Coronation: Music for Royal Occasions | Coro COR16196

Coronation: Music for Royal Occasions


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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16196

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th April 2023



Coronation: Music for Royal Occasions spans 500 years of royal music for celebration, for prayer and for commemoration varying in scale from private devotion to full state coronation.

The collection, featuring Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Purcell, Tippett and Britten, looks forward to the coronation of Charles III, and back to the ancient rituals of royal ceremonial. It also presents a new work, commissioned by the Genesis Foundation, from celebrated composer Cecilia McDowall commemorating the life of Queen Elizabeth II and celebrating her remarkable reign.

Of course no such collection would be complete without examples from the four anthems Handel wrote for the coronation of George II at Westminster Abbey in 1727, of which Zadok the Priest has been performed at the coronation of every British monarch since. Much has changed since their first performance almost 300 years ago. Yet their dramatic impact and grandeur, underlined by mighty choral acclamations and regal trumpets and drums, remains supremely fit for the coronation of a new king.

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