This collection is ideal for those who want something different for their nuptial music. While the famous wedding marches of Mendelssohn and Wagner are included, this recording also features music by an eclectic group of composers including Monteverdi, Pachelbel, Handel, and Bernstein. The roster of performers features some of the giants of music: Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Bryn Terfel, and Leonard Bernstein, to name just a few.
The disc is cleverly divided into five sections: "The Signing of the Registry," "Prelude to the Ceremony," "Processional," "The Ceremony," and "Recessional." The bracing trumpets and drums of Mouret's "Rondeau" makes ideal processional music and sets the stage for the exchange of vows, while the beautiful "One Hand, One Heart" from Bernstein's 'West Side Story' is sung by Te Kanawa and Carreras. What better music to accompany the throwing of rice during the recessional than the "Hornpipe" from Handel's 'Water Music'? For listeners who are planning a wedding, already married, or blissfully single, this collection is a joy.