Handel - Coronation Anthems

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Handel - Coronation Anthems



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1st Dec 2002




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Handel - Coronation Anthems


Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4

Silete venti, HWV242

Rebecca Ryan (soprano)

Royal Academy Consort & Tallis Chamber Choir, Jeremy Summerly



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The four Coronation Anthems, written for the coronation of King George II in 1727, were Handel’s first commission as a naturalised British citizen. Handel always matched his music to the occasion and the building for which it was written, and no occasion could be grander than a coronation. The music of these ceremonial anthems is quite straightforward, the real joy of these pieces stemming from the development of layer upon layer of texture through which Handel shows off his musical pyrotechnics. Zadok the Priest is in particular practically unbeaten in dramatic impact with its initial intensity building towards the ecstasy of the climactic choral entry.

George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest, HWV 258

Zadok the Priest

And all the people rejoiced

God save the king

George Frideric Handel: Let thy Hand be stengthened, 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: Silete Venti, HWV 242

Silete Venti

Dulcis amor

O fortunata anima

Date serta


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