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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.

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)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 1 - Royal and Ceremonial Odes (1988)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 1 - Royal and Ceremonial Odes (1988)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 1 - Royal and Ceremonial Odes (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 60:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66314 | Recorded: 1988

Arise, my muse dates from 1690, the second of six years in which Purcell was commissioned to write an Ode for the birthday of Queen Mary. That year saw a change in the orchestral scoring of Purcell’s Odes, with the addition of wind and brass instruments (other than the pair of recorders that had featured on various previous occasions) to the established string texture. For this work, with an unusually inspired libretto, Purcell added pairs of oboes, recorders and trumpets, and also a second viola to the string section, making possible sounds of great richness.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 8 - Come ye sons of Art (1992)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 8 - Come ye sons of Art (1992)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 8 - Come ye sons of Art (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 67:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66598 | Recorded: 1992

For his 1694 offering to the Queen, Come ye sons of Art, away, Purcell was on sparkling form, and produced an Ode markedly different to the majority of the twenty-two works which had preceded it. The forces utilized were greater than normal, with an orchestra replacing the more usual single strings, and there was a clearly defined role for the chorus. Recent successes on the stage had led to this more expansive style of composition, and the inspired text (probably by Nahum Tate), full of references to music and musical instruments, was one which gave Purcell’s fertile imagination plenty of source material.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 7 - Yorkshire Feast Song (1992)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 7 - Yorkshire Feast Song (1992)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 7 - Yorkshire Feast Song (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 66:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66587 | Recorded: 1991

With William and Mary duly crowned there was more topical material available than usual, and the Stewards commissioned the best available author and composer to celebrate in ‘a very splendid Entertainment of all sorts of Vocal and Instrumental Musick’. Thomas D’Urfey included the libretto in his Pills to Purge Melancholy, describing it as ‘An Ode on the Assembly of the Nobility and Gentry of the City and County of York, at the Anniversary Feast, March the 27th, 1690. Set to Musick by Mr. Henry Purcell. One of the finest Compositions he ever made, and cost £100 the performing’. Of old, when heroes thought it base was ostensibly a history of York from Roman times onwards, but it also contained allegories of the Glorious Revolution. Despite D’Urfey’s sometimes contrived text, Purcell responds with music of high quality.

Paul Goodwin, Robert King, The King's Consort - Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (2010)

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Paul Goodwin, Robert King, The King's Consort - Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (2010)

Paul Goodwin, Robert King, The King's Consort - Albinoni, Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Track (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 69:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Helios | CDH 55349 | Recorded: 1990

Of the program’s seven concertos, only two—one by each composer—are conventional solo concertos. Albinoni, who is credited with inventing the genre, actually wrote as many double concertos as solo concertos; two of them are included on the disc, along with a concerto grosso scored for an unlikely combination of five winds and continuo. Vivaldi, who refined Albinoni’s concept, is represented by a brace of concertos for pairs of oboes and clarinets. Therein lies the fun of this marvelous and unexpected release.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 6 - Love's goddess sure (1992)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 6 - Love's goddess sure (1992)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Purcell: Odes & Welcome Songs, Vol. 6 - Love's goddess sure (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 68:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66494 | Recorded: 1991

Purcell’s fourth birthday Ode for the Queen, Love’s goddess sure was blind, was the most intimate of the six, scored for just strings and a pair of recorders. The two-section Symphony is one of Purcell’s finest, especially richly scored. The noble, yet wistful, first part is dominated by a six-note falling scale and a ravishing melody (which comes only once in the violins, but three times in the viola), all wrapped in glorious harmony. The triple-time second section at first glance appears lighter in character, but (as with so much of Purcell’s music, which needs to be played to discover its true riches) in practice still has an underlying current of melancholy, heightened at the end as the opening mood returns.