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An English Coronation (1902, 1911, 1937, 1953)

Simon Russell Beale, Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh

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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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DISC 1

Coronation March, Op. 65 (Edward Elgar)

1
Coronation March, Op. 65 00:10:42

Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - Novello Kalmus, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The King’s Herald (Herbert Howells)

2
The King’s Herald 00:04:11

Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Herbert Howells, Composer - Novello, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Hymn : Rejoice today with one accord - Ein' feste Burg (Johann Sebastian Bach)

3
Hymn : Rejoice today with one accord - Ein' feste Burg 00:02:00

Gabrieli Roar - Chetham's Symphonic Brass Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Martin Luther, Composer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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O most merciful (Charles Wood)

4
O most merciful 00:01:46

Gabrieli Roar - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Charles Wood, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Litany (Thomas Tallis)

5
Litany 00:09:02

Gabrieli Roar - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Thomas Tallis, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Hymn : O God, our help in ages past (William Croft)

6
Hymn : O God, our help in ages past 00:03:50

Gabrieli Roar - Chetham's Symphonic Brass Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Attributed to William Croft, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Chorale Fantasia on 'O God, our help' (Sir Charles Hubert Parry)

7
Chorale Fantasia on 'O God, our help' 00:05:00

Matthew Martin, Organ - Hubert Parry, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39 (Edward Elgar)

8
March No. 1 in D Major 00:05:45

Chetham's Symphonic Brass Ensemble - Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Entrance Fanfare (Ernest Bullock)

9
Entrance Fanfare 00:00:54

Chetham's Symphonic Brass Ensemble - Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ernest Bullock, Composer - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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I was glad (Sir Charles Hubert Parry)

10
I was glad (Psalm 122 : 1-3, 6 & 7) 00:06:57

Gabrieli Roar - Chetham's Symphonic Brass Ensemble - Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Hubert Parry, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Presentation, Fanfares and Acclamations (Ernest Bullock)

11
The Presentation, Fanfares and Acclamations 00:02:10

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ernest Bullock, Composer - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Administration and Signing of the Oath

12
The Administration and Signing of the Oath 00:01:31

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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O hearken Thou, Op. 64 (Edward Elgar)

13
O hearken Thou, Op. 64 00:02:24

Gabrieli Roar - Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Collect

14
The Collect 00:01:40

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Epistle St Peter 2 : 13-17 (Anonyme)

15
Epistle St Peter 2 : 13-17 00:01:00

David Clegg, Alto - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z. 15 (Henry Purcell)

16
Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z. 15 (Gradual) 00:02:26

Gabrieli Roar - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Henry Purcell, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Epistle St Matthew 22 : 15 (Anonyme)

17
Epistle St Matthew 22 : 15 (Gospel) 00:01:48

William Townend, Bass - Gabrieli Roar - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Anonymous, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Mass in G Minor (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

18
Creed : I believe in one God (Arr. Maurice Jacobson) 00:06:52

Gabrieli Roar - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Curwen/Faber, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Hymn 'Come, Holy Ghost' (Ernest Bullock)

19
Hymn 'Come, Holy Ghost' - Veni Creator 00:03:05

Gabrieli Roar - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Anonymous, Composer - Ernest Bullock, Arranger - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Prayer over the Ampulla

20
The Prayer over the Ampulla 00:01:00

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Zadok the Priest, HWV 258 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

21
Zadok the Priest, HWV 258 00:05:13

Gabrieli Roar - Gabrieli Consort & Players - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The anointing and blessing

22
The anointing and blessing 00:01:48

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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DISC 2

Prayers - Acclamations - Crowning Fanfare (Ernest Bullock)

1
Prayers - Acclamations - Crowning Fanfare 00:01:48

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli - Chetham's Symphonic Brass Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ernest Bullock, Composer - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Confortare (Be strong and play the man) (Walter Parratt)

2
Confortare (Be strong and play the man) 00:01:15

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Walter Parratt, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The King receives the Holy Bible

3
Our gracious King : to keep your Majesty ever mindful of the Law 00:00:33

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Blessing of the King and People

4
The Blessing of the King and People 00:01:37

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Exhortation

5
Stand firm, and hold fast 00:01:03

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Rejoice in the Lord alway (John Redford)

6
Rejoice in the Lord alway 00:02:43

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - John Redford, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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I will not leave you comfortless (William Byrd)

7
I will not leave you comfortless 00:01:54

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - William Byrd, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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O clap your hands together (Orlando Gibbons)

8
O clap your hands together 00:04:37

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Orlando Gibbons, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

9
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace 00:03:20

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Homage Fanfare - Acclamations (Ernest Bullock)

10
Homage Fanfare - Acclamations 00:02:01

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ernest Bullock, Composer - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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All people that on earth do dwell (The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune) (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

11
All People That on Earth do Dwell (The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune) 00:05:15

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Oxford University Press, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Offertory Prayer - Prayer for the Church Militant

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The Offertory Prayer - Prayer for the Church Militant 00:03:32

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Exhortation - General Confession - Absolution

13
The Exhortation - General Confession - Absolution 00:03:20

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Preface

14
Lift up your hearts 00:01:39

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Mass in G Minor (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

15
Sanctus (Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts) 00:02:45

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Maurice Jacobson, Arranger - Curwen/Faber, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Prayer of Humble Access - Prayer of Consecration

16
Prayer of Humble Access - Prayer of Consecration 00:02:46

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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O taste and see (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

17
O taste and see 00:01:49

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Oxford University Press, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Lord’s Prayer (John Merbecke)

18
Our Father, which art in Heaven 00:01:29

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - John Merbecke, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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19
The Post-Communion Prayer 00:01:28

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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24
Recessional - National Anthem 'God save our gracious Queen' 00:10:11

Gabrieli - Chetham's Symphonic Brass Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - David Matthews, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer - Faber Music, Music Publisher

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‘Coronation’ Gloria in B Flat (Sir Charles Villiers Stanford)

20
Gloria in excelsis : Glory be to God on high 00:05:06

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Charles Villiers Stanford, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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The Blessing

21
Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings 00:01:03

Simon Russell Beale, Narrator - Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Great king of gods (Orlando Gibbons)

22
Threefold Amen 00:01:04

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - Orlando Gibbons, Composer - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Coronation Te Deum (William Walton)

23
We praise thee, O God 00:09:03

Gabrieli - Chetham's Symphonic Brass Ensemble - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - William Walton, Composer - Oxford University Press, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Crown Imperial (William Walton)

25
Coronation March 00:06:27

Gabrieli - Paul McCreesh, Conductor - William Walton, Composer - Oxford University Press, Music Publisher - Nicholas Parker, Producer

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Album Description

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

Details of original recording : Recorded Ely Cathedral 23-25 July 2018; Royal Masonic School Chapel, Rickmansworth 26 -27 July 2018; Church of St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London 6 September 2018

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