VIVAT: an exciting, new, artist driven, independent label.
Recordings of exceptional artistic merit and outstanding technical quality.

VIVAT117

Abbandonata – Handel Italian Cantatas

Carolyn Sampson soprano
The King’s Consort
Robert King

“Enthusiastically recommended to Sampson’s many admirers and Handel lovers alike”
(Gramophone)

“This entrancing disc – Robert King’s consort is a British treasure”
(Otago Daily Times)

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video

VIVAT116

Decades: A Century of Song – Volume 3 (1830-1840)

Soraya Mafi soprano
Lorna Anderson soprano
Angelika Kirchschlager mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley tenor
Alexey Gusev baritone
Malcolm Martineau piano

“First-rate … make you want to hear these songs, many of them rarities, as a matter of urgency”
Editor’s Choice
(Gramophone)

Buy Now / More Information

VIVAT115

Fantasy – Alissa Firsova

Tippett Quartet
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Tim Hugh cello
Ellie Laugharne soprano
Nicholas Crawley bass
Simon Mulligan piano
Alissa Firsova piano

“Writing in the white heat of total inspiration”
Editor’s Choice
(Gramophone)

“This powerful and beautifully-performed disc … Firsova’s vivid and arresting musical imagination”
(BBC Music Magazine)

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video

VIVAT114

Decades: A Century of Song – Volume 2 (1820-1830)

John Mark Ainsley tenor
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Christopher Maltman baritone
Anush Hovhannisyan soprano
Robin Tritschler tenor
Luis Gomes tenor
Malcolm Martineau piano

“Beguiling and deliciously nuanced”
(The Scotsman)

“Thrillingly caught by the flame-toned Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan … Sarah Connolly’s deliriously impassioned singing”
(Gramophone)

“Malcolm Martineau is superb, technically immaculate and consistently imaginative”
(BBC Music Magazine)

“A perceptively assembled and uncommonly interesting survey of art songs”
(MusicWeb International)

Buy Now / More Information

VIVAT113

A Voice from Heaven – British Choral Masterpieces

Choir of The King’s Consort
Robert King conductor

“This could well be the finest choral disc of this year”
(The Classical Reviewer)

“Recording of the Month”
(MusicWeb International)

“Rich, lushly romantic”
(The Observer)

“Impossible not to add to the praise that has greeted this beautifully performed collection”
(The Sunday Times)

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video

VIVAT112

Decades: A Century of Song – Volume 1 (1810-1820)

Michael Schade tenor
Sylvia Schwartz soprano
Lorna Anderson soprano
Ann Murray mezzo-soprano
Florian Boesch baritone
Malcolm Martineau piano

“Tenor Michael Schade is outstanding”
(The Financial Times)

“All the performances are exemplary”
(Planet Hugill)

“An impressive start to what looks likely to be an exciting series”
(The Classical Reviewer)

Buy Now / More Information

VIVAT111

Handel, arr. Mendelssohn: Israel in Ägypten

Lydia Teuscher soprano
Julia Doyle soprano
Hilary Summers alto
Benjamin Hulett tenor
Roderick Williams bass
Choir of The King’s Consort
The King’s Consort
Robert King conductor

“Handel’s mighty series of choral frescoes emerge in all their brilliance and incisiveness … terrific verve and clarity of texture … uniformly fine soloists … a lavishly produced booklet”
(Gramophone – Editor’s Choice)

“This one’s a winner!”
(Record Review, BBC Radio 3)

“Masterly depictions of frogs, plagues and other natural disasters”
(The Observer)

“Worth having just for Mendelssohn’s blazing, new overture”
(The Financial Times)

“This performance is a real joy”
(The Classical Reviewer)

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video

VIVAT110

Purcell: Twelve Sonatas of Three Parts

The King’s Consort
Cecilia Bernardini violin
Huw Daniel violin
Reiko Ichise bass viol
Lynda Sayce theorbo
Robert King organ & harpsichord

“CD of the week”
(BBC Radio 3, CD Review)

“Surely the finest in the catalogue”
(The Classical Reviewer)

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video

VIVAT109

Russian Émigrés

Alissa Firsova piano

“An extraordinary disc … possesses the musical power to break hearts” 
(The Herald)

“A furtive, playful charm quite unexpected in Rachmaninov” 
(The Independent)

“Plays with élan and reveals the poetic side of the pieces” 
(Financial Times)

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video

VIVAT108

Bach in Montecassino

Luca Guglielmi organ

“Ringingly confident”
(The Observer)

“Terrific playing … a first-rate Bach recital”
(The Classical Reviewer)

Buy Now / More Information

VIVAT107

Bach: The Six Cello Suites

Viola de Hoog cello

“A formidable player … fine sound … elegance and finesse … entirely convincing”
(Gramophone)

“de Hoog is outstanding … first class recording … among the very best versions ***** ”
(BBC Music Magazine)

“must surely place cellist Viola de Hoog amongst the great performers of Bach’s Cello Suites”
(The Classical Reviewer)

“thoughtful, imaginative, powerful”
(Music and Vision)

“tempos are invariably well chosen”
(International Record Review)

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video

VIVAT106

Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts

The King’s Consort
Cecillia Bernardini violin
Huw Daniel violin
Susanne Heinrich bass viol
Lynda Sayce theorbo
Robert King organ & harpsichord

“Superbly played” *****
(The Daily Telegraph)

“Exquisitely performed”
(The Independent)

“dazzle with glittering virtuosity … and ooze pathos in the agonised dissonances”
(International Record Review)

“There are delights at every turn in these beautifully performed sonatas”
(The Classical Reviewer)

“Superbly played … the time listening flashes by. Highly recommended”
(Planet Hugill)

Buy Now / More Information

VIVAT105

Your tuneful voice: Handel Oratorio Arias

Iestyn Davies countertenor
Carolyn Sampson soprano
The King’s Consort
Robert King conductor

“This new release is outstanding in every way”
(The Classical Reviewer)

“A lovely selection of arias, well sequenced, effortlessly encompassed”
(CD Review, BBC Radio 3)

“A countertenor voice in its prime”
(The Daily Telegraph)

“A grace and calm entirely appropriate to these Handel arias”
(The Independent)

“Fabulous tone and exquisite craftsmanship”
(Music and Vision)

“Enthusiastically recommended”
(The Sunday Times)

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video

VIVAT104

Monteverdi: Heaven and Earth

Carolyn Sampson, Rebecca Outram, Julie Cooper soprano
Sarah Connolly, Diana Moore mezzosoprano
Charles Daniels, John Bowen, James Gilchrist tenor
Robert Evans, Michael George bass
The King’s Consort
Robert King conductor

“Peerlessly performed and faultlessly recorded”
(The Independent)

“If I were only able to have one disc of works by Monteverdi this would have to be the one.”
(The Classical Reviewer)

Buy Now / More Information

VIVAT103

Beethoven: Quartets, opus 18 (Volume 1)

Allegri String Quartet

“Unforced elegance and cleanness of detail, avoiding heavy gesture in favour of nimble energy”
(The Observer)

“This is an exhilarating disc”
(The Sunday Times)

“You really can’t go far wrong
with this set”

(Classic FM)

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video

VIVAT102

Couperin: Trois Leçons de Ténèbres

Carolyn Sampson soprano
Marianne Beate Kielland mezzo-soprano
Susanne Heinrich bass viol
Lynda Sayce theorbo
Robert King chamber organ

“Sumptuous performances … Sampson’s brightness and Kielland’s riper tones beautifully complement each other”
(The Sunday Times)

“CD of the Week”
(CD Review, BBC Radio 3)

Buy Now / More Information

VIVAT101

I was glad: Sacred Music of Stanford and Parry

Carolyn Sampson soprano
David Wilson-Johnson bass
Choir of The King’s Consort
The King’s Consort
Robert King conductor

“A magnificent sound, really Brahmsian orchestration… This is a simple ‘must have’… What a great way to launch a new label”
(CD Review, BBC Radio 3)

“This CD, full of incandescent, hugely committed music-making, will be an award winner. You simply have to hear it.”
(BBC Music Magazine)

2013 Gramophone Awards Finalist

Buy Now / More Information

Watch video