An English Coronation, 1902-1953

An English Coronation, 1902-1953

by Paul McCreesh

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Overview

You may be puzzled to see 20th century dates on an album by the Gabrieli Consort, and its director Paul McCreesh, but two factors make it appropriate. The first is that McCreesh has recorded several other albums that reconstruct the music for a single event. More important, and this points to the strength of this release, the coronation program performed here does include Renaissance music. This is a strength of the British tradition: it descends from Renaissance music in a way that music of no other country does. McCreesh assembles actual music from the last four coronations of an English monarch: Edward VII in 1902, George V in 1911, George VI in 1937, and Elizabeth II in 1953. One imagines that whoever is tasked with planning the coronation of Charles (or whoever may be next in-line) will want to have this album on hand, for it gives a good idea of what the ceremony is about. The program mixes Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, and contemporary anthems, with just one non-British piece (a Luther chorale). There are mass movements by Vaughan Williams and Stanford, plus the "Pomp and Circumstance March in D major, Op. 39, No. 1" (the famous one). Also included in some detail, are the nonmusical portions of the ceremony, with Simon Russell Beale in the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury. You might sample a piece like the "Coronation Te Deum" of William Walton, to assure yourself that this choir can perform modern choral music in an idiomatic way; they can, and that's because the Renaissance models run all through this music. A fine piece of history, superbly performed by this group, as usual.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2019
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212056929
catalogNumber: 569
Rank: 9335

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Coronation March, for orchestra, Op. 65  (10:42)
  2. King's Herald, for orchestra (from the suite Pageantry)  (04:11)
  3. Rejoice To-day With One Accord (Tune: Luther's Ein' Feste Burg) No. 444  (02:00)
  4. O most merciful  (01:46)
  5. Litany (O God, the Father of Heaven), for 5 voices  (09:02)
  6. O God Our Help in Ages Past (Tune: St. Anne)  (03:50)
  7. Chorale Fantasia for organ on "O God, our help"  (05:00)
  8. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1  (05:45)
  9. Fanfare I (for the Coronation of Elizabeth II)  (00:54)
  10. I Was Glad (Psalm 122), anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra)  (06:57)
  11. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Recognition: The Presentation, Fanfares and Ac

    1. The Recognition: The Presentation, Fanfares and Acclamations  (02:10)
  12. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Oath: The Administration and Signing of the Oa

    1. The Oath: The Administration and Signing of the Oath  (01:31)
  13. O Hearken Thou, offertory for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 64  (02:24)
  14. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Communion Sercie (Part One): The Collect

    1. The Communion Sercie (Part One): The Collect  (01:40)
  15. Scripture Reading, Bible: Epistle: Peter 2:13-17

    1. Epistle: Peter 2:13-17  (01:00)
  16. Hear my prayer, O Lord, anthem for chorus, violins & continuo, Z. 15 (unfinished)  (02:26)
  17. Scripture Reading, Bible: Gospel: Matthew 22:15

    1. Gospel: Matthew 22:15  (01:48)
  18. Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor: Creed

    1. Creed  (06:52)
  19. Come, Holy Ghost, for chorus & orchestra (tune: Veni Creator)  (03:05)
  20. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Anointing: The Prayer over the Ampulla

    1. The Anointing: The Prayer over the Ampulla  (01:00)
  21. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258  (05:13)
  22. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Anointing: The Anointing and Blessing

    1. The Anointing: The Anointing and Blessing  (01:48)

Disc 2

  1. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Putting on of the Crown: Prayers, Acclamations

    1. The Putting on of the Crown: Prayers, Acclamations and Crowning Fanfare  (01:48)
  2. Be strong and play the man, for chorus  (01:15)
  3. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Presenting of the Holy Bible: The King receive

    1. The Presenting of the Holy Bible: The King receives the Holy Bible  (00:33)
  4. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Benediction: The Blessing of the King and Poep

    1. The Benediction: The Blessing of the King and Poeple  (01:37)
  5. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Enthroning: The Exhortation

    1. The Enthroning: The Exhortation  (01:03)
  6. Rejoice in the Lord Alway  (02:43)
  7. Non vos relinquam Orphanos, motet for 5 voices (SSATB)  (01:54)
  8. O clap your hands, anthem for 8 voices  (04:37)
  9. Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace, for chorus & organ  (03:20)
  10. Homage Fanfare and Acclamations  (02:01)
  11. The Old 100th Psalm ("All people that on earth do dwell"), for chorus, unison chorus, orchestra & organ  (05:14)
  12. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Communion Service (Part Two): The Offertory Pr

    1. The Communion Service (Part Two): The Offertory Prayer and Prayer for the Church Militant  (03:32)
  13. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Communion Service (Part Two): The Exhortation,

    1. The Communion Service (Part Two): The Exhortation, General Confession and Absolution  (03:20)
  14. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Communion Service (Part Two): The Preface

    1. The Communion Service (Part Two): The Preface  (01:39)
  15. Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor: Sanctus

    1. Sanctus  (02:45)
  16. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Communion Service (Part Two): The Prayer of Hu

    1. The Communion Service (Part Two): The Prayer of Humble Access and Prayer of Consecration  (02:46)
  17. O Taste and See, motet for chorus & organ (Psalm 34)  (01:49)
  18. The Lord's Prayer, for chorus (Book of Common Prayer, 1552)  (01:29)
  19. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Communion Service (Part Two): The Post-Communi

    1. The Communion Service (Part Two): The Post-Communion Prayer  (01:28)
  20. Festal Communion Service for chorus & orchestra (or organ) in B flat major, Op. 128: Gloria in B flat

    1. Gloria in B flat  (05:06)
  21. English Coronation Service (Form and Order of Service 1937): The Communion Service (Part Two): The Blessing

    1. The Communion Service (Part Two): The Blessing  (01:03)
  22. Great King of Gods (Lord of Lords), anthem for voices: Threefold Amen

    1. Threefold Amen  (01:04)
  23. Coronation Te Deum, for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra  (09:03)
  24. Recessional and National Anthem, for chorus & orchestra  (10:11)
  25. Crown Imperial, coronation march for orchestra  (06:27)

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