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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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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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