Coronation Anthems (includes Zadok the Priest)
George Frideric Handel


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The second highest of Handel's 7 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has been in the top 100 every year apart from in 2008 when it slipped to 279.

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?