I bought this recording just for Handel's "Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest." Zadok is often heard at major functions of the British Royal Family and other Royals of Europe. This Zadok Rocks! Clocking in at 4:59 it is 22 seconds faster than the Archiv Preston/English Consort recording, and a half minute shorter that most of the other recordings that are at least five and a half minutes! At this tempo, Zadok starts to take on a different character. The arpeggios that one associates with opening of Zadok seem to vanish and the repetitive downbeats in the lower strings predominate. I'm thinking Dance Music. Sample it, you'll see what I mean.
But it doesn't stop there, (VOLUME ALERT-Make sure to lower the volume on your System before the Chorus, Trumpets & Drums enter because otherwise they will blow your speakers!). When they all come in all you can say is "Wow - Now that's how Baroque Music should be played!" The tympani playing has this robust militaristic quality that deserves special mention. I don't know if Diego Fasolis and I Barocchisti are using original instruments or the latest technology; it's an Awesome Performance!
Get this recording - Play Zadok when you pull out of the driveway and head to work - It starts the day Right!
- Audio CD (Jan. 13 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Hybrid SACD, Import, Audiobook
- Label: Arts Music
- ASIN: B001H26D0Q
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
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