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Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997: The BBC Recording of the Funeral Service

Various Artists Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 30, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000042I9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction: Prelude - William Harris
2. National Anthem - All Sing
3. Funeral Sentences - Diana Princess Of Wales 1961-1997
4. The Bidding - Diana Princess Of Wales 1961-1997
5. Hymn: I Vow To Thee, My Country - All Sing
6. Reading - Sarah McCorquodale
7. Verdi: Requiem-Libera Me - The BBC Singers
8. Reading - Jane Fellowes
9. Hymn: The King Of Love My Shepherd Is - All Sing
10. Reading - Tony Blair
11. Candle In The Wind - Elton John
12. The Tribute - Earl Spencer
13. Hymn: Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace - All Sing
14. Prayers - Diana Princess Of Wales 1961-1997
15. Air From Country Derry - Diana Princess Of Wales 1961-1997
16. The Lord's Prayer - Diana Princess Of Wales 1961-1997
17. Hymn: Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer - All Sing
18. The Commendation - Diana Princess Of Wales 1961-1997
19. Alleluia - John Tavener

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Bring This CD Back Into Print! December 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for your collection July 31, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May she rest in peace... April 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Prior to the recent death of Pope John Paul II, the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales stands out in recent history as one of the most dramatic, most watched, and most awe-inspiring in majesty and scope. Perhaps the tragedy that surrounded her death made the event even more poignant. Taking place at Westminster Abbey, the Funeral Service followed a fairly standard Anglican pattern of liturgy, but had certain additions and flairs that befit the style of life of the Princess.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful June 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and moving recording of wonderful music and words. September 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD originally to listen to the great hymns (especially the one, "I Vow to Thee,..." tune written by Holst, which caught my ear on the television broadcast) where it is rare to have recordings of congregations singing. However, there are so many other good reasons, including the fine readings (in particular the Corinthians passage surperbly interpreted by Tony Blair), the prayers and the Tavener "Allelulia".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This album retraces the most shared deremony in the world; people who have followed it can't take frome their memory the majesty of the funeral cortege in Kensington garden. It is like a play a tragedy that climaxes when the choir starts the hymn make me a channel of your peace and the soprano finishes this song. The song frm Derry county I would be true, pure brave and strong, friend, giving humble i would lookup laughlive and love gives some hope and the shakespeare sonnet makes you one time so compassionate you may really think your song has helped diana rise in the air.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Extraordinary And Irreplaceable Diana" October 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Why there has never been a BBC-produced DVD of Diana, Princess of Wales' 1997 state funeral at Westminster Abbey remains a mystery. It still stands as one of the most watched events in television history. Did the families' wishes or the muddy circumstances surrounding Diana's untimely death influence that decision? We'll probably never know. But the Beeb did produce an excellent recording of the service that remains one of the most moving and memorable events in recent history. I feel lucky to have the CD and its accompanying text booklet; both are now very hard to find, especially in good condition.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth purchasing
I previously owned this, loaned it, was not able to have it returned. The tracks offer a beautiful way to remember Diana. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jhey
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music for a beautiful Princess
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 more
Published 16 months ago by E. Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars MEMORABLE TOUCHING CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Find!
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 much
Published on May 20, 2011 by Vanessa M. Becknell
5.0 out of 5 stars Earl Spencer: Johnny Come Lately
Earl Spencer's tribute to Diana was the heart of this funeral no doubt, however I ask Mr. Spencer WHY didn't you help your sister when she came to you for help? Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by The Blue Baron
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-fitted tribute to a great lady who left us too soon!!
I will never forget when I first heard the news about the death of Princess Diana. My mother told me about it late one evening in late August, 1997 (I had just started my senior... Read more
Published on February 28, 2009 by Matt Tawesson
5.0 out of 5 stars finally found !
Memory of Princess Diana is holy for me. I sought recording of Dianas Funaral Service for years and at last found it available at Amazon .
Published on June 26, 2008 by Juris Ezerins
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh How She Was Loved--I Still Miss Her
I thought this was going to be a video recording of the funeral but it is only the audio. Very well done and I am thankful to have found it as the live video of her funeral I had... Read more
Published on December 1, 2007 by E. Barkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Felt
Cried! Cried! Cried! She was my princess, a woman who never gived up on a fight until that dreadful night. When hearts were shattered and the world weeped. Read more
Published on September 1, 2007 by B. Barth
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