Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee - Royal Music From Westminster Abbey

Release Date: 5/8/2012
Label: Griffin
Catalog Number: 4077
Conductor: Martin Neary
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$17.99
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 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
Works on This Recording
1. King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: Baroque
Written: 1691 ; England
2. Coronation Anthems (4): no 1, HWV 258 "Zadok the priest" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: Baroque
Written: 1727 ; London, England
3. Love divine, all loves excelling by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Neary
4. Rejoice in the Lord alway by Anonymous
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: Renaissance
5. English Hymnal: All people that on earth do dwell by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: 20th Century
6. O God, our help in ages past by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Neary
7. Make me a channel of your peace by Sebastian Temple
Conductor: Martin Neary
8. Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348: no 6, Air by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1715-1717 ; London, England
9. The Lord is My Shepherd by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Neary
10. Christ is made the sure foundation by Henry Purcell
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: Baroque
11. Gloria in Excelsis by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic
12. Jubilate Deo in C major by Benjamin Britten
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1961 ; England
13. Let all the world in every corner sing by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Neary
14. Guide me, O thou great redeemer by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Neary
15. Psalm 90 "Who so dwelleth under the defence of the Almighty" by Walter Galpin Alcock
Conductor: Martin Neary
16. Behold, O God our defender by Herbert Howells
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ; England
17. I would be true by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: Baroque
18. Be thou my vision by Traditional
Conductor: Martin Neary
19. Confortare "Be Strong and of a Good Courage" by George Dyson
20. I vow to thee, my country, H 148 by Gustav Holst
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: 20th Century
Written: circa 1921 ; England
21. Coronation March "Orb and Sceptre" by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ; England
22. Fanfare by Gordon Jacob
Conductor: Martin Neary
23. God save the King/Queen by Anonymous
Conductor: Martin Neary
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1744 ; England
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