That on Earth Do Dwell
>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, Op. 53a
>     1. Tournament
>     3. Courtly Dances
>Anonymous : God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland)

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Handel, George Frideric : Alleluia
>Handel, George Frideric : The King Shall Rejoice, coronation anthem no 2 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 260
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthems (4)
>Byrd, William : O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium)
>Purcell, Henry : Thou knowest, Lord, Z. 58c
>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74
>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode ("Land of Hope and Glory"), for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
>Elgar, Edward : Imperial March, Op. 32
>Elgar, Edward : O Hearken Thou, offertory for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 64
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation March, for orchestra, Op. 65
>Elgar, Edward : Nursery Suite
>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
>Walton, William : Coronation Te Deum, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra
>Walton, William : Coronation March "Orb and Sceptre"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O taste and see
>Bourgeois, Louis : All People That on Earth Do Dwell
>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, Op. 53a
>Anonymous : God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Composer kings and musical monarchs from Henry VIII to Victoria and beyond have played a considerable part in shaping Britan's cultural legacy. Glorious Majesty is a 3-CD collection of classical music written for English Kings and Queens through the ages. The set includes the much-loved classics Handel's Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks, Parry's I was glad, Elgar's Coronation March, Walton's Crown Imperial and Orb and Scepter, and not forgetting Elgar's arrangement of the National Anthem. Also featured in Glorious Majesty is William Byrd's sublime six-voiced anthem, O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen. It has been suggested that piece was designed to attract the monarch's support and secure a place for tis composer in the ranks of the Chapel Royal. Vaughan Williams' exquisite miniature O taste and see, found in CD-3, was in no doubt commissioned for and first heard at the present queen's coronation at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. CD-1 concludes with Henry Purcell's Funeral Music for Queen Mary. The composition, memorably recycled by Stanley Kubrick in his film A clockwork Orange, echoed the heavy atmosphere of mourning that settled over the state funeral of the genui9nely popular monarch. Mary's valedictory music, first performed by Westminster Abbey in March 1695, was heard again later that year when I accompanied Purcell's own funeral.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Performers: Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Alleluia
  • Performers: Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : The King Shall Rejoice, coronation anthem no 2 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 260
  • Performers: Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthems (4)
  • Performers: Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Byrd, William : O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth, anthem for 6 voices (SAATTB)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Purcell, Henry : Bid the virtues
  • Performers: Oliver Brookes (Descant); Christopher Hogwood (Organ); Christopher Hogwood (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: David Munrow
  • Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
  • Running Time: 15 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1694

>Purcell, Henry : Music on the Death of Queen Mary (Funeral Sentences / The Queen's Epicedium)
  • Performers: Philip Bainbridge (Flatt Trumpet); Stephen Saunders (Flatt Trumpet); David Blackadder (Flatt Trumpet); Susan Addison (Flatt Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Purcell, Henry : Thou knowest, Lord, Z. 58c
  • Performers: Philip Bainbridge (Flatt Trumpet); Stephen Saunders (Flatt Trumpet); David Blackadder (Flatt Trumpet); Susan Addison (Flatt Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1695

>Handel, George Frideric : Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74
  • Performers: David Blackadder (Trumpet); Alastair Ross (Harpsichord); Daniel Hyde (Organ); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713

>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Running Time: 13 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode ("Land of Hope and Glory"), for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
  • Performers: Stephen Roberts (Bass-Baritone); Richard Morton (Tenor); Felicity Lott
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 30 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Elgar, Edward : Imperial March, Op. 32
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1897

>Elgar, Edward : O Hearken Thou, offertory for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation March, for orchestra, Op. 65
  • Performer: Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1911

>Elgar, Edward : Nursery Suite :: no 4. The Sad Doll
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1930

>Parry, Charles H. : I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Walton, William : Coronation March "Crown Imperial"
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1937-1963

>Walton, William : Coronation Te Deum, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra
  • Performer: Francis Grier (Organ)
  • Conductor: Louis Frémaux
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1952-1953

>Walton, William : Coronation March "Orb and Sceptre"
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1952-1953

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : O taste and see
  • Performer: Richard Seal (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Birch
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1952

>Bourgeois, Louis : All People That on Earth Do Dwell
  • Performer: Benjamin Bayl (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
  • Performer: James Lancelot (Organ)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, Op. 53a :: 1. Tournament
  • Conductor: Uri Segal
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1953

>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, Op. 53a :: 3. Courtly Dances
  • Conductor: Uri Segal
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1953

>Anonymous : God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland)
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1740