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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee - Royal Music From Westminster Abbey

Queen's Diamond Jubilee / London Brass / Neary
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Griffin   Catalog #: 4077   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry PurcellGeorge Frideric HandelTraditionalAnonymous,   ... 
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraLondon BrassWestminster Abbey Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A fine commemorative collection in spectacular sound.

To quote the CD sleeve: “A journey through some of the most moving and majestic music taken from State occasions throughout the Queen’s reign chosen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee”. That very nicely sums up what you should expect here. This is a compilation of 22 short pieces running for a generous 77 minutes. The backbone of the collection is based on the music played at the Coronation on 2 June 1953. It isn’t the sort of disc you would listen to straight through in one sitting but that’s not a criticism and potential purchasers will know just what to expect.
 
The less than accurate booklet notes suggest that the music set before us here
Read more originates from three different sessions, all recorded in Westminster Abbey in 1993/4, 1997 and 1998. The most enjoyable performances are the nine items featuring either London Brass and/or the English Chamber Orchestra. A very stylish Trumpet Tune with soloist Andrew Crowley opens proceedings. This is followed by an equally impressive Zadok the Priest. The Gloria in Excelsis of Stanford is splendid stuff very much along the lines of Parry’s I was Glad. The disc comes to an inspiring finish with Gordon Jacob’s Fanfare and arrangement of the National Anthem. The performances are crisp, lightly sprung and full-toned, all captured in spectacular fashion by the engineers in the Abbey’s reverberant acoustic. Played at a high volume it sounds terrific. The decay time is around 5 seconds but the recording is in no way compromised by this.
 
The collection of hymns performed by choir accompanied by organ is perfectly professional but not especially inspiring, with the exception of Make me a Channel of Your Peace where the choral line really opens up and soars. The others sound just a bit cautious. Personally, I find Cwm Rhondda on the terraces of Cardiff Arms Park and Blaenwern played by a brass band far more moving than the versions on offer here.
 
The booklet suggests that there are four solos by treble Timothy Dickinson and Nicholas Daniel on oboe. In reality, there are no treble solos and just one contribution from Nicholas Daniel - a beautifully played Air from Handel’s Water Music and one of the highlights on the disc. More care on checking the artwork wouldn’t have gone amiss. Potential purchasers shouldn’t be put off by this, however, because musically the CD is highly attractive for those interested in collections of this type.
 
-- John Whitmore, MusicWeb International

Tracklist:
PURCELL Trumpet Tune (Trumpet solo: Andrew Crowley) [1:21]; HANDEL Zadok the Priest [5:31]; Love Divine (Blaenwern) [3:29]; Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Anon) [3:25]; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS All People that on Earth do Dwell (trumpet solo: Mark Bennett) [4:52]; O God, Our Help in Ages Past [2:29]; TEMPLE Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (arr. Neary) [3:40]; HANDEL Air from Water Music [4:02]; Psalm 23: The Lord’s my shepherd [3:06]; PURCELL Christ is Made the Sure Foundation [3:48]; STANFORD Gloria in Excelsis (solos: treble: Christian Wilson; alto: Christopher Tipping, tenor: Matthew Harold, bass: Rodney Williams, Lawrence Wellington) [5:31]; BRITTEN Jubilate in C [2:41]; Let all the World in Every Corner Sing [1:45]; Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda) [2:43]; ALCOCK Psalm 91: Whoso Dwelleth Under the Defence [4:25]; HOWELLS Behold, O God, our Great Defender [4:29]; I would be true (Air from County Derry) [1:26]; Be Thou my Vision (Slane arr. Routley) [2:45]; DYSON Be Strong and of Good Courage [2:06]; HOLST I Vow to Thee, my Country (Thaxted)
[2:28]; WALTON March: Orb and Sceptre (arr. Christopher Palmer) [8:41]; JACOB Fanfare and National Anthem [2:16]
Westminster Abbey Choir, London Brass, English Chamber Orchestra/Martin Neary
Martin Baker, Iain Simcock (organ)
rec. Westminster Abbey, 1993-4, 1997-8
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Works on This Recording

1.
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
2.
Coronation Anthems (4): no 1, HWV 258 "Zadok the priest" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; London, England 
3.
Love divine, all loves excelling by Traditional
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
4.
Rejoice in the Lord alway by Anonymous
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
English Hymnal: All people that on earth do dwell by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: 20th Century 
6.
O God, our help in ages past by Traditional
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
7.
Make me a channel of your peace by Sebastian Temple
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
8.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348: no 6, Air by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
9.
The Lord is My Shepherd by Traditional
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
10.
Christ is made the sure foundation by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: Baroque 
11.
Gloria in Excelsis by Charles Villiers Stanford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: Romantic 
12.
Jubilate Deo in C major by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
13.
Let all the world in every corner sing by Traditional
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
14.
Guide me, O thou great redeemer by Traditional
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
15.
Psalm 90 "Who so dwelleth under the defence of the Almighty" by Walter Galpin Alcock
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
16.
Behold, O God our defender by Herbert Howells
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
17.
I would be true by Traditional
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: Baroque 
18.
Be thou my vision by Traditional
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
19.
Confortare "Be Strong and of a Good Courage" by George Dyson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
20.
I vow to thee, my country, H 148 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1921; England 
21.
Coronation March "Orb and Sceptre" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
22.
Fanfare by Gordon Jacob
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
23.
God save the King/Queen by Anonymous
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Sweet and Sour July 10, 2012 By Robert H Wright (Mountainburg, AR) See All My Reviews "I love the music selected for this album, but am disappointed in the recorded sound. The sound lacks the sonority one would expect from such a good choral group. It may be the resonance of Westminster Abbey itself that makes it difficult to get a really great recording. However, I am proud to have the album, and will play it over and over again." Report Abuse
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