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Georg Friederich Händel

Trinity College Choir Cambridge / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Chandos Anthems Nr. 5a, 6a & 8

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  • Type CD
  • Label Hyperion
  • UPC 0034571179261
  • Catalog number CDA 67926
  • Release date 01 September 2013

About the album

James Brydges—from October 1714 Earl of Carnarvon and from April 1719 First Duke of Chandos—made a fortune while serving as Paymaster General to Queen Anne’s forces abroad during the War of Spanish Succession (1703–13). He then turned his attention to rebuilding his country home of Cannons, located at Edgware, northwest of London, as a modern Palladian mansion. Brydges supported a small musical establishment and Handel was apparently engaged as a composer/performer in residence. He is first documented at Cannons on 4 August 1717 and probably remained there more-or-less continuously until the end of 1718.

For Brydges Handel composed the ‘Pastoral’ Acis and Galatea, HWV49a, the ‘Oratorium’ Esther, HWV50a, eleven instrumentally accompanied anthems and a setting of the Te Deum—the so-called ‘Chandos’ or ‘Cannons’ Anthems and Te Deum. The first eight anthems were written in pairs, each containing one celebratory and one penitential work. Four were completed by 25 September 1717 with another two in the works and the final two presumably not far behind. All were written for an ensemble of single or doubled strings without violas, single oboe and bassoon, and organ. The singers consisted of two or three men with a couple of boys on the treble line. The anthems were performed during services at the Parish church of St Lawrence, Little Stanmore, which Brydges had rebuilt in the Italian Baroque style.

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