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Ode pour l'anniversaire de la Reine Anne - Te Deum en ré majeur - Anthem pour le Mariage du Prince Frederick et de la Princesse Augusta de Saxe-Cobourg / Chœur de New College - The King's Consort - Dir. Robert King

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Birthday Ode For Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine, Alto Solo
  2. Birthday Ode For Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine, Alto Solo: Chorus
  3. Birthday Ode For Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine, Soprano Solo: Chorus
  4. Birthday Ode For Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine, Alto Solo: Chorus
  5. Birthday Ode For Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine, Alto & Bass Duet: Chorus
  6. Birthday Ode For Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine, Soprano & Alto Duet
  7. Birthday Ode For Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine, Soprano & Alto Duet : Chorus
  8. Birthday Ode For Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine: Eternal Source Of Light Divine, Bass Solo: Chorus
  9. Birthday Ode For Queen Anne: Eternal Source Of Light Divine, Alto Solo: Chorus
  10. Te Deum In D Major ('Queen Caroline'): Te Deum In D Major, Alto, Tenor & Bass Solos And Chorus
  11. Te Deum In D Major ('Queen Caroline'): Te Deum In D Major, Tenor Solo: Chorus: Bass Solo
  12. Te Deum In D Major ('Queen Caroline'): Te Deum In D Major, Alto Solo And Chorus
  13. Te Deum In D Major ('Queen Caroline'): Te Deum In D Major, Chorus
  14. Te Deum In D Major ('Queen Caroline'): Te Deum iI D Major, Alto Solo
  15. Te Deum In D Major ('Queen Caroline'): Te Deum In D Major, Chorus
  16. Anthem For The Wedding Of Prince Frederick And Princess Augusta Of Saxe-Coburg: 'Sing Unto God': Sing Unto God, Alto Solo And Chorus
  17. Anthem For The Wedding Of Prince Frederick And Princess Augusta Of Saxe-Coburg: 'Sing Unto God': Sing Unto God, Soprano Solo
  18. Anthem For The Wedding Of Prince Frederick And Princess Augusta Of Saxe-Coburg: 'Sing Unto God': Sing Unto God, Bass Solo
  19. Anthem For The Wedding Of Prince Frederick And Princess Augusta Of Saxe-Coburg: 'Sing Unto God': Sing Unto God, Chorus
  20. Anthem For The Wedding Of Prince Frederick And Princess Augusta Of Saxe-Coburg: 'Sing Unto God': Sing Unto God, Tenor Solo
  21. Anthem For The Wedding Of Prince Frederick And Princess Augusta Of Saxe-Coburg: 'Sing Unto God': Sing Unto God, Tenor Solo And Chorus


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZL8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have immense feelings of joy when ever I listen to this CD. Some of the music on it was previously unknown to me before I had purchased the CD, but it is has now come to be a definite favourite.

As the title suggests, this is a collection of rather grand music, Handel at his most ceremonial. It is the style with which he became most associated in the years after his death, where an image of grandiose surrounded him, greatly sustained by the almost biblical status the Victorian age gave him. While it has some consensus now that this image probably wasn't helpful to Handel in the long run, it is still good to hear a rousing Handel anthem now and again.

King is at his best in these marvellous interpretations. He breathes new life into almost anything he conducts. Certainly this should be no exception. Of particular note, is the anthem 'Sing unto God'. After an admirable introduction on the violins, a lone counter-tenor sings but four introspectively powerful notes, before the full and breath-taking entry of the choir and orchestra combined, in massive block chords. It is a marvellous demonstration of Handelian ingenuity, in a deceptive appearance of simplicity. The entire anthem is incredible, and one can only imagine with what wonder the first audiences listened to it.

It's a shame also that the 'Anthem for the birthday of Queen Anne' isn't more well known. Handel's treatment is expansive, and the choral refrains are remarkably varied, the first being my personal favourite, with it's imposing entry, and highly skilled counterpoint.

I warmly and whole-heartedly recommend this CD to all, in what is a stunning example of excellence, and a triumph for Robert King.
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Queen Anne, Queen Caroline, King George I, Prince Frederick and Princess Augusta may not have been terribly musical themselves but Queen Anne, presumably on advice, appointed the young German Mr Handel to the lucrative post of Master of the Queen's Musick. She did not last long from then to her death and burial in a square coffin (the poor lady suffered from dropsy), but Mr Handel's luck was in again, because the new monarch was none other than his recent patron the Elector of Hanover, now assuming the vacant position of King of England and the title of George I.

This an excellent issue, not least because the three royal works that it contains are not very well known nowadays. The Birthday Ode for Queen Anne surely must have impressed even that unmusical monarch with its spectacular opening number - Eternal Source, a slow and languorous duet between singer and trumpet. To find out a little more about this composition and its two companions, let me refer you to the other King making a thoroughly welcome appearance here, the director and eminent specialist in baroque music Robert King. Robert King's essay is of a kind that collectors of his Handel oratorios will be familiar with - knowledgeable, enthusiastic, informative without overloading the detail, and pleasantly written. Full texts are provided, albeit in small print, and the text of the Queen Caroline Te Deum, which is the shortest work of the three, is unabridged, the same text as Handel sets in the mighty Dettingen Te Deum lasting three quarters of an hour.

The most majestic work of the three is the anthem for the wedding of Prince Frederick and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Coburg.
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Beautiful work by the King's Consort and the Oxford choir, of some fairly hard-to-find and worthwhile works by Handel: Ode to Queen Anne's Birthday, Te Deum, Sing Unto God. I prefer a little more up-tempo on the first Ode aria, Eternal Source of Light Divine, but that's a personal quibble and I highly recommend this album to anyone interested in baroque in general, baroque vocal works, and Handel in particular.
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A favourable review of a King's Consort recording of Handel won't surprise anyone, and (by no means for the first time) I completely agree with David Bryson's excellent review on this page. This is a very fine disc of early works by Handel, whose music was already showing that mastery of melody, harmonic invention and brilliant use of instrumentation which makes him a truly great composer. There is some truly excellent stuff here, from the wonderfully beautiful soprano and trumpet duet which opens Eternal Source of Light Divine to the mighty closing choral "Alleluia, amen" of Sing Unto God. It's a lovely programme.

The performances are excellent. You would expect this from the array of star soloists and they don't disappoint, but The King's Consort is also littered with names like Catherine Mackintosh, Mark Caudle, Crispian Steele-Perkins, James O'Donnell and other giants of the early music scene who make this something really special. It is all beautifully judged and superbly performed. I'm sorry to gush, but I really do think this is exemplary Handel playing and singing.

With Hyperion's usual excellent recorded sound and good, interesting notes, this is a cracking disc all round and very warmly recommended.
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