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Coronation Anthems [Import]

George Frideric Handel Audio CD
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1. Zadok The Priest: Zadok The Priest
2. Zadok The Priest: And All The People Rejoic'd
3. Zadok The Priest: God Save The King
4. Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened: Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened
5. Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened: Let Justice And Judgment
6. Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened: Alleluia!
7. The King Shall Rejoice: The King Shall Rejoice
8. The King Shall Rejoice: Exceeding Glad Shall He Be
9. The King Shall Rejoice: Glory And Worship
10. The King Shall Rejoice: Thou Hast Prevented Him
11. The King Shall Rejoice: Alleluia!
12. My Heart Is Inditing: My Heart Is Inditing
13. My Heart Is Inditing: Kings' Daughters
14. My Heart Is Inditing: Upon Thy Right Hand
15. My Heart Is Inditing: Kings Shall Be Thy Nursing Fathers
16. Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine
17. Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne: The Day That Gave Great Anna Birth
18. Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne: Let All The Winged Race With Joy
19. Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne: Let Flocks And Herds Their Fear Forget
20. Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne: The Day That Gave
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
While I am no monarchist, I am entranced by the heavenly beauty of this version of Handel's Coronation themes.
As a music piece the selections from this compilation should be deservidly included with other masterpieces such as Mahler's Resurection, and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.
This recording is very much worth the money!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bright Performance Dec 22 2001
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed every minute of this recording, from the soloists to the choir to the orchestra, etc. It was performed as though all the participants were smiling!
The orchestra are famous and here justified their reputation, as did the soloists. The choir were also good, in full sections as well as semi chorus. The only problem was that one alto dominated and was rather over exuberant. But I managed to shut that sound out and concentrate instead on all the plus points.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crowning Achievement Sept. 29 2005
By Akimon Azuki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you only have room for one recording of the Coronation Anthems in your collection, this CD will do splendidly. It's pure, lively and 100% fresh Baroque and the chorus really gets into the act. The heavenly harmonies of "My heart is inditing..." and "Upon Thy Right Hand..." are royal pleasure. But as if this wasn't enough, this disc also contains the Ode for Queen Anne, and with it, the most perfect version of Eternal Source of Light Divine I have heard to date. This is one of Handel's most beautiful pieces, but it is not an easy one to nail; it was written for a countertenor, plus you need a great trumpet player- it is a trumpet-voice duet after all. While I enjoyed James Bowman's spirited rendition, I cringed while listening to many versions recorded by high, warbling sopranos- in particular, Kathleen Battle and Edita Gruberova have transposed this one up and out beyond recognition. But here we have Robin Blaze, a countertenor previously unknown to me, giving us an Eternal Source that is truly ethereal, sunlit and sung by a voice that is outstanding by itself and perfectly blended with that trumpet. And, after a beginning like that, the rest of the Ode actually lives up to the high standard.
King shall rejoice and so shall anybody who listens to this CD.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INDITING OF A GOOD MATTER July 8 2006
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For many years I've been looking for my ideal version of Handel's great Zadok the Priest, and I'm somewhere near it at last. So far as this performance goes, I may actually have got there, all I miss in this account is a little more vividness in the recorded sound. As far as the rest of the disc goes, I have no complaints or reservations at all. The four coronation anthems are given this time in the sequence Zadok, Let thy hand be strengthened, The King shall rejoice and My heart is inditing. Opinions vary as to the appropriate order for them, but obviously if you take a different view of the matter it is very simple to sequence them however you think best. The balance of the disc is taken up with an earlier work, a birthday ode for Queen Anne, probably composed for that monarch's 48th birthday in 1713.

Back to Zadok. Please forgive a possible appearance of dogmatism if I say that the tempo is absolutely right. Cleobury's speed here is much as I remember it from the recording of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It may be faster than one is used to, but there is a very good reason for it. Even at this speed, that spine-tingling orchestral introduction takes a full minute and 20 seconds to reach the great choral chords, and it measures out the tread of the monarch and consort, one stately pace to every four notes, as they advance towards the altar steps in Westminster Abbey, the choral outburst coming as they arrive at them. The choral tone here is very full and grand. I would have been interested to know whether Cleobury has used a larger chorus at this point than later - on one occasion Handel is known to have had 500 performers in Zadok. There are certainly not 500 here, and Handel's choral writing can convey an impression of multitudes even with a smallish choir. From this point on the chorus is appropriately small, clear in its diction and even, to my delight, producing a trill on `ever'. The other three anthems are beautifully done and beautifully recorded. There are various Alleluias in the first three including Zadok, and here, as in the great chorus in Messiah, Handel scans the word sometimes as All-e-LU-ia and sometimes as All-eh-EH-lu-IA. He learned the latter way of doing it from Purcell, and 150 years after Handel's anthems Brahms uses it again in his great Triumphlied celebrating the battle of Sedan.

The words to the birthday ode are by Ambrose Phillips. They are the usual sycophantic rubbish, but `twas ever thus. In days of old such toweringly great poets as Horace and Pindar had turned out equally wince-making sentiments, they just expressed them a lot better. The music is another matter, being simply exquisite. I have been familiar with these three soloists in Handel for a couple of years now, and what a pleasure it is to listen to such perfect singing and perfect sense for the composer's style. The opening number is a heavenly duet for counter-tenor and trumpet. I was very let down at not seeing the trumpeter credited in the liner. It may be Crispian Steel-Perkins (it's good enough to be him) but we are not told. The choir of King's, the Academy of Ancient Music and the director need no introduction by now, and are at their superlative best throughout.

The liner-note, by Anthony Hicks, is helpful, informative and readable, and is given in German and French as well as in English, as are the texts to the music. The recording is really very good too, except that I was eager for just that last ounce of `presence' at the start of Zadok that would have made this disc absolutely perfect for me. The set dates from 2001 I see, so perhaps it will be reissued sometime with a little remastering, fulfilling one of my remaining aspirations in this life.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar March 8 2006
By With Favourable Winds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a Handel enthusiast, I can't think of any way this recording could be less than perfect. As another reviewer has noted, this disc features a brilliantly-executed Ode for Queen Anne's Birthday in addition to the four Coronation anthems. The tempo for "Zadoc the Priest" is the fastest I've heard, and that speed heightens the drama of Handel's score. That Cleobury and company can perform it thus without losing any richness of tone or color -- indeed, excelling in those very areas -- testifies to the quality of this recording.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Professionalism July 19 2005
By Mrs. I. Beattie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD of Handel's Coronation Anthems shows the Choir of King's College Cambridge at its true professional height. The music is lively and tuned to perfection. This recording allows both serious and amateur listeners the chance to experience Handel's music as it should be heard.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bright Performance Dec 22 2001
By Miss Dorthea Sartain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed every minute of this recording, from the soloists to the choir to the orchestra, etc. It was performed as though all the participants were smiling!
The orchestra are famous and here justified their reputation, as did the soloists. The choir were also good, in full sections as well as semi chorus. The only problem was that one alto dominated and was rather over exuberant. But I managed to shut that sound out and concentrate instead on all the plus points.
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