Iain Ledingham director
Handel My heart is inditing, HWV 261Let thy hand be strengthened, HWV 259 JS Bach Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215 Handel Zadok the Priest, HWV 258
This concert juxtaposes ceremonial music written for Saxon kings by Bach and Handel, who both used splendid vocal and orchestral forces to demonstrate the prestige and power of the monarchy. Bach’s Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen was written in 1734 to celebrate the crowning of King Augustus III of Poland, who was also Elector of Saxony. Handel’s coronation anthems for King George II were performed at the ceremony in October 1727 and, despite being mainly dramatic in style, include moments of gentler, more reflective music, particularly evident in the middle section of Let thy hand be strengthened.
Performed on modern instruments.