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Music For The Coronation of King James II, 1685
Various composers

James Bowman / Andrew Tortise / Maciek O'Shea

Music For The Coronation of King James II, 1685

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212009420
Catnr: SIGCD 094
Release date: 01 February 2007
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212009420
Catalogue number
SIGCD 094
Release date
01 February 2007
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About the album

With a stunning selection of choral music that is truly fit for a King, Andrew Gant leads the Choir of the Chapel Royal & The Musicians Extra-Ordinary to re-create the music that accompanied the coronation of James II and Queen Mary in 1685.

Recorded in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, this record is a perfect representation of one of the country's most illustrious and historic musical institutions.

Glorieuze reconstructie van de muziek bij de kroning van James II
Andrew Gant leidt het Choir of the Chapel Royal & The Musicians Extra-Ordinary in deze reconstructie van de muziek die tijdens de kroning van James II en Queen Mary in 1685 ten gehore werd gebracht, met een prachtige selectie koorwerken die werkelijk geschikt zijn voor een koning. Dit album, opgenomen in de Chapel Royal van St James’s Palace, is een perfecte representatie van een van de meest gerenommeerde en historische muziekinstituten van Engeland.

De muziek tijdens de kroning heeft de structuur van een enorme boog, van de schelle fanfares van de opening via de kleinere, meer ouderwetse werken in het midden van meer bescheiden proporties naar het glorieuze en bombastische slotwoord. Deze vorm is voor de hedendaagse luisteraars zeker net zo bevredigend als voor hen die hem bedachten.

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The Choir of the Chapel Royal

The choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal has a long history and strong reputation. The choir still sings the weekly service in the Chapel Royal or The Queen's Chapel and at other events as commanded by The Queen. These include the annual Royal Maundy service, the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, and, in recent years, the funeral of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey and the Golden Jubilee Service at St Paul's Cathedral. The choir consists of six Gentlemen-in-Ordinary, who are professional singers, and ten children of the Chapel Royal, boy choristers who hold choral scholarships at the City of London School.
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The choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal has a long history and strong reputation.

The choir still sings the weekly service in the Chapel Royal or The Queen's Chapel and at other events as commanded by The Queen. These include the annual Royal Maundy service, the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, and, in recent years, the funeral of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey and the Golden Jubilee Service at St Paul's Cathedral.

The choir consists of six Gentlemen-in-Ordinary, who are professional singers, and ten children of the Chapel Royal, boy choristers who hold choral scholarships at the City of London School.


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Andrew Gant (conductor)

Composer(s)

Henry Purcell

Westminster Abbey is not just the place where British monarchs were crowned, it's also the place where many English great men were burried. Among those was also Henry Purcell. This final resting place had a double meaning for him: firstly, with his status as a composer he deserved a spot in the abbey, but secondly this was also the location where he worked during the reign of Charles II and William & Mary.  Most people will recognise the last aria of Purcell's beloved opera Dido and Aeneas: 'Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.' More abstract, but less trenchant are his brilliant Fantasias (for viola da gamba) which Purcell composed in the early 1680s. These are small, at times daringly expirimental works, which...
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Westminster Abbey is not just the place where British monarchs were crowned, it's also the place where many English great men were burried. Among those was also Henry Purcell. This final resting place had a double meaning for him: firstly, with his status as a composer he deserved a spot in the abbey, but secondly this was also the location where he worked during the reign of Charles II and William & Mary. Most people will recognise the last aria of Purcell's beloved opera Dido and Aeneas: "Remember me, but ah! forget my fate." More abstract, but less trenchant are his brilliant Fantasias (for viola da gamba) which Purcell composed in the early 1680s. These are small, at times daringly expirimental works, which he carefully dated. Yet, Purcell mostly developed himself as a composer of vocal music, with numerous odes, 'welcome songs', motets (anthems), songs for domestic use (both sacred and secular, both monophonic and polyphonic) and music for theatre.


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Thomas Tallis

Thomas Tallis was an English composer who occupies a primary place in anthologies of English choral music, and is considered one of England's greatest composers. He is honoured for his original voice in English musicianship. No contemporary portrait of Tallis survives: that painted by Gerard Vandergucht (illustration), dates from 150 years after Tallis died, and there is no reason to suppose that it is a likeness. In a rare existing copy of his black letter signature, the composer spelled his last name 'Tallys.' Tallis is known for his work with William Byrd. He started to teach the much younger Byrd at the Chapel Royal in London. Later, they were both appointed as organists of the Chapel. 
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Thomas Tallis was an English composer who occupies a primary place in anthologies of English choral music, and is considered one of England's greatest composers. He is honoured for his original voice in English musicianship. No contemporary portrait of Tallis survives: that painted by Gerard Vandergucht (illustration), dates from 150 years after Tallis died, and there is no reason to suppose that it is a likeness. In a rare existing copy of his black letter signature, the composer spelled his last name "Tallys." Tallis is known for his work with William Byrd. He started to teach the much younger Byrd at the Chapel Royal in London. Later, they were both appointed as organists of the Chapel.


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