Greatest Hits - The Wedding Album

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Work(s)
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Brahms, Johannes : Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang
>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Handel, George Frideric : The Water Music
>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
>Mouret, Jean-Joseph : Sinfonies de Fanfares
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Chorale Improvisations (66) for Organ, Op. 65
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Cynthia Otis, Bernard Zighera, Marisa Robles (harp); James Pappoutsakis, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, James Galway (flute); David Jolley (French horn); Virgil Fox (organ).

Recording information: Bamberg, Germany (??/1956-07/1997); Boston, MA (??/1956-07/1997); Canada (??/1956-07/1997); England (??/1956-07/1997); London, England (??/1956-07/1997); Munich, Germany (??/1956-07/1997); New York, NY (??/1956-07/1997); Paris, France (??/1956-07/1997); Switzerland (??/1956-07/1997).

The Wedding Album is an entertaining budget-line classical disc that contains such familiar pieces as Wagner's "Bridal Chorus," Pachelbel's "Canon," Widor's "Toccata," Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Clarke's "Trumpet Voluntary," Debussy's "Reverie," and, of course, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March." A wide variety of artists are featured, from James Galway and Virgil Fox to the Canadian Brass and the Bavarian Radio Symphony. Serious classical fans will find this a little useless, but it's a tasteful collection that would work very well at official weddings and for casual fans. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Work(s) :: Trumpet Tune and Air
  • Performer: Canadian Brass
  • Ensemble: Canadian Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Bridal Chorus
  • Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Performer: Canadian Brass
  • Ensemble: Canadian Brass
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
  • Performers: Graham Oppenheimer (Viola); James Galway (Flute); Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Marisa Robles (Harp)
  • Conductor: James Galway
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major :: Canon
  • Performer: Guildhall String Ensemble
  • Conductor: Robert Salter
  • Ensemble: Guildhall String Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700

>Brahms, Johannes : Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang
  • Performers: David Jolley (French Horn); Cynthia Otis (Harp); Musica Sacra [New York]
  • Conductor: Richard Westenburg
  • Ensemble: Musica Sacra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
  • Performers: James Pappoutsakis (Flute); Bernard Zighera (Piano); Bernard Zighera (Harp); Doriot Dwyer (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854

>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
  • Performer: Guildhall String Ensemble
  • Conductor: Robert Salter
  • Ensemble: Guildhall String Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
  • Performer: James Galway (Flute)
  • Conductor: John Poole
  • Notes: Composition written: 1600.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1600

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
  • Performer: Canadian Brass
  • Ensemble: Canadian Brass
  • Notes: Composition written: 1697.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1697

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Performer: Jean-François Paillard
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Handel, George Frideric : The Water Music :: Hornpipe
  • Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Melvyn Tan (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: James Galway
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
  • Performer: William McVicker (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Mouret, Jean-Joseph : Sinfonies de Fanfares
  • Performer: Canadian Brass
  • Ensemble: Canadian Brass
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1729

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208 :: Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Performer: Virgil Fox (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
  • Performers: Graham Oppenheimer (Viola); James Galway (Flute); Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Marisa Robles (Harp)
  • Conductor: James Galway
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Chorale Improvisations (66) for Organ, Op. 65
  • Performer: William McVicker (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1908-1910

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 :: Andante
  • Conductor: Rudolf Baumgartner
  • Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Strings
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
  • Performer: William McVicker (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Wedding March
  • Performer: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claus Flor
  • Ensemble: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843