The Royal Wedding - The Official Album Review

May 9 18:00 2011 Hugh McInnes Print This Article

Everyone is buzzing about the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. It's the biggest wedding in Britain since the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981. They will be married on April 29th, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. Along with the slew of other products that are being released surrounding this event, a 3-disc CD set will be released in honor of the occasion. The disc features classical music and love songs.

The first disc is comprised of classic compositions from throughout music's history. Some of the most famous composers in history are represented on this disc. The bigger names on the list are Handel,Guest Posting Mozart and Bach. Most periods in history are represented on this album. There is baroque music featuring Bach's "Sleepers Awake". The Classical period is also represented by Mozart. Mozart's famous Overture from "The Marriage of Figaro" is on the first disc as well. A favorite piece on the first disc is "Jupiter" from "the Planets Suite" by Gustav Holst. This piece was written in the early 20th century. "Jupiter" is a rousing piece filled with melody and emotion. It is perfect for an event like a royal wedding. The second disc also represents the Royal Family's taste in classical music. But this disc has more of a British flavor than the first disc. It features some of the best composer's from England and some of their most popular works. Edward Elgars' "Pomp and Circumstance" is probably the most famous piece on the disc depending on what your background is. You may know "Pomp and Circumstance" as the song widely used at high school graduation ceremonies throughout the United States. George Frederic Handel is also represented on the first two discs. The baroque composer was born in Germany but spent a lot of him time composing in London. He is sort of an adopted son in the British arts community. The third disc will probably be the most appealing to people people who are not classical music enthusiasts. It is a collection of classic love songs from the pop idiom. The disc kicks off with "Love and Marriage" by Frank Sinatra. A great selection as the first song on the disc because it is in stark contrast to first two. It shows the lighter side of the Royal Family. The American songbook is also well represented on this disc with some classic standards such as "My Funny Valentine" performed by Frank Sinatra and "Someone To Watch Over Me" by Ella Fitzgerald. In addition to Frank Sinatra, some other great crooners appear on the album as well. Dean Martin's rendition of "That's Amore" is the second track. Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole also both have songs on the album. The album is a great selection if you want to pay tribute to the latest Royal Wedding. It is also just a great collection of music as a starter set for someone who may be just getting into classical music because of it's broad selection of famous pieces.

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