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Boyce, Handel, Croft, Clarke, Blow, Purcell: Coronation Anthems

William Boyce , Georg Friederich Handel , William Croft , Jeremiah Clarke , John Blow , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of New College
  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Composer: William Boyce, Georg Friederich Handel, William Croft, Jeremiah Clarke, John Blow, et al.
  • Audio CD (6 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000065AHW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. William Boyce: The King shall RejoiceChoir of New College, Oxford 7:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. William Boyce: Come Holy Ghost our Souls InspireChoir of New College, Oxford 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. William Boyce: Praise the Lord O JerusalemChoir of New College, Oxford 3:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. George Frideric Handel: The King shall rejoice (Coronation Anthem No.3, HWV 260) - 1. The King shall RejoiceChoir of New College, Oxford 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. George Frideric Handel: The King shall rejoice (Coronation Anthem No.3, HWV 260) - 2. Exceeding Glad shall he beChoir of New College, Oxford 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. George Frideric Handel: The King shall rejoice (Coronation Anthem No.3, HWV 260) - 3. Glory and WorshipChoir of New College, Oxford 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. George Frideric Handel: The King shall rejoice (Coronation Anthem No.3, HWV 260) - 4. AlleluiaChoir of New College, Oxford 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No.1, HWV 258)Choir of New College, Oxford 5:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. William Croft: The Lord is a Sun and a ShieldChoir of New College, Oxford 8:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jeremiah Clarke: Praise the Lord O JerusalemChoir of New College, Oxford 2:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. John Blow: Let my Prayer come upChoir of New College, Oxford 1:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. John Blow: The Lord is a Sun and ShieldChoir of New College, Oxford 7:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Henry Purcell: I was Glad (Anthem) (previously attributed wrongly to John Blow)Choir of New College, Oxford 5:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Henry Purcell: My heart is inditing (Z.30) - 1. My Heart is InditingChoir of New College, Oxford12:30Album Only
Listen15. Henry Purcell: My heart is inditing (Z.30) - 2. Praise the Lord of JerusalemChoir of New College, Oxford 2:590.79  Buy MP3 


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The Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of New College Oxford join forces magnificently on this celebratory CD of 15 baroque coronation anthems. The tracklist runs in reverse order beginning with Boyce's music for George III, and continuing with Handel's for George II, Croft's for George I, Jeremiah Clarke's for Queen Anne, Blow's for William and Mary, and Purcell's for James II. The best-known work and the only one to have been retained for subsequent coronations is Handel's Zadok the Priest, which here gently pants through its suspense-filled introduction until the glorious full bloom of the choral entry complete with trumpets and drums. The boys sound in euphoric end-of-term voice. The men enjoy the romp. Handel's is the grand view of monarchy, splendidly regal, distant, proud and untouchable by the rejoicing crowds. Purcell's is a more private and personal view as expressed in the exquisite verse anthem My heart is inditing here performed with chamber delicacy. The trebles sing a strong, supplicating line in Blow's Let my prayer with the gentlemen a subtle backing. The orchestra glows throughout the disc and billows pneumatically in the opening Boyce anthem The King shall rejoice. This lacks the catchy invention of Handel's setting of the same words.--Rick Jones

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3.0 out of 5 stars Crowning Glory? 4 May 2013
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This disc contains recordings of music for British coronations by six different composers. Inevitably Handel is one and the King Shall Rejoice and Zadok the Priest are, rather boringly, included. Although the music has some historic interest, beginning with the 1689 coronation of William and Mary (by Purcell), and is adequatly performed by New College Choir and the Academy of Ancient Music under Higginbottom, the result does not inspire much enthusiasm for the genre. No doubt the composers lacked any real inspiration being faced with a public commission for an event for which they did not feel much commitment. Perhaps the oddest is the Jeremiah Clarke for Queen Anne, the rest being very run of the mill. It is salutary to remark that it was only in the 20th century that English music really rose to these occasions.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful performances of superb music 25 Dec 2006
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This CD has been recorded in reverse chronological order of first performances, so that the first work by Boyce was performed at George III's coronation in 1761, while the last one by Purcell, was written for the coronation of James II in 1685.

The Choir of New College Oxford and the Academy of Ancient Music performed the Boyce anthems from facsimiles of the orignal manuscript, including the original parts, held in the Bodleian Library, a stone's throw from New College.

Highly recommended CD.
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