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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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VIVAT118

Elegy – Countertenor duets by Purcell & Blow

Iestyn Davies countertenor
James Hall countertenor
The King’s Consort
Robert King

“Davies and Hall bring a chamber-music intensity to Blow’s sublime elegy on Purcell’s death
(The Observer)

“They duet ravishingly”
(The Sunday Times)

“What music, what musicianship, what performances! This Vivat disc leaves one spellbound and enthralled”
(Classical Music Daily)

“Sheer delight”
(Planet Hugill)

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