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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries IV: Sacred Music by Jan Dismas Zelenka (2002)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries IV: Sacred Music by Jan Dismas Zelenka (2002)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries IV: Sacred Music by Jan Dismas Zelenka (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 73:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67350 | Recorded: 2002

Czech-born Jan Dismas Zelenka was by all accounts one of Baroque music’s trickier customers—fervently religious but completely lacking in courtly graces. Combine this with a tendency to throw out the rulebook when it came to harmonic convention and it’s hardly surprising that he was underappreciated in his lifetime. Yet here is some of the most pungently exciting writing of the Baroque, as individual as that of his near-contemporary, Johann Sebastian Bach. The very opening of Zelenka’s Litaniae sets out his stall and Robert King and his eponymous Consort make the most of its startling qualities. But he is a composer to tug at the heartstrings too, nowhere more so than in the Salve regina, ravishingly sung by a young Carolyn Sampson.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries III: Sacred Music by Johann Schelle (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 372 Mb | Total time: 78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67260 | Recorded: 2000

Continuing the series 'Bach's Contemporaries', this volume concentrates on the wonderful music of Johann Schelle — a cousin of Kuhnau (another composer featured in this series). This immensely striking sacred music by Schelle (one of Bach's predecessors in the post of Kantor in Leipzig's famous Thomas Church) brings together a top-flight group of soloists and a large and colourful assembly of instrumentalists, and presents remarkable and splendidly varied music which not only stands up proudly in its own musical right, but also greatly enhances our understanding of Bach's own sacred writing.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries II: Sacred Music by Sebastian Knüpfer (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 338 Mb | Total time: 79:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67160 | Recorded: 1999

Sebastian Knüpfer is yet another Baroque composer whose reputation and popularity have been overshadowed by J S Bach. Little of Knüpfer's music has previously been transcribed from its many manuscripts, let alone published. However, in his day Knüpfer was a respected and highly sought-after composer; his compositions were admired by his contemporaries and, according to his obituary, he 'composed quotations of the Psalms and other Biblical books with such sweetness and skilfulness that he delighted even the saddest hearts, and his name is spoken with admiration not only in Leipzig but also outside'.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 74:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67059 | Recorded: 1998

Johann Kuhnau was one of life’s polymaths—as well as being a composer he trained as a lawyer, spoke several languages, helped found Leipzig’s opera house, theorized about music and even found time to write a novel sending up the shortcomings of the contemporary music scene. Musically he’s the link between Schütz and Bach, but he was alive to many different stylistic traits as this selection of sacred music demonstrates. From the brilliantly brassy opening of Ihr Himmel jubilirt to the restrained intensity of Tristis est anima mea, it’s music invigorated at every turn by The King’s Consort.

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)

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Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)

Carolyn Sampson, Robert King, The King’s Consort - Abbandonata: Handel Italian Cantatas (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 424 Mb | Total time: 76:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Vivat | VIVAT 117 | Recorded: 2018

Acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson, partnered by Robert King and The King's Consort,with whom she has been associated throughout her professional career, turns her talents to Handel's two most dramatic cantatas, linked by the theme of abandoned women.

Catherine Mackintosh, Robert King, The King's Consort - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (1989)

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Catherine Mackintosh, Robert King, The King's Consort - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (1989)

Catherine Mackintosh, Robert King, The King's Consort - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 58:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion ‎| CDA66339 | Recorded: 1988

It would be hard to find a more pleasing version of The Four Seasons than this one, done in period style with a superb blend of the instruments, making the music spring to life without any striving after effects. Any number of passages illustrate this, but the first movement of Summer with its repeated notes on the solo violin rising through different chords shows the beauty of this unvarnished approach. At a steady tempo, the sheer beauty of the writing emerges, utterly suited to the violin, whose sounds are a source of endless fascination.

Gillian Fisher, James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Italian Duets (1990)

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Gillian Fisher, James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Italian Duets (1990)

Gillian Fisher, James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Italian Duets (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 63:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion ‎| CDA66440 | Recorded: 1990

This is an attractive recording with a style very much suited to the unique repertoire on the program. These are not operatic duets but chamber pieces, to texts of mostly unknown poets, accompanied by a smooth continuo group consisting of cello, archlute, and director Robert King on keyboards. Many of them were written in Italy, early in Handel's career, but he returned to the form during his highly public years in the 1740s. The booklet makes much of the music's similarity to Handel's operatic language, and indeed some of the tunes here will be familiar. Sample the first part of Se tu non lasci amore, track 11, some of which turns up again in "O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?" from Messiah.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel & Telemann: Water Music (1997)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel & Telemann: Water Music (1997)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel & Telemann: Water Music (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 364 Mb | Total time: 69:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66967 | Recorded: 1997

George Philipp Telemann's Wassermusik (commonly known as 'Hamburger Ebb und Fluth' – an oblique reference to the local method of sewage disposal!) was composed for a grand celebration of seafaring life during 1723. The music was noted at the time for being 'uncommonly well-suited to the occasion', and not least for its subject-matter: Telemann guides his audience through a pageant of aquatic folklore and meteorology.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Telemann: Musique de Table (1989)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Telemann: Musique de Table (1989)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Telemann: Musique de Table (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 346 Mb | Total time: 67:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66278 | Recorded: 1987

…The King's Consort under the direction of Robert King perform the Overture-Suites from the Second and Third Productions of Telemann's anthology…I find the new issue delightful, both musically and from a performance standpoint. The players capture the spirit of the Overture-Suite in D major (Second Production) with pleasing tempos, crisp articulation, taut rhythms and fine ensemble. The trumpet has an important role in this Suite and here it is played with finesse by Crispian Steele-Perkins—resonant, authoritative but never overbearing. Oboes are kept busy, too, as indeed is the leader, Roy Goodman who gives a lively account of the several concertante passages for violin. His presence has contributed much to the ultimate success of this project.

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Robert King, The King's Consort - Countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow (1988)

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James Bowman, Michael Chance, Robert King, The King's Consort - Countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow (1988)

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Robert King, The King's Consort - Countertenor duets by Purcell and Blow (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 71:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA 66253 | Recorded: 1987

This recording of duets by the great composers of the Restoration is one of the gems of Hyperion’s catalogue. It features the celebrated countertenors James Bowman and Michael Chance at the peak of their powers, and the combination of their two voices with the sympathetic accompaniment of The King’s Consort creates something uniquely glorious. Purcell was a countertenor himself and in his writing for the voice produced some of his most felicitous music. John Blow, Purcell’s predecessor and successor as organist of Westminster Abbey, reached his compositional zenith with the extended duet (almost a small cantata) on the subjects of Purcell’s tragic early death and inextinguishable influence.

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Mark Caudle, Robert King - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (1991)

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James Bowman, Michael Chance, Mark Caudle, Robert King - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (1991)

James Bowman, Michael Chance, Mark Caudle, Robert King - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 230 Mb | Total time: 63:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66474 | Recorded: 1990

Couperin’s Trois Leçons de Ténèbres are amongst the small amount of the composer’s sacred music that was published during his lifetime. They are intensely personal, depicting the prophet Jeremiah’s bitter anguish in settings that are quite unique. Also included here are Couperin’s joyful motets Laetentur caeli and Venite, exsultemus Domino, and a remarkable Magnificat.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Mr Henry Purcell's Most Admirable Composures (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 57:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Helios | CDH55303 | Recorded: 1988

James Bowman must surely be the finest vocal interpreter of Purcell today. His grasp of sentiment, his sense of timing, and his enunciation, are unsurpassed…

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Handel: Acis and Galatea (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 105:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66361/2 | Recorded: 1989

Though many know it only in a later arrangement for soloists and choruses, Handel wrote this masque for five singers with a small orchestra. Despite the ending (the giant Polyphemus crushes Acis with a rock), the music suggests springtime and young love. There's humor, too: Polyphemus–so big, so dumb, so pleased with himself– is a comic baritone's dream. George doesn't capture all of the role's humor, but he is vocally well-cast. McFadden sometimes pushes her voice into a wobble, but her Galatea is appealing and sweetly sung. Best are Covey-Crump's graceful Damon (the voice of reason) and Ainsley's youthful, high-spirited Acis. (Ainsley also sings the slight but attractive "Look down.") The ensemble numbers are delightful, and Robert King brings the entire thing off splendidly.

Robert King, The King's Consort - The Coronation of King George II (2001)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - The Coronation of King George II (2001)

Robert King, The King's Consort - The Coronation of King George II (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 480 Mb | Total time: 100:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA67286 | Recorded: 2001

"Why present just Handel's Coronation Anthems for King George II when you can present the whole Coronation?" seems to be the proposition that underlies this two-disc set, entitled The Coronation of King George II, 1727. And, thrillingly performed by Robert King directing the King's Consort and the Choir of the King's Consort, there seems no good reason not to, and every good reason to, do just that. King, who has led many stirring recordings of Handel's oratorios in his time, turns in splendid performances of the four Coronation Anthems, along with superb performances of ceremonial choral music by Tallis, Purcell, Gibbons, Blow, Farmer, and Child.

James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)

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James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)

James Bowman, Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach: Cantatas BWV54, BWV169, BWV 170 (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 59:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66326 | Recorded: 1988

'James Bowman is on impressive form and his admirers need not hesitate here' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs) D'excellentes interprétations' (Ecouter, Voir, France) 'After hearing the first three notes of Cantata 170 my expectations of this recording were high. I was not disappointed' (Hi Fi News)