Gabrieli, Simon Russell Beale & PaulMcCreesh An English Coronation, 1902-1953

An English Coronation, 1902-1953

Gabrieli, Simon Russell Beale & PaulMcCreesh

Released on May 3, 2019 by Signum Records

Main artist: Gabrieli

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: Gramophone Editor's Choice ( June 2019)

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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Fans of the British crown’s splendour will certainly marvel at this double album that reproduces the coronation anthems of the four monarchs of the 20th century: Edward VII in 1902, George V in 1911, George VI in 1937, and current Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Very few of today’s ceremonies can reach such levels of grandeur. At the crossroads of tradition and innovation, these coronation ceremonies are characterised by the evocation of past heritage works, and the addition of numerous pieces commissioned specifically for the occasion to the best composers in the kingdom. For such events, Westminster Abbey is closed for several months to allow an army of craftsmen to build monumental galleries capable of hosting up to eight thousand guests. Then come the rehearsals with 400-singer choirs, half of them children, an immense orchestra, and the indispensable great organ. This recording is a selection of the best moments of these ceremonies, presented as a single liturgical structure. This ample reconstitution led by Paul McCreesh follows for the most part the 1937 ceremony, dropping however the era’s typical style when interpreting Handel. The musical approach has changed so much that it is presented here in the “baroque” style characteristic of our early 21st century. Some difficult choices were made, particularly regarding the Te Deum, the centrepiece and climax of the ceremony. A Cornelian choice between the ones from Stanford (1902), Parry (1911), Vaughan Williams (1937) and William Walton (1953). The latter was finally chosen, for its radiance and theatrical impetus. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Album : 2 disks - 47 tracks Total length : 02:38:52

    DISC 1
  1. 1 Coronation March, Op. 65

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Edward Elgar, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Novello; Kalmus, MusicPublisher Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  2. 2 The King’s Herald

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Herbert Howells, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Novello, MusicPublisher Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  3. 3 Rejoice Today with One Accord

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Martin Luther, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  4. 4 O Most Merciful

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Charles Wood, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  5. 5 Litany

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Thomas Tallis, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  6. 6 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - William Croft, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  7. 7 Three Chorale Fantasias: I. O God, Our Help in Ages Past

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Hubert Parry, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Matthew Martin, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  8. 8 Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39: No. 1 in D Major

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Edward Elgar, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  9. 9 Entrance Fanfare

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, MusicPublisher - Ernest Bullock, Composer Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  10. 10 I Was Glad

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Hubert Parry, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  11. 11 The Presentation, Fanfares and Acclamations

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, MusicPublisher - Ernest Bullock, Composer Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  12. 12 The Administration and Signing of the Oath

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  13. 13 O Hearken Thou, Op. 64

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Edward Elgar, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  14. 14 The Collect

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  15. 15 Peter 2:13-17

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - David Clegg, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  16. 16 Hear My Prayer, O Lord, Z. 15

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Henry Purcell, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  17. 17 Matthew 22:15

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Willian Townend, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  18. 18 Mass in G Minor: Creed

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Curwen/Faber, MusicPublisher Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  19. 19 Come, Holy Ghost

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, MusicPublisher - Ernest Bullock, Composer Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  20. 20 The Prayer over the Ampulla

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  21. 21 Zadok the Priest, HWV 258

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  22. 22 The Anointing and Blessing

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  23. DISC 2
  24. 1 Prayers, Acclamations and Crowning Fanfare

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, MusicPublisher - Ernest Bullock, Composer Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  25. 2 Confortare (Be strong and play the man)

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Walter Parratt, Composer Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  26. 3 The King Receives the Holy Bible

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  27. 4 The Blessing of the King and People

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  28. 5 The Exhortation

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  29. 6 Rejoice in the Lord Alway

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - John Redford, Composer Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  30. 7 I Will Not Leave You Comfortless

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - William BYRD, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  31. 8 O Clap Your Hands Together

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Orlando Gibbons, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  32. 9 Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  33. 10 Homage Fanfare and Acclamations

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, MusicPublisher - Ernest Bullock, Composer Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  34. 11 All People That on Earth do Dwell (The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune)

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Oxford University Press, MusicPublisher Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  35. 12 The Offertory Prayer and Prayer for the Church Militant

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  36. 13 The Exhortation, General Confession and Absolution

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  37. 14 The Preface

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  38. 15 Mass in G Minor: Sanctus

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Curwen/Faber, MusicPublisher Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  39. 16 The Prayer of Humble Access and Prayer of Consecration

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  40. 17 O Taste and See

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Oxford University Press, MusicPublisher Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  41. 18 The Lord’s Prayer

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - John Merbecke, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  42. 19 The Post-Communion Prayer

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  43. 20 ‘Coronation’ Gloria in B flat

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Charles Villiers Stanford, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  44. 21 The Blessing

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Anonymous, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Simon Russell Beale, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  45. 22 Threefold Amen

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - Orlando Gibbons, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  46. 23 Coronation Te Deum

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - William Walton, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Oxford University Press, MusicPublisher Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  47. 24 Recessional and National Anthem

    David Matthews, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Faber Music, MusicPublisher Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

  48. 25 Crown Imperial

    Nicholas Parker, Producer - William Walton, Composer - Gabrieli, Ensemble, MainArtist - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Oxford University Press, MusicPublisher Copyright : (C) 2019 Winged Lion (P) 2019 Winged Lion

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  • Fans of the British crown’s splendour will certainly marvel at this double album that reproduces the coronation anthems of the four monarchs of the 20th century: Edward VII in 1902, George V in 1911, George VI in 1937, and current Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Very few of today’s ceremonies can reach such levels of grandeur. At the crossroads of tradition and innovation, these coronation ceremonies are characterised by the evocation of past heritage works, and the addition of numerous pieces commissioned specifically for the occasion to the best composers in the kingdom. For such events, Westminster Abbey is closed for several months to allow an army of craftsmen to build monumental galleries capable of hosting up to eight thousand guests. Then come the rehearsals with 400-singer choirs, half of them children, an immense orchestra, and the indispensable great organ. This recording is a selection of the best moments of these ceremonies, presented as a single liturgical structure. This ample reconstitution led by Paul McCreesh follows for the most part the 1937 ceremony, dropping however the era’s typical style when interpreting Handel. The musical approach has changed so much that it is presented here in the “baroque” style characteristic of our early 21st century. Some difficult choices were made, particularly regarding the Te Deum, the centrepiece and climax of the ceremony. A Cornelian choice between the ones from Stanford (1902), Parry (1911), Vaughan Williams (1937) and William Walton (1953). The latter was finally chosen, for its radiance and theatrical impetus. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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