The Six Wives of Henry VIII Live at Hampton Court Palace
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Live at Hampton Court Palace is a live album from the English keyboardist and composer Rick Wakeman, released through Eagle Records on 5 October 2009. The album is a live recording of the second of two sold-out concerts on 2 May 2009 at Hampton Court Palace in London. It documents the first live performances of Wakeman's 1973 instrumental concept albumThe Six Wives of Henry VIII in its entirety, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne. Wakeman performs with his band, The English Rock Ensemble, the Orchestra Europa and the English Chamber Choir.
In 1973, Wakeman wrote to Hampton Court Palace requesting permission to stage a performance of his album The Six Wives of Henry VIII. He was denied permission, only to have been invited to do so 35 years later in 2008.
The DVD/BD version differs slightly from the CD, in that the CD version has the narration by Brian Blessed edited out, leaving only the music. The CD version also omits the tracks "Henry's Fanfare" and "Jayne's Prelude"
The track "Defender of the Faith" was intended for release on the original album, but there was no space left due to time limitations of vinyl records. This album is also notable for using different spellings of "Catherine". The original album only used the "Catherine" spelling whereas Live in Hampton Court Palace uses "Catherine", "Kathryn" and "Katherine".