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The Akademie für Alte Musik and the RIAS Kammerchor under Justin Doyle come to the Great Hall with an extremely appropriate program: pomp, splendor and glory were in demand when rulers of past centuries ascended the British throne.

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin © Uwe Arens

George II, for example, for whom Handel wrote his effective "Coronation Anthems" in 1727. Purcell also composed music for such ceremonies, which was intended to put all classes in an elevated mood. Handel's "Occasional Oratorio" was written for a less cheerful occasion - it was intended to uplift London's population after the bloody Jacobite uprising.

  • George Frideric Handel - Overture to the "Occasional Oratorio" HWV 62
  • Orlando Gibbons - "O Clap Your Hands" - Full Anthem for eight-part choir a cappella
  • Henry Purcell - "I was glad" - Full Anthem for five-part choir a cappella
  • John Blow - Chaconne in G
  • William Croft - "The Lord is a Sun and a Shield" - Verse Anthem
  • Intermission
  • George Frideric Handel - "Laudate pueri Dominum" for soprano solo, choir and orchestra HWV 237
  • George Frideric Handel - Four "Coronation Anthems" HWV 258-261
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Participating artists
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
RIAS Kammerchor
Justin Doyle (Dirigent)
Konzerthaus Berlin - Großer Saal