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Celebration - Royal Music From Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey Choir / London Brass / Neary
Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 144   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Arthur BlissCharles Hubert ParrySir William WaltonSamuel Sebastian Wesley,   ... 
Performer:  Iain Simcock
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London BrassWestminster Abbey Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Much pleasure, here, not least in the entertaining notes which though unattributed are far from anonymous in style and content. The selection of music includes a high proportion of Anglican pops: none the worse for that, especially as their merits are still not sufficiently well recognized (everyone 'knows' that a Te Deum by Berlioz or Bruckner must be better than Stanford, whether in B flat or C, and that an In pace by Victoria or Palestrina would be certain to reduce Wesley's Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace to insignificance, so they don't listen to judge for themselves). The variety of material is welcome too. There are the grand coronation pieces, the fanfares, the festival arrangements, but also modest, simple compositions like Read more Vaughan Williams's O taste and see and Lord, for Thy tender mercy's sake now thought to be by John Hilton, senior. Two psalms are included, one of them a special setting, the other sung to the traditional type of Anglican chant. Each item has a particular association with the Abbey, though perhaps Widor's celebrated Toccata stretches a point in this respect as indeed it does in most others.

The choir are in fine form under Martin Neary, the trebles rejoicing in the top B flats of I was glad like a decani of Domingos, a cantoris of Pavarottis, in the making. Taking care over the hymns as over the anthems, they phrase the first verse of The Lord's my shepherd with scrupulous care, showing in the process just how awkward and tiresome the versification is. An inspired setting is the "O enter then His gates with praise" verse of The Old Hundredth with Vaughan Williams's solo trumpet obbligato; that, and the quartet "O pray for the peace of Jerusalem" in I was glad, were for me the two most lovely things in an entirely delightful record.

– Gramophone [10/1989], reviewing this album previously released as Pickwick 919

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Just in time for the royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton comes a rousing collection of compositions from many royal occasions and state events at Westminster Abbey, including coronations and royal weddings. ?
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Works on This Recording

1.
Royal Fanfares (6), T 88: Royal Fanfare by Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
2.
I was glad by Charles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; England 
3.
Set me as a seal upon thine heart by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
4.
Wash me throughly from my wickedness by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
5.
Te Deum in B flat major by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
6.
Rejoice in the Lord alway by Anonymous
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Formerly attributed to John Redford. 
7.
The Lord's my shepherd by J. Seymour Irvine
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; Scotland 
8.
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, for chorus & brass by Sir William McKie
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Modern 
Written: 1960 
9.
Royal Fanfares (6): no 5, Wedding Fanfare by Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
10.
O clap your hands by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
11.
Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake by John Hilton
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Renaissance 
12.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; England 
13.
O taste and see by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
14.
Psalm 90 "Who so dwelleth under the defence of the Almighty" by Walter Galpin Alcock
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
15.
Old Hundredth Psalm Tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
16.
Symphony for Organ no 5 in f minor, Op. 42 no 1: 5th movement, Toccata by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Iain Simcock (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1880; Paris, France 

Featured Sound Samples

Royal Fanfare (Bliss)
Rejoice in the Lord alway (Anonymous)
Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake (Hilton)
Old Hundredth Psalm Tune (Vaughan Williams)

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