Handel: Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4

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Handel: Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4



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10th June 2016




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Handel: Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4


Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4

Esther: Choruses

NDR Choir & Göttingen Festival Orchestra, Laurence Cummings



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Handel wrote the impressive 'Coronation Anthems' for George II. At the express wish of the new ruler he took British citizenship in order to meet the formal requirements for the task. Their festive character brought the work exceptional popularity even after the coronation. And hence 'Zadok the Priest' has not only been heard at every British coronation ceremony since, but also inspired the writer of the theme music for the UEFA Champions League! The present recording is a live production from the 2014 International Händel Festival in Göttingen, highly praised by the critics and the audience. Laurence Cummings, the Festival's Artistic Director, a renowned Handel specialist stands at the helm of the Göttingen Festival Orchestra and the NDR Choir.

George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest, HWV 258

Zadok the Priest, HWV 258

George Frideric Handel: Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, HWV 259

Let thy Hand be stengthened

Let justice and judgement


George Frideric Handel: The King Shall Rejoice, HWV 260

The King shall rejoice

Exceeding glad shall he be

Glory and worship


George Frideric Handel: My Heart Is Inditing, HWV 261

My Heart is inditing

Kings' daughters

Upon thy right hand

Kings shall be thy nursing fathers

George Frideric Handel: Esther, HWV 50b


Act I: Shall we the God of Israel fear

Act I: Ye sons of Israel mourn

Act II: Tyrants may a while presume

Act II: Save us, O Lord

Act II: God is our hope

The Times

20th May 2016

“Cummings bookends this recording with the two versions [of Zadok], the second less splashy but both distinguished less by baroque pomp and bombast than the conductor’s skilful sense of how to build its momentum to an eardrum-thwacking climax.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2016

“Cummings’s assured shaping of the excellent orchestra and the NDR Chorus’s strong yet balanced textures are particularly satisfying in the largest-scale brassiest passages of the Coronation Anthems…this Teutonic choir can sing Handel in English with as much eloquence as any native British choir.”

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