Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997: The BBC Recording of the Funeral Service
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The readings on this recording are preserved; this is not simply the music from the service, but includes the tribute readings done by Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Lady Jane Fellowes, and Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as the somewhat shocking statement read out by her brother, the Earl Spencer, who said much in emotional tenor that people felt but were afraid to say.
The music includes some hymns and service music pieces that are familiar and favourites of Diana. These include pieces by well-known composers such as Holst and Verdi, as well as a prelude by William Harris, the National Anthem (God Save the Queen), and the stunning 'Alleluia' at the end by John Tavener, modern composer from the Orthodox tradition, whose haunting strains cast a tone of reverence and mystery over the entire proceeding. Perhaps the more bizarre (but not entirely inappropriate) piece was a modification of the song, 'Candle in the Wind', performed by Elton John in honour of Diana.
In some ways, it feels as if the funeral were conducted only yesterday, and in other ways, that it is a lifetime ago. Not even ten years have passed since the funeral on Saturday, the 6th of September, 1997. The world is a different place, but Diana's image remains a strong one in the minds of all who knew her, and of most who knew of her. This album is a loving tribute, and a great remembrance.
I dedicate this review to Bob Zeidler, fellow Amazon reviewer. May he also rest in peace.
The recording includes the somber tolling bell that marked the beginning of the service; the running engines and closing doors of the motor vehicle that transported the princess's body; the shuffling feet of the escorts that accompanied her cortege in and out of the cathedral; the remarkable applause that followed The Earl Spencer's courageous eulogy (I clapped too); and the magnificent Westminster peal that rang out as the casket was taken away for burial at Althorpe.
IMO the most memorable moments of this recorded service are:
-- Verdi's Libera me, Domine, de morte eternal, movingly sung by soprano Lynne Dawson and the BBC Singers;
-- PM Tony Blair's sensitive reading of Paul I Corinthians 13, the apostle's letter on love;
-- Elton John performing Candle In The Wind (Goodbye English Rose), a revision of his own song about Marilyn Monroe. The actress's worldwide fame, troubled personal life and tragic early death were mirrored by Diana;
-- the aforementioned tribute to the princess delivered by her brother.Read more ›
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Great to have this as a CD. Now it needs to become available on DVD! And when that happens, it NEEDS to be available as Region 1.Published 1 month ago by C. Chilton
The funeral of princess Diana was very sad almost 20 years ago. I taped it on two VCR's and TV but they wore out because I simply love the version of "Make me a Channel of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I previously owned this, loaned it, was not able to have it returned. The tracks offer a beautiful way to remember Diana. Read morePublished 22 months ago by jhey
I had one copy of this and gave it to a friend, but love some of the songs on this album, so bought another to keep and listen to on occasion. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by E. Russell
For all of the Devoted Fans of Diana's......bittersweet and poignant CD of the time we had with her, here on earth. Fond CD of Diana.....Published on June 7, 2011 by Bob Cinema Critic
I thought that after all this time I would never find a copy of this haunting event. I received it quickly and in pretty good shape Thank you so muchPublished on May 20, 2011 by Vanessa M. Becknell