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Pride of the Nation / Coldstream Guards Band

Release Date: 05/31/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001558502   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelWilliam Henry MonkPhil CoulterAnonymous,   ... 
Performer:  Jeff LawsonJon CohenPhil da Costa
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Released in an effort to reflect Britain's current underlying optimism brought on by the impending Royal Wedding and 2012 Olympics, Pride of the Nation is the second staunchly patriotic release from the current incarnation of the country's oldest serving military band, the Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards. The Wellington Barracks-based group, which regularly appears on Guard Mount at Buckingham Palace, has unsurprisingly stuck to the winning formula of its 2009 classical chart-topping predecessor, Heroes, with another selection of traditional hymns, stirring anthems, and sport and movie themes that unashamedly celebrate what it's like to be British. Conducted by the band's musical director, Graham Jones, there are pieces with Read more historical connotations such as "Zadok the Priest," one of four anthems composed by Handel that was played at the coronation of George II in 1727; "The British Grenadiers," an 18th century marching song regularly performed at Trooping the Colour; and 19th century Christian hymn "Abide with Me," which was played at the weddings of both King George IV and Queen Elizabeth II. Alongside the more contemporary pieces such as the theme tune to BBC radio soap opera The Archers, Vangelis' Oscar-winning "Chariots of Fire" from the 1981 film of the same name, and the official London Marathon theme, "The Trap," there's also a whole host of more traditional compositions featuring an impressive array of classical recording artists. Blackpool tenor Alfie Boe provides the vocals on an emotive rendition of "Jerusalem," Fron Male Voice Choir lend their powerful tones to an anthemic interpretation of Proms' highlight "Land of Hope and Glory," and Baroque trumpet ensemble Le Rejouissance showcase their musical prowess on Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks." Fans who bought their last album might feel a little shortchanged at the decision to include two of its songs here again ("I Vow to Thee My Country" and Elgar's Enigma Variation No. 9, "Nimrod"), while its polished production inevitably loses some of the rawness of the band's live performances. But overall, Pride of the Nation is a consistently uplifting and cleverly arranged collection of British classical favorites that should appeal to any fan of patriotic military music.

– Jon O'Brien, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

Coronation Anthems (4): no 1, HWV 258 "Zadok the priest" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Jeff Lawson (Programming)
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Abide with me by William Henry Monk
Performer:  Jon Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Pride of British Lions, song by Phil Coulter
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
The British Grenadiers by Anonymous
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1770; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Coronation Ode, Op. 44: Land of Hope and Glory by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: no 4, Réjouissance by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Variation 9, Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
The Trap, theme from the film score by Ron Goodwin
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: Modern 
Written: 1966 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
A Bridge Too Far, theme from the film score by John Addison
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Chariots of fire: Theme by Vangelis
Performer:  Phil da Costa (Programming), Jon Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
I vow to thee, my country, H 148 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1921; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra) by Charles H. Parry
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Soho Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
God Save the Queen by Thomas Arne
Conductor:  Graham Jones
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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