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Handel: Royal Fireworks, Coronation Anthems / King's Consort

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthems (4)
>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée

Notes & Reviews:

'Mightily impressive' (The Guardian)

'This recording recreates the scale of [the] original outdoor performance with 24 oboes, nine each of horns and trumpets, a dozen bassoons, and a mighty percussion of four pairs of timpani including a unique pair of extra-large 'double drums' and four side-drummers. The effect is shattering, the clearest justification for 'authenticity' in performance' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'Those two dozen oboes make magnificent and surprisingly clear sound, and the inclusion of the glorious Coronation Anthems composed for George II's coronation makes the disc one of unashamed musical splendour' (The Sunday Times)


"... Robert King with the King's Consort has assembled a grand ensemble. Given the unwieldy size of these forces, Hyperion's recording is masterly. The Blend of sound must surely be unique - weighty yet quite crisp in allegros and positively jaunty in the minuets." -1001 Classical Recordings


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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthems (4)
  • Notes: Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London, England (02/27/1989-02/28/1989)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Handel - Bourée
  • Running Time: 19 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749