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Music for a Royal Wedding, 2011

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>     Wedding March
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio, in G minor (by Remo Giazotto; not Albinoni) arr. for trumpet & organ
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem
>     Pie Jesu
>Fauré, Gabriel : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
>     Act 3. Scene 3. Air & Chorus. Let the bright Seraphim... Let their celestial concerts al
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Nessun dorma
>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>     Nimrod
>Howells, Herbert : Requiem
>     Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>     Act 3. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Sinfonia)
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>     Wedding March
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
>Dubois, Théodore : Toccata in G major
>     (conclusion)

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio, in G minor (by Remo Giazotto; not Albinoni) arr. for trumpet & organ
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem
>Fauré, Gabriel : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Howells, Herbert : Requiem
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
>Dubois, Théodore : Toccata in G major
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A compilation of the most famous and recognizable pieces of music from the wedding service of every British monarch, from Queen Victoria to our present Queen Elizabeth II, and including the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. These are the composers and pieces that have informed every British royal wedding for 150 years. Artists include the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Choir with conductor Sir Andrew Davis, Placido Domingo, London Voices, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Choir of New College Oxford with Edward Higginbottom.



Reviews

Best Wishes! Victoria-to-William Nuptial Music

This collection of music from British Royal weddings celebrates these favorites for joyous ceremony. Any couple planning a wedding would be proud to include a selection performed on this CD. Soloists, organ, orchestras and choirs tug at our heartstrings with traditional pieces known and performed for centuries. The selections included in the Victoria-to-William time span also range from early to modern, from 1653 through the 20th century, from tender to grandiose, easily recognized and memorable.

Organists Ernst Hansen and legendary Marie-Claire Alain showcase the organ works. Most appealing choral works are Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, and Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim. Tenor Plácido Domingo represents the epitome of excellence in Puccini’s Nessun dorma.
It would be puzzling for the modern bride to select the Fauré Pié Jesu or Howells Psalm 23, works linked with sorrow today. Apparently they evoked tenderness and caring in the time they were used for weddings. The wildly popular yet controversial hymn “Jerusalem” was used in the William/Catherine wedding, as was the Widor Tocatta from the Fifth Symphony, making this compilation inclusive through 2011.

The recordings were made from 1958 to 2001, with the quality of sound quite varied; the earliest recording is the “weakest link” in the collection. What a surprise that Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim…” is done by the Welsh alto Helen Watts---the treasure of hearing her elegant voice would be reason enough to acquire this CD. It would also be helpful to have more discussion of these compositions in the accompanying booklet. While audiences are fond of these familiar pieces, more explanation of the performers, ensembles, orchestras, and organs would be appreciated.

It is a delight to hear these marches, arias, solos, toccatas, and choruses which bring back memories, illustrate musical standards, and celebrate the joy of any wedding ceremony.

Submitted on 08/12/11 by howsweetthesound 
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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Wedding March
  • Performer: Jorgen Hansen (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Conductor: Jean-François Paillard
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 2. Chorus. Hallelujah
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio, in G minor (by Remo Giazotto; not Albinoni) arr. for trumpet & organ
  • Performers: Maurice Andre (Trumpet); Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1945

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem :: Pie Jesu
  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Ensemble: Capricorn (Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Louis Frémaux
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1865

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Act 3. Scene 3. Air & Chorus. Let the bright Seraphim... Let their celestial concerts al
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Nello Santi
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Parry, Charles H. : Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Howells, Herbert : Requiem :: Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1936

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: Camille Maurane (Baritone); Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Prince of Denmark's March
  • Performer: Maurice Andre (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Jörg Faerber
  • Notes: Composition written: 1697.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1697

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Act 3. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Sinfonia)
  • Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Wedding March
  • Performer: Jorgen Hansen (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
  • Performer: Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Théodore Dubois (1837 - 1924) : Toccata in G major :: (conclusion)
  • Performer: Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic