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The birthday ode – composed in 1713, a year after Handel’s arrival in England – is one of his most sublime creations: it might even make you cry.

If you don’t know it, try this new version featuring countertenor Alex Potter and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge.

Like the rest of the CD, comprising the four coronation anthems (“Zadok the Priest”, “My heart is inditing” etc) and the Concerto Grosso Op 3 No 2, it is testimony to the quality of the EUBO and its Danish director: Mortensen’s command of the idiom is second to none.

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Coronation Anthems, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne

European Union Baroque Orchestra/Lars Ulrik Mortensen

(Obsidian)

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