The coronation anthem “Zadok the Priest” (HWV 258), by George Frideric Handel, performed on original instruments by the NDR Chor and the FestspielOrchester Göttingen, Laurence Cummings, direction. Live, HD video from the Göttingen Handel Festival, June, 2014.
The coronation anthems were composed by Handel for the coronation of King George II in 1727; the text is based on 1 Kings 1:38–40:
Zadok the Priest and Nathan the Prophet anointed Solomon King.
And all the people rejoic’d, and said:
God save the King! Long live the King!
May the King live for ever,
A recording of the coronation anthems and choruses from Handel’s oratorio Esther is available on CD worldwide:
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NDR Chorus Master: Philipp Ahmann
Concertmaster: Elizabeth Blumenstock
HD video & audio: David Tayler & Hanneke van Proosdij