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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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)

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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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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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VIVAT121

Purcell: Royal Odes

Carolyn Sampson soprano
Emily Owen soprano
Iestyn Davies countertenor
Hugh Cutting countertenor
Charles Daniels tenor
David de Winter tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Edward Grint bass
The King’s Consort
Robert King conductor

2021 Gramophone Awards Finalist

“It’s hard to imagine these performances bettered … King has assembled another crack team of singers … The band is, if anything, even better … achingly excellent playing – the opening Symphonies alone would be worth the price of the disc. I only hope King continues again through the whole set”
Editor’s Choice (Gramophone) 

“Perfectly focussed … a fine roster of singers, excellent recording”
(BBC Radio 3, Record Review)

“The ten voices … clearly revel in the sumptuous harmonies … a well-chosen and superbly crafted selection  … a lavish booklet provides an added incentive to explore this excellent release”
(Opera Today)

“A ‘dream team’ … complemented by exquisitely nuanced string playing … demands to be heard by all”
(Early Music Review)

“Fantástica versión”
Melómano de oro [Gold award] (Melómano Magazine, Spain)

“One of the crowning achievements of lockdown music”
(Classical Explorer)

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VIVAT122

Purcell: Birthday Odes for Queen Mary

Carolyn Sampson soprano
Emily Owen soprano
Iestyn Davies countertenor
Hugh Cutting countertenor
Charles Daniels tenor
David de Winter tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Edward Grint bass
The King’s Consort
Robert King conductor

“Stylish, affectionate performances … the instrumental colours are beautifully shaded … the singing is exemplary across the board … Bring on the next volume!”
(Gramophone)

“Full of joy and vivacity … the sheer exuberance of Purcell’s writing is infectious”
(Classical Explorer)

“The casting is opulent … it feels unfair to single out any singer in particular; they’re all excellent … These are hugely entertaining and uplifting pieces. Instrumental accompaniments from The King’s Consort are lively and colourful”
(The Arts Desk)

“Carolyn Sampson creates pearls from Purcell’s ornate contours … peerless musicianship from Iestyn Davies and Hugh Cutting … Edward Grint is marvellously heroic … exquisite playing”
(Opera Today)

“Performed in vividly engaging and stylish fashion”
(Planet Hugill)

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