The Royal Wedding: the digital album

Loved that little ceremony? Loved the music even more?

It's online right now.

According to a press release, The Royal Wedding: The Official Album is ready for purchase from "the world's foremost download and streaming platforms."

For example, click here for the related iTunes screen, and click here for the related Amazon screen. (Each of those links includes a track listing.)

The text of the complete press release follows the jump.

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- Ken Richardson


[Press release]

April 29, 2011 (New York/London) - For the first time in history, the Royal Wedding ceremony was recorded this morning and will be immediately released digitally today. Decca Records, one of Britain's historic record labels, will release Prince William and Catherine Middleton's entire wedding ceremony on the world's foremost download and streaming platforms within hours of the service ending.

Musicians who performed at the ceremony include the Choir of Westminster Abbey, the Chapel Royal Choir, the London Chamber Orchestra, and the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. The choirs were under the direction of James O'Donnell, and the London Chamber Orchestra was conducted by its Music Director and Principal Conductor, Christopher Warren-Green.

Decca Records is a part of Universal Music, the world's leading record company, which also released the recording of the Wedding of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales (in 1981), and the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales (in 1997). The uniquely original new recording will be the next in a historic line to mark major milestones for the royal family, and as such it will enter the homes of millions across the whole world.

A physical version of the album [to be released on May 10 on both CD and vinyl] will include a special collector's booklet featuring the complete order of service; the readings, vows, hymns, and blessings; and all the music from this global event with one of the biggest audiences in television history.

The album is produced by one of the world's finest classical record producers, Anna Barry, who has produced over 500 recordings of distinction for over 25 years, ranging from works by Andrew Lloyd Webber to opera at the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev, and many other legendary artists including José Carreras and Zubin Mehta.

The multi-Grammy-nominated producer said of the Royal Wedding recording: "This is a great honor and an enormous responsibility. The wedding means so much to millions of people all over the world; we had to capture every note and every nuance perfectly and have the recording ready within minutes of the end of the ceremony."

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