Sunday, May 1, 2011
Yes. I had nothing better to do on my day off Friday, so I watched a rerun of the Royal Wedding (Royal Wedding reruns, hehe). Musically, it wasn't much to write home about. The brass were impressive sounding until they flubbed half the notes. The chorus sounded excellent, in that generic and enervated British way in which every voice matches perfectly by stripping itself of all personality.
The repertoire were mostly the usual jingoistic anthems: "Jerusalem", "I Was Glad", a token new John Rutter piece from his assembly line of diabetic tonality. The real greats of British music like RVW, Britten and Elgar were represented by some of their least impressive offerings. There was only one piece that impressed at all.