The Sixteen • G F Handel: Coronation Anthems (CD)
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 major Opus 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.
Includes Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Zadok The Priest, The King Shall Rejoice, Worthy Is The Lamb and more...
Harry Christophers director
COR16066 • Released 2009