Various Artists

Diamond Jubilee: A Classical Celebration

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Diamond Jubilee: A Classical Celebration is a rousing tribute to British classical music, particularly to those popular pieces that stir pride in the monarchy and the nation. The royal connection is evident in such perennial favorites as Handel's coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest; William Walton's pair of coronation marches, Crown Imperial and Orb and Scepter; and the traditional God Save the Queen, though more general feelings of British patriotism are communicated in Edward Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory (Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1) and Jerusalem, Hubert Parry's inspired setting of William Blake's poem. There are some classics of the concert hall, notably the Nimrod variation from Elgar's Enigma Variations, and the Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams, which convey the nostalgia that colored British orchestral music in the post-Romantic era. But the dominant tone of this package is celebratory, so the Colonel Bogey March, Trumpet Voluntary, and Rule, Britannia may give a better sense of this compilation's upbeat mood.

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