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|Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997: The BBC Recording of the Funeral Service|
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
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Paul W. Patterson, Jr. | Evanston, Illinois United States | 12/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The end is chillingly beautiful!! Over the sounds of the Coldstream Guards pallbearers' feet, the choir sings John Taverner's "Alleluia" live in the most gripping version ever. Then, there is a pause which seems endless. Suddenly, the great bells of Westminster Abbey erupt with a heart-wrenching, echoing antiphony of distinctly English change-ringing which eventually fades away forever, just like the lost Princess."
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A. Burchfield | Conway, Missouri USA | 08/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Many of us got up early to watch the funeral on TV, most have also seen it innumerable times in television programs and videos. For your money you get a live recording of the funeral services which means that there will be sounds that were not filtered out as a studio recording would be. An example of this is Elton John's performance of "Candle in the Wind", several times you can tell that his mouth got very close to the microphone.The jewel case booklet appears to be a miniature of the funeral program with additional explanatory notes inserted at the appropriate times"
A. Burchfield | 06/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The funeral service of one of the most well-known members of the Royal Family brought this nation together like no other event. How thoughtful it was of the BBC to record the ceremony, at which the music was brilliantly performed and the readings were so heartfelt. I strongly suspect that of all the music, the two tracks that will live for ever in everyone's minds will be Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" and John Tavener's "Song for Athene", both of which were fitting tributes and added something to the ceremony that nothing else could. Other highlights for me include the Purcell "Funeral Sentences", Tony Blair's reading of the lesson, "Though I speak with the tongues of men" and the courageous tribute by Earl Spencer, worthy of the applause it received. This is a disc of precious memories so touchingly and magnificently preserved. Even so, there are those who I am sure may find it too heartbreaking to purchase- I will admit to being one of them."