Washington Bach Consort: Coronation Anthems

National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC

You’ll feel like royalty when the Consort’s vocalists and instrumentalists serenade you with exquisite music composed for Kings and Queens. 1727 was a banner year for such outpourings. Bach’s now rarely performed Trauerode (BWV 198) was first heard at a memorial service for the Electress of Saxony and nominal Queen of Poland, Christiane Eberhardine. Further afield in England, George Frideric Handel composed a set of enthralling anthems for the coronation of King George II, introduced by his celebrated work loved by today’s audiences, “Zadok the Priest.”

Johann Sebastian Bach Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus Tragicus), BWV 106 Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl (Trauerode), BWV 198

George Frideric Handel Coronation Anthems, HWV 258-261 Zadok the priest Let thy hand be strengthened The King shall rejoice My heart is inditing