Hosted By Stephen Peithman

Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern


Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
on Music Station

 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Permalink

The Crowning Connection

The Coronation of Napoleon in Notre Dame by Jacques-Louis David, 1806.


We often refer to the highest achievement of a person’s life, as their “crowning moment.”

It’s a reference, of course, to the coronation of a monarch—be it king, queen, emperor or empress.  

In this hour, music for eight coronations—real, imaginary—and somewhere in between—by Handel, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Walton, and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Walton: Symphony No. 1, etc. [for “Crown Imperial” and “Orb & Sceptre”] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn Telarc CD-80125 089408012525
Coronation Music for Napoleon I [for Le Sueur’s “Marche”] Orchestre de la Capella de Saint-Petersbourg, Vladislav Tchernouchenko Koch  Schwann 3-1208-2 H1 099923120827
Cherubini: Messa Dell'incoronazione,[for “Marche religieuse”] Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti EMI Classics CDC 7 49302 2 077774930222
Glazunov: Symphony No. 2, etc. [for Coronation Cantata] Russian State Orchestra and Chorus, Valeri Polyansk Chandos CHAN 9709 095115970928 
A Venetian Coronation 1595 [for Gabrieli Canzona #13] Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh Erato 26782 5099960267825
Elgar: The Crown of India, etc. [for Coronation March] BBC Philharmonic, Andrew Davis Chandos CHAN 10570 095115157022
Pomp & Pizazz [ for Tchaikovksy’s Coronation March for Czar Alexander III] Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel Telarc CD80122 089408012228
Meyerbeer Overtures and Entr’actes [for the Coronation March from Le Prophete] New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Darrell Ang Naxos 8.573195 747313319572
The Complete Mozart Vol 19: Missae, Requiem [for “Coronation” Mass]   Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chorus, and Vienna Boys' Choir; Uwe Christian Harrer, cond. Philips Classics 422 519-2 028942251922
Handel: Dettingen Te Deum, etc.[for Zadok the Priest] Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, Stephen Layton Hyperion CDA67678 034571176789


More From Connections