Various Artists

Classic Wedding Album [Polygram]

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3)
1 4:43
Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38)
2 2:52
3 2:58
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
4
Air
4:38
La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318
5 1:37
6 2:31
Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a)
7 2:38
8 1:57
9 2:19
Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337
10 4:11
Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174)
11 3:24
Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75
12 4:58
13 2:06
Samson, oratorio, HWV 57
14 3:18
15 5:39
16 3:12
17 3:50
18 4:06
Work(s)
19 2:45
Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67
20 2:59
A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61
21 4:28
Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5
22 5:26
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