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The Coronation of Their Majesties George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Westminster Abbey, 12 May 1937

Academic journal article Notes

The Coronation of Their Majesties George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Westminster Abbey, 12 May 1937

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Fleur de Lis Recordings FL1001- 2/FL1002-2 (2010), 2 CDs.

This double compact disc contains the complete recording of the 1937 Coronation ceremony of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, marking the first time that all of the musical and spoken parts of the event have been compiled and made available since the original recordings were issued on fifteen 78 rpm records shortly after the Coronation. The BBC broadcast the event live, and also recorded it remotely by running phone lines from Westminster Abbey to Abbey Road studios. Renowned engineer Ward Marston, a specialist in working with historical recordings, handled the an transfers arid restoration for this release, and his work allows listeners to experience what it must have been like to listen live in England on BBC or around the world via shortwave relay. The limitations of the original recordings are apparent, but Marston is to be commended for accentuating the musicality of the performances. The organ tends to come across better than the strings or the brass, and the choral vocals sound fine until the dynamics swell and they approach distortion. …

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