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Handel: Coronation Anthems. Album by The Sixteen

Handel: Coronation Anthems. Album by The Sixteen

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Winner of the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Baroque Vocal Award

Handel’s Coronation Anthems have delighted audiences ever since their first performance in 1727. They appear in all their glory on this recording interspersed with a selection of Handel favourites including an interesting version of his Organ Concerto in F majorOpus 4 in its original version with the finale of an 'Hallelujah' chorus.

One of Handel’s first tasks as a naturalised British Citizen was to write the music for the Coronation of the new monarch – King George II. Rarely did a composer of the day have such an audience for his new works and Handel composed his four Anthems to match the pomp and grandeur of the occasion and, of course, the venue – Westminster Abbey.


The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

Track Listing

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
1. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba 

Coronation Anthem: my heart is inditing HWV 261
2. My heart is inditing
3. King’s daughters 
4. Upon thy right hand 
5. Kings shall be thy nursing fathers

Organ Concerto in F Major, Opus 4 Number 4 (original version)
6. Allegro
7. Andante
8. Adagio 
9. Allegro

10. Coronation Anthem: Zadok the priest HWV 258 

Coronation Anthem: The king shall rejoice HWV 260
11. The King shall rejoice
12. Exceeding glad shall he be 
13. Glory and worship 
14. Alleluia 
15. Overture to Jephtha

Coronation Anthem: let thy hand be strengthened HWV 259
16. Let thy hand be strengthened 
17. Let justice and judgment 
18. Alleluia

19. Worthy is the Lamb (Messiah) 
20. Amen (Messiah)