Various Artists, Michael S. Murray, L'académie, Stuart Forster & The Choir of the Church of the Redeemer | Vivat Regina!  the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II 1952-2012

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Vivat Regina! the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II 1952-2012

by Various Artists, Michael S. Murray, L'académie, Stuart Forster & The Choir of the Church of the Redeemer

"Vivat Regina" is a commemorative recording celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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1. Crown Imperial
Michael S. Murray
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2. I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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3. Behold, O God Our Defender
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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4. Jerusalem
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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5. First Reading: 1 Peter 2:13-17
Dr. Phil Budden
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6. Magnificat "Collegium Regale"
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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7. Second Reading: Matthew 22:15-22
Kenneth Millican
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8. Nunc Dimittis "Collegium Regale"
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
3:47 $0.99
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9. Fantasia On a Ground Bass
L’académie
4:56 $0.99
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10. I Will Not Leave You Comfortless
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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11. The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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12. Zadok the Priest
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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13. Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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14. Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
3:34 $0.99
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15. O Taste and See
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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16. God Save the Queen
Choir of the Church of the Redeemer
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17. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D
Dr. Stuart Forster
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This recording marks the sixtieth anniversary of the accession to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Whilst Her Majesty’s coronation did not occur until June 2nd, 1953, it was on February 6th in the year 1952 that Her Majesty came to the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI.

As Queen, Elizabeth II is the titular head of the Church of England and holds the office of “Supreme Governor”. As the head of the Church of England, Her Majesty represents the foundation for the centuries-old traditions of the Church.

The tracks on this live recording are largely taken from the Festal Evensong held at the Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on February 12th, 2012, where the church was filled with people who joined us to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

In this recording, you will encounter music directly associated with Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s venerable “I was glad when they said unto me”, a setting of Psalm 122, was sung during the procession at Her Majesty’s coronation service within Westminster Abbey.

The text of “Zadok the Priest”, which is drawn from the First Book of Kings, has held a place within the coronation service since King Edgar’s in 973. George Frideric Handel’s setting was performed at Her Majesty’s coronation, as it has been at every sovereign’s since that of George II in 1727, the occasion for which the work was composed. This most celebrated work is almost never performed liturgically as, apart from a coronation, there is seldom an appropriate opportunity to include it.

The hymnody in this recording is, likewise, drawn from the traditions and history of the Church of England. The very famous hymn “Jerusalem” is often ill-perceived to be a national anthem of Great Britain. Whilst it does command a certain national pride for Britons, William Blake’s text speaks of building God’s Kingdom upon Earth, and the direct reference to England could, in fact, reference any part of the globe; it was simply the author’s relevant parcel of land. Nonetheless, “Jerusalem” remains a stirring anthem for many, regardless of creed. “Praise my soul, the King of Heaven” is included as it is reputed to be one of Her Majesty’s favorite hymns; Ralph Vaughan Williams’ esteemed setting of “The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune” was composed for Her Majesty’s coronation service and needs little introduction.

Herbert Howells’ “Behold, O God our defender” is another work especially composed for Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953. His setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis is dedicated to the “Collegium Regale”, better known as King’s College, Cambridge. It seems only appropriate to include the setting he composed for this most distinguished of royal colleges, the chapel of which was completed in 1544, during the reign of King Henry VIII, the founder of the Church of England.

The readings which precede each canticle are those that were read during the coronation service. Here the first is read by Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul General to New England, Dr. Philip Budden, and the second by Mr. Kenneth Millican.

Also included in this recording is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “O taste and see”, which was composed to be sung whilst Her Majesty received Holy Communion. Samuel Sebastian Wesley’s perennial “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace” was also among the veritable cornucopia of music that reverberated throughout the ancient abbey that day.

It is our hope that through the music contained herein you will find yourself with a deeper understanding of all things spiritual, and that Her Majesty’s office brings you to a new understanding of God.

Vivat Regina Elizabetha!

Michael S. Murray, Organist and Choirmaster

Please note: As the majority of the tracks on this album were recorded live, some extraneous noise and live ‘nuances’ may be heard from time to time. We have chosen not to edit these in order that you may experience the true atmosphere of the occasion.

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