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Like a lot of people, I became slightly obsessed with the Royal Wedding and went out and bought all the books, DVDs and magazines that featured William and Kate. Whilst I had remembered hearing about certain Royal Weddings when I was younger, this was the first one which I was old enough to 'know about', and so as the wedding aproached, I got really excited, especially as it meant that we could celebrate with a day off work!
The Royal Wedding: The Official Album is the 'audio' version of the ceremony that took place for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. The CD was released on May 4th 2011 and so is very recent. You can buy your copy of this CD from Amazon for a price of £7.99 which I think is good value for money.
The CD features: The Choir of Westminister Abbey, James O'Donnell, The London Chamber of Orchestra and Christopher Warren-Green.
I like how there is a description of what was happening when each song was 'playing'. For example the song the first song was played when the Queen and the Duke arrived at the Abbey.
First of all, I thought that this album was a good idea, as when listening to it, it makes you remember what was happening at the wedding when the songs were being played.
Originally, I thought that this album was just the music from the wedding ceremony. However, it turns out that it is actually a live recording of the whole ceromony. So, as you can imagine I was pleased to discover that the actual vows were on here which I thought was good. However, I did think that William and Kate's voices sounded very quiet when they were saying their vows and so you couldn't hear them very well.
I was suprised at how well the music on this album sounds. It is very clear and so you can hear it very well. Considering it was recorded live, I think that they have done a great job. I also like the fact that because it was recorded live, it hasn't had any special effects added to it.
The CD is very emotional to listen to as it brings back memories of the day. The music on here certainly made the ceremony quite an emotional one. It just added to the beautiful ceremony.
Now, obviously this isn't going to be the kind of CD which you are going to play over and over again. Although, it is good to be able to say that you own it. It is definetely one to add to your 'Royal' collection.
If you watched the ceremony on the television, then you may want to add this CD to your collection - it will certainly make you remember William and Kate's special day.
Thanks for reading!
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The Arrival of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh – Fanfare
2 The Procession of The Queen - March from The Birds (Parry)
3 Prelude on Rhosymedre (Vaughan Williams)
4 The Procession of the Bride - Anthem: I Was Glad (Parry)
5 Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda) (Hughes)
6 The Welcome and Introduction
7 The Marriage
8 The Vows
9 Hymn: Love Divine (Blaenwern) (Rowlands)
10 The Lesson
11 The Anthem: This is the Day Which The Lord Hath Made (Rutter)
12 The Address
13 The Motet: Ubi Caritas (Mealor)
14 The Prayers
15 Hymn: Jerusalem (Parry)
16 The Blessing
17 The National Anthem (Trad.)
18 The Signing of the Register - Blest Pair of Sirens (Parry)
19 Fanfare: Valiant and Brave (Stubbs)
20 The Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom - Crown Imperial (Walton)
21 Toccata from Symphonie V (Widor)