Classical

Music To Marry By

13 JUN 08 VIVIEN SCHWEITZER

Trying to think of a way to recession proof your wedding? If you can't afford a live ensemble, Telarc's four-disc Beautiful Wedding set provides the next best thing.

The Prelude CD sets the mood with the romantic "Flower Duet" from Lakmé. There's plenty more dreamy music on the disc as well, from Satie's "Gymnopédie" No. 1, a transcription of Debussy's Claire de Lune, Ralph Vaughan Williams enigmatic Fantasia on "Greensleeves" and the beautiful Andante from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21.

The Ceremony disc provides the perfect accompaniment for walking down the aisle, opening with Handel's "Entrance of the Queen of Sheba." For the ceremony, there are trumpet and organ transcriptions of works by Bach and Schubert and for the recessional spirited works by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, and, of course, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

There is also plenty of music for celebrations after the ceremony. Jazz for the Wedding Dinner features music by Ray Charles, Paquito d'Rivera, Dave Brubeck and the Jacques Loussier Trio. If you prefer Bach over Brubeck, Classical Music for the Wedding Dinner offers favorites by Mozart, Vivaldi, Respighi, Haydn and Debussy.