These four splendid anthems were composed for the coronation of George II in October 1727 and have since retained a position at the heart of the English choral tradition. The popular anthem Zadok the priest has been performed at all subsequent coronations, and Handel's other contributions to the royal occasion - Let thy hand be strengthened, The King shall rejoice, and My heart is inditing - have the same majestic grandeur, with affecting contrasts between different sections of the sacred texts. The editor, Clifford Bartlett, has corrected various inconsistencies in Handel's score, and complete details of sources and editorial method, additional performance
notes, and a critical commentary can be viewed in the companion full score available on hire.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)Edited by Clifford Bartlett
Zadok the priest
Let thy hand be strengthened
The King shall rejoice
My heart is inditing