Coronation Anthems (includes Zadok the Priest)
George Frideric Handel


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Most famous for containing the irresistibly uplifting 'Zadok The Priest', Handel's four Coronation Anthems were the perfect welcome to King George II on the occasion of, unsurprisingly, his coronation in 1727. 'Zadok' itself takes biblical inspiration from the anointing of Solomon by Zadok, but there's something so much more alive and affirming about it than a simple retelling of a bible story. Handel's music is inspirational, emotional and involving to the last. What King wouldn't be happy with that?