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The Coronation of King George II

The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
2CDs Super-Audio CD Deleted
Recording details: February 2001
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2001
Total duration: 100 minutes 22 seconds
 
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Bells  [0'49]
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Trumpet fanfare  [0'39]
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Drums  [1'32]
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Vivat (acclamation)  [0'05]

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Trumpet fanfare  [0'26]
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I was glad when they said unto me  [4'33]  Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

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God save King George  [0'53]

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Trumpet fanfare  [0'14]
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Part 3: Alleluia  [2'11]

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Zadok the Priest HWV258  [5'56]  George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

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Trumpet fanfare  [0'27]
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Trumpet fanfare  [0'25]
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God save the King  [0'13]

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Part 2: Exceeding glad shall he be  [3'17]

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Part 3: Glory and great worship  [2'48]

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Part 4: Alleluia  [2'46]

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Morning Canticle: Te Deum  [10'42]

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Trumpet fanfare  [0'27]
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Drums  [0'21]
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Trumpet fanfare  [0'24]
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God save King George  [0'14]

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Trumpet fanfare  [0'12]  
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Trumpet fanfare  [0'36]
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Drums  [1'25]
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Bells  [2'29]

Crowning The King's Consort's celebrations of its twenty-first birthday and its millionth CD sale for Hyperion, comes a truly spectacular reconstruction, that of the Coronation of King George II in Westminster Abbey in 1727. Complete with ringing trumpet fanfares sounding from all corners of the venue, dramatic drum processions up and down the aisles, shouts of acclamation from a huge cast, pealing church bells (especially recorded at historic churches and cathedrals across England and Wales), and some of the greatest of all ceremonial music, this two-for-the-price-of-one disc is a spectacular musical and sonic tour-de-force.

The music is fronted by Handel's four great Coronation Anthems, including Zadok the Priest (so striking at its first 1727 hearing that it has been performed at every Coronation ever since), alongside splendid coronation music by Henry Purcell, John Blow, William Child, John Farmer, Thomas Tallis and Orlando Gibbons.

The album was recorded in Sony's revolutionary new "Sonoma" one-bit, DSD format, and is available in both conventional CD and the stunning new "surround-sound" SACD format.

Awards

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE