The Coronation of King George II

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
"Why present just Handel's "Coronation Anthems for King George II" when you can present the whole Coronation?" seems to be the proposition that underlies this two-disc set, entitled The Coronation of King George II, 1727. And, thrillingly performed by Robert King directing the King's Consort and the Choir of the King's Consort, there seems no good reason not to, and every good reason to, do just that. King, who has led many stirring recordings of Handel's oratorios in his time, turns in splendid performances of the four "Coronation Anthems," along with superb performances of ceremonial choral music by Tallis, Purcell, Gibbons, Blow, Farmer, and Child. But those are just ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
"Why present just Handel's "Coronation Anthems for King George II" when you can present the whole Coronation?" seems to be the proposition that underlies this two-disc set, entitled The Coronation of King George II, 1727. And, thrillingly performed by Robert King directing the King's Consort and the Choir of the King's Consort, there seems no good reason not to, and every good reason to, do just that. King, who has led many stirring recordings of Handel's oratorios in his time, turns in splendid performances of the four "Coronation Anthems," along with superb performances of ceremonial choral music by Tallis, Purcell, Gibbons, Blow, Farmer, and Child. But those are just the highlights of the recording, which opens with the tolling of the bells of Westminster Abbey and closes with the tolling of the bells of London and includes along the way trumpet fanfares led by the inestimable Crispian Steele-Perkins, drum processions led by Charles Fullbrook, spoken acclamations by Andrew Carwood as the Archbishop of Canterbury, and shouts of praise by the assembled multitudes. This set may not be for everyone -- enemies of the monarchy need not tune in -- and may not be for every day -- a steady diet of fanfares and processions may be much for some listeners -- but when you are in the mood to hear royalty enthroned, this set cannot be surpassed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2001
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571172866
  • Catalog Number: 67286
  • Sales rank: 318,289

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Church Bells: Tolling Bell of "Westminster Abbey" - Recorded Sound & Edward Perry (0:49)
  2. 2 Coronation of George II (England): Trumpet fanfare 1 - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:39)
  3. 3 Coronation of George II (England): Drum procession 1 - The King's Consort & Robert King (1:32)
  4. 4 Coronation of George II (England): Vivat - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:05)
  5. 5 Coronation of George II (England): Trumpet fanfare 2 - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:26)
  6. 6 O Lord, Grant the King a Long Life, anthem for soloists, chorus & orchestra - William Child & Robert King (1:40)
  7. 7 Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62: Grand Instrumental Procession (as used for coronat - George Frideric Handel & Robert King (5:12)
  8. 8 I was glad when they said unto me, anthem for alto, tenor, bass, chorus, string & organ, Z. 19 - Henry Purcell & Robert King (4:33)
  9. 9 Coronation of George II (England): God save King George (1) - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:53)
  10. 10 Coronation of George II (England): Trumpet fanfare 3 - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:14)
  11. 11 Coronation Anthem for chorus & orchestra "Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened" HWV 259 - George Frideric Handel & Robert King (9:02)
  12. 12 Litany (O God, the Father of Heaven), for 5 voices - Thomas Tallis & Robert King (6:51)
  13. 13 Come Holy Ghost - John Farmer & Robert King (3:00)
  14. 14 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel & Robert King (5:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Coronation of George II (England): Trumpet fanfare 4 - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:27)
  2. 2 Behold, O God Our Defender for soloists, chorus & orchestra - John Blow & Robert King (2:03)
  3. 3 Coronation of George II (England): Trumpet fanfare 5 - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:25)
  4. 4 Coronation of George II (England): God save the King - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:13)
  5. 5–8 Coronation Anthem No.2 for chorus & orchestra "The King Shall Rejoice" HWV260 - George Frideric Handel & Robert King (11:34)
  6. 6 Second Service (Verse Service), for 1-5 voices & organ, (complete): Te Deum (from the Second Service) - Orlando Gibbons & Robert King (10:42)
  7. 7 Coronation of George II (England): Trumpet fanfare 6 - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:27)
  8. 8 God Spake Sometime in Visions for soloists, chorus & orchestra - John Blow & Robert King (13:18)
  9. 9 Coronation of George II (England): Drums - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:21)
  10. 10 Coronation of George II (England): Trumpet fanfare 7 - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:24)
  11. 11 Coronation of George II (England): God save King George (2) - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:14)
  12. 15–18 Coronation Anthem No.3 for chorus & orchestra "My Heart Is Inditing" HWV 261 - George Frideric Handel & Robert King (12:55)
  13. 16 Coronation of George II (England): Trumpet fanfare 8 - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:12)
  14. 17 Work(s): Unspecified March - George Frideric Handel & Robert King (1:45)
  15. 18 Coronation of George II (England): Trumpet fanfare 9 - The King's Consort & Robert King (0:36)
  16. 19 Coronation of George II (England): Drum procession 2 - The King's Consort & Robert King (1:25)
  17. 20 Church Bells: The bells of "London" - Recorded Sound & Edward Perry (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert King Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kingly and passionate

    This performance by The Choir of the King's Consort and The King's Consort places you directly in the Collegiate Church of St Peter in Westminster, where you are facing east and watching as King George and Queen Caroline walk to their throne and sit, enduring the coronation ceremony in graceful and majestic silence. As an aficionado of things royal, naturally I was compelled to purchase this dual CD performance and found myself enjoying it thoroughly. Alternating from delicate instrumental compositions of such classic pieces by Purcell, Blow, et al, and the passionate and powerful vocalisations of the choir were inspiring and peaceful. The creation of this CD was such that you felt as if you were there from the time the bell began to toll at Westminster Abbey, hearing the triumphant cries of the choir, singing and declaring, "God Save The King," and finally to the end when the bells of London begin pealing, heralding the new King and Queen. That is why I give this CD such credit: it takes you to Westminster Abbey in 1727. The only problem I found with these CDs was the moment of the pealing of the "bells of London," as they were not the actual bells of London (a task the producers were unable to carry out), but bells from different belfries across the UK. Nonetheless these CDs are very much worth the listen and are something I plan to cherish and enjoy for a very long time to come.

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