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This is the day
Music on royal occasions
This new album recollects and celebrates some of the choral music heard on royal occasions during the lifetime of HM Elizabeth II. The music chosen reflects the personal choices and commission by the Royal Family for weddings, funerals, and anniversaries.
Featuring John Rutter’s celebratory royal wedding anthem This is the day, written for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in 2011. Newly orchestrated exclusively for this recording, it reminds us of the event that captivated the attention of the nation last year. The CD also includes a new arrangement for unaccompanied choir of the Londonderry Air to the text I would be true, and an orchestration of Schubert’s beautiful Psalm 23 - The Lord is my Shepherd by John Rutter for this recording.
“Elin Manahan Thomas is impressive with her poise and limpidity...The Cambridge Singers, outstandingly fresh and communicative throughout under John Rutter's expert, energising direction, excel particularly in a superbly buoyant, incisive performance of the 'Choral Dances' from Britten's Gloriana...Of its type, this is a virtually unimproveable collection.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 *****
“it's all beautifully sung. Elin Manahan Thomas performs Mozart's Laudate Dominum with effortless grace, whilst the Cambridge Singers are chameleon-like in their ability to take on different musical styles...Light, joyous, and beautifully performed, this is sacred choral easy listening of the highest standard.” Charlotte Gardner, bbc.co.uk, 16th May 2012
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The Royal Wedding – The Official Album
Recorded at Westminster Abbey 29th April 2011
The wedding service, with music including:
Full track listing:
1. The Arrival of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh – Fanfare
2. The Procession of The Queen - March from The Birds (Parry)
3. Prelude on Rhosymedre (Vaughan Williams)
4. The Procession of the Bride - Anthem: I Was Glad (Parry)
5. Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda) (Hughes)
6. The Welcome and Introduction
7. The Marriage
8. The Vows
9. Hymn: Love Divine (Blaenwern) (Rowlands)
10. The Lesson
11. The Anthem: This is the Day Which The Lord Hath Made (Rutter)
12. The Address
13. The Motet: Ubi Caritas (Mealor)
14. The Prayers
15. Hymn: Jerusalem (Parry)
16. The Blessing
17. The National Anthem (Trad.)
18. The Signing of the Register - Blest Pair of Sirens (Parry)
19. Fanfare: Valiant and Brave (Stubbs)
20. The Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom - Crown Imperial (Walton)
21. Toccata from Symphonie V (Widor)
'The Royal Wedding - The Official Album' is a unique memento of the most significant and anticipated event in Britain's modern history. Featuring every aspect of this incredible occasion, the album will include the music - old and new - the readings and blessings, and of course the exchange of vows between Prince William and Catherine Middleton - as they happen in the historic Abbey on the day itself. It will be the only official, sanctioned recording of The Royal Wedding. The music is provided by The Choir of Westminster Abbey, the London Chamber Orchestra, the State Trumpeters and the Trumpeters of the Central Band of the RAF.
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Rutter: The Tewkesbury Collection
For his final recording with the men and boys of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, Benjamin Nicholas has chosen to celebrate Britain’s best-loved living composer, John Rutter. Rather than simply sticking to familiar classics, this programme explores the full range of the composer’s output from 'The Lord is my shepherd' and 'Lord, thou hast been our refuge' to his most recent piece 'This is the day', written for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Rutter’s rare communicative gifts are given a special glow by the refulgent acoustic of Tewkesbury Abbey and the choir’s luminous singing.
“Even when Rutter's very obviously in crowd-pleasing mode...the vernal freshness of the Tewkesbury boys' voices strips off the cloying patina more knowing, self-conscious adult voices often add in this music. There's plenty of technical control in the choir's singing, but it's not imposed with undue rigour.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ****
“this disc must command our attention. The Tewkesbury Singers produce a well-focused tone throughout … Special attention ought to be made of Carleton Etherington’s sensitive support on the organ. Excellent liner notes and full texts” Choir & Organ, November/December 2012
“This CD is a valuable addition to the John Rutter discography and shows that the composer is more than simply 'Mr Christmas'...I can imagine the composer being well satisfied with the highly accomplished performances...The trebles have a rich, uninhibited tone and the whole choir are masters of sustained, seamless legato singing. Director Benjamin Nicholas favours flowing tempi and he achieves an excellent balance between all voices.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
“Rutter’s music has that magical uniqueness about it in being able to straddle the school of light lyrical touch with that of musical sophistication and integrity. Sure enough, it inspires beautifully scented performances from the boys and men ... augmented variously by gorgeous solo contributions on oboe, cello and trumpet, and from organist Carleton Etherington” The Scotsman, August 2012
“The cherubs of Tewkesbury Abbey sing with devotion, faithfully capturing Rutter’s particular brand of luxury comfort” Time Out, August 2012
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