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The Monarch's Music
This album sets the historic moment of King Charles III’s Coronation firmly within the rich tapestry of music and monarchs past. Recorded amidst the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, the programme transports us to points when the link between the British monarchy and music has been concretised – from coronations to royal weddings to more subtle stories of royal intervention – all the while celebrating the musical output of composers who have flourished alongside royal endorsement.
CRD is thrilled to be sharing this sparkling collaboration between The Household Cavalry Band and The Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, masterfully led by Major Paul Collis-Smith and James Vivian.
A celebration of the link between
music and monarchy
The Music of Ernest Kaye
Rameau in the organ loft
Edward Higginbottom is joined by rising star soprano, Holly Teague and percussionist, Felix Higginbottom as he takes Rameau’s most theatrical compositions into the organ loft and ‘reimagines’ their performance, meanwhile taking us on a journey through exotic landscapes and arresting scenes.
Holly Teague (soprano)
Virginia Black returns to the keyboard and her lifelong love: Beethoven’s piano sonatas. The 3 sonatas programmed here afford us a window onto Beethoven’s life and his increasing struggle with hearing loss. We meanwhile experience Beethoven at his best: breaking the rules of the sonata form.
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music
Celebrating fine instruments and narrating London
“When considering what to record on this disc, I decided to focus on music close to my heart– the wonderful and varied music of Great Britain, from both past and present. A combination of works originally for organ and transcriptions for the instrument allowed me to explore the full tonal palette of the instrument and tease out all that the organ has to offer…” – Benjamin Sheen –
Benjamin Sheen, Debut
Director of Music, Jesus College, Cambridge
(Former Sub-Organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford)
Returning to the canon through repertoire and audio
“Magub’s arrangements for strings of Mozart’s canons in two and three parts, recorded here for the first time, are delightful, their wit and charm magnified by high-spirited performances and a close-mic’d sound that ideally suits immersive listening through headphones…”
– Apple Music
Maya Magub and CRD
CRD in Oxford
The Choir of Keble College, Oxford | The Instruments of Time & Truth
“a disc to savour” – Martin Clarke, Organist’s Review
(Ave Rex Angelorum)
“sung exquisitely” – Gramophone