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Handel Coronation Anthems

Choir Of King's College, Cambridge/Academy Of Ancient Music/Stephen Cleobury
9 Mar 2009 | Format: MP3

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1:50
2
0:46
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2:47
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3:02
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2:33
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2:06
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2:43
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2:54
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0:31
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2:15
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2:46
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2:44
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2:56
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2:48
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3:06
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3:17
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2:40
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2:35
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1:43
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2:25
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4:29
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1:46
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1:51


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Sep 2001
  • Release Date: 1 Sep 2001
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 EMI Records ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:01:05
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  • ASIN: B001QW7KNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,622 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. H. Fitzsimmons on 27 July 2004
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This recording of the Handel Coronation Anthems from 1727 is just about the best there is on CD at the moment. King's College Cambridge choir is rightly celebrated as probably the best cathedral choir in Europe if not the world. What sticks out here is the clarity of the diction of the singers, and the beautifully shaped lines that Stephen Cleobury manages to tease from the choir and the Academy of Ancient Music, who record the anthems here for the first time.
That said, the major recommendation of this CD comes from a ravishing performance of the little known birthday ode that Handel wrote for Queen Anne in 1713. Probably unperformed in Handel's lifetime (Queen Anne was ill apparently at the occasion when this was to be performed), there is more than a echo of Purcell whom Handel certainly admired and whose music he knew well. Eternal Source of Light Divine has only been recorded twice - both with James Bowman singing the glorious alto part. Whilst the recording by King and Bowman on Hyperion was superb, Robin Blaze sings the opening aria with poise, panache and delightful delicacy. Together with the other solists Michael George and Susan Gritton, Blaze makes this music jump out at you with its freshness and melifluous shape.
Once bitten by the majesty of this music how can anyone resist Handel's power to move the senses ?
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2006
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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.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar 2002
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King's have entirely done Handel justice. Zadok in particular is worth buying the CD for alone, with the suspense of the introduction heightened for full effect. I advise clearing the area and turning up the volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott N. on 21 Mar 2014
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Ok but I think I still prefer The Sixteen's version first whether it be on CD or download!! Try that instead for long term enjoyment :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tel on 12 Mar 2014
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It was a nice disc not some thing I could rave about but it was what my wife wanted to sing to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Williams BSc(hons) on 11 Feb 2014
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This version of the coronation anthems sounded like it had been performed for EMI.I don't understand why the cover called the composer "fridrick" . Looking again at what I bought I notice that it performed by the academy of ancient music which explains every thing .It sounds like something striving to be authentic rather than magnificent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on 26 Dec 2013
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Stunning! Uplifting! Superb! Highly recommended. Purchased to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth !!'s Coronation, I could not have chosen a better recording
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Aug 2013
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He's my fave r.ave at the moment. The opening of Zadok the Priest is electrifying of course, but the rest of the stuff on this also transports you into a different more splendid world
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