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King, Dame Thea (clarinet)
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Dame Thea King (clarinet)

The doyenne of English clarinettists, Dame Thea King was a greatly loved and respected artist who enjoyed a varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She appeared at all the major festivals in Britain, and also in Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Brazil and the USA, frequently as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra for whom she played principal clarinet.

Her solo recordings feature nineteenth-century repertoire and British music of this century (many were première recordings), including a recent issue of Britten's posthumously published Concerto Movement, together with concertos by Malcolm Arnold and Elizabeth Maconchy. Her versions of Mozart and Brahms have often been the preferred choice of critics in both broadcast and magazine reviews.

Thea King also played the solo repertoire for basset clarinet and basset horn, and recorded all three parts in Mendelssohn's Konzertstück, Op 114, for clarinet, basset-horn and piano for the BBC's 'Double Exposure' series.

She was a professor at the Guildhall School of Music, and was created a Dame of the British Empire in 2001, having earlier been awarded the OBE in 1985.

Dame Thea King died on 26 June 2007.

Albums

Arnold, Britten & Maconchy: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55060Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Blake, Lutosławski & Seiber: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66215Archive Service
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet & Clarinet Trio
CDA66107
Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas
CDH55158Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service; also available on CDS44331/42
Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music
CDS44331/4212CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Britten, Maconchy & Arnold: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55060Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Clarinet Quintets
CDH55105Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Cooke, Rawsthorne & Jacob: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66031Archive Service
Crusell & Weber: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66088Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55203Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Crusell: Clarinet Quartets
CDH55031Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
English Music for Clarinet
CDD220272CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Finzi & Stanford: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55101Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Fuchs, Stanford & Romberg: Clarinet Quintets
CDH55076Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Jacob & Somervell: Clarinet Quintets
CDH55110Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Jacob, Cooke & Rawsthorne: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66031Archive Service
Lutosławski, Seiber & Blake: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66215Archive Service
Maconchy, Arnold & Britten: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55060Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Rawsthorne, Jacob & Cooke: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66031Archive Service
Romberg, Fuchs & Stanford: Clarinet Quintets
CDH55076Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger
CDJ33009Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Seiber, Blake & Lutosławski: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66215Archive Service
Simpson: String Quartet No 13 & String Quintet No 2
CDA66905Archive Service
Somervell & Jacob: Clarinet Quintets
CDH55110Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Stanford & Finzi: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55101Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Stanford, Romberg & Fuchs: Clarinet Quintets
CDH55076Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Süssmayr: Concerto movement; Tausch: Double Clarinet Concertos
CDH55188Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
The Clarinet in Concert
CDD220172CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Villa-Lobos: Music for flute
CDH55057Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Weber & Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66088Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition
HYP200Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006)
Clarinet Concerto No 1, Op 20with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 2, Op 115with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Scherzetto for clarinet and orchestrawith English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
HOWARD BLAKE (b1938)
Clarinet Concertowith English Chamber Orchestra, Howard Blake (conductor)
SIR ARTHUR BLISS (1891-1975)
Pastoralwith Clifford Benson (piano)
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115with Gabrieli String Quartet
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115with Gabrieli String Quartet
Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 120 No 2with Clifford Benson (piano)
Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120 No 1with Clifford Benson (piano)
Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, Op 114with Karine Georgian (cello), Clifford Benson (piano)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)
Movement for clarinet and orchestrawith English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
MAX BRUCH (1838-1920)
Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra in E minor, Op 88with Nobuko Imai (viola), London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
ARNOLD COOKE (1906-2005)
Clarinet Quintetwith The Britten String Quartet
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestrawith Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Alun Francis (conductor)
Sonata for clarinet and piano in B flat majorwith Clifford Benson (piano)
BERNHARD HENRIK CRUSELL (1775-1838)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 1with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor 'Grand Concerto', Op 5with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 3 in B flat major, Op 11with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Clarinet Quartet No 1 in E flat major, Op 2with The Allegri String Quartet
Clarinet Quartet No 2 in C minor, Op 4with The Allegri String Quartet
Clarinet Quartet No 3 in D major, Op 7with The Allegri String Quartet
Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Air, Op 12with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
HOWARD FERGUSON (1908-1999)
Four Short Pieces, Op 6with Clifford Benson (piano)
GERALD FINZI (1901-1956)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, Op 31with Philharmonia Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Five Bagatelles, Op 23with Clifford Benson (piano)
BENJAMIN FRANKEL (1906-1973)
Clarinet Quintet, Op 28with The Britten String Quartet
ROBERT FUCHS (1847-1927)
Clarinet Quintet in E flat major, Op 102with The Britten String Quartet
GUSTAV ADOLF HEINZE (1820-1904)
Konzertstück in F majorwith English Chamber Orchestra, James Judd (conductor)
JOSEPH HOLBROOKE (1878-1958)
Eilean Shonawith The Britten String Quartet
HERBERT HOWELLS (1892-1983)
Rhapsodic Quintet, Op 31with The Britten String Quartet
Sonata for clarinet and pianowith Clifford Benson (piano)
WILLIAM HURLSTONE (1876-1906)
Four Characteristic Pieceswith Clifford Benson (piano)
GORDON JACOB (1895-1984)
Clarinet Quintet in G minorwith The Aeolian Quartet
Mini-concerto for clarinet and string orchestrawith Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Alun Francis (conductor)
WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI (1913-1994)
Dance preludeswith English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
ELIZABETH MACONCHY (1907-1994)
Clarinet Quintetwith The Britten String Quartet
Concertino No 1with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Concertino No 2with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in D minor, Op 114with Georgina Dobrée (basset horn), London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in F minor, Op 113with Georgina Dobrée (basset horn), London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
ALAN RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestrawith Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Alun Francis (conductor)
FRANZ REIZENSTEIN (1911-1968)
Arabesques, Op 47with Clifford Benson (piano)
JULIUS RIETZ (1812-1877)
Clarinet Concerto in G minor, Op 29with English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
ANDREAS ROMBERG (1767-1821)
Clarinet Quintet in E flat major, Op 57with The Britten String Quartet
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965with Arleen Auger (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Ich schleiche bang und still herum, D787 No 2with Arleen Auger (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
MÁTYÁS SEIBER (1905-1960)
Concertino for clarinet and string orchestrawith English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
ROBERT SIMPSON (1921-1997)
Quintet for clarinet and stringswith Delmé Quartet
ÉTIENNE SOLÈRE (1753-1817)
Sinfonie Concertante for two clarinets in F majorwith Georgina Dobrée (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
SIR ARTHUR SOMERVELL (1863-1937)
Clarinet Quintet in G majorwith The Aeolian Quartet
LOUIS SPOHR (1784-1859)
Variations in B flat major, WoO15with English Chamber Orchestra, James Judd (conductor)
SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD (1852-1924)
Clarinet Concerto in A minor, Op 80with Philharmonia Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Fantasy for clarinet and string quartet No 1 in G minorwith The Britten String Quartet
Fantasy for clarinet and string quartet No 2 in F majorwith The Britten String Quartet
Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op 129with Clifford Benson (piano)
FRANZ WILHELM TAUSCH (1762-1817)
Concerto for two clarinets No 1 in B flat major, Op 27with Nicholas Bucknall (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Leopold Hager (conductor)
Concerto for two clarinets No 2 in B flat major, Op 26with Nicholas Bucknall (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Leopold Hager (conductor)
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959)
Chôros No 2with William Bennett (flute)
Quinteto em forma de chôroswith William Bennett (flute), Neil Black (oboe), Janice Knight (cor anglais), Robin O'Neill (bassoon)
Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoonwith Neil Black (oboe), Robin O'Neill (bassoon)
CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786-1826)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Arabesques, Op 47 (Reizenstein)
Chôros No 2 (Villa-Lobos)
Clarinet Concerto (Blake)
Clarinet Concerto in A minor, Op 80 (Stanford)
Clarinet Concerto in G minor, Op 29 (Rietz)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 1 (Crusell)
Clarinet Concerto No 1, Op 20 (Arnold)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74 (Weber)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor 'Grand Concerto', Op 5 (Crusell)
Clarinet Concerto No 2, Op 115 (Arnold)
Clarinet Concerto No 3 in B flat major, Op 11 (Crusell)
Clarinet Quartet No 1 in E flat major, Op 2 (Crusell)
Clarinet Quartet No 2 in C minor, Op 4 (Crusell)
Clarinet Quartet No 3 in D major, Op 7 (Crusell)
Clarinet Quintet (Cooke)
Clarinet Quintet (Maconchy)
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115 (Brahms)
Clarinet Quintet in E flat major, Op 102 (Fuchs)
Clarinet Quintet in E flat major, Op 57 (Romberg)
Clarinet Quintet in G major (Somervell)
Clarinet Quintet in G minor (Jacob)
Clarinet Quintet, Op 28 (Frankel)
Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 120 No 2 (Brahms)
Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120 No 1 (Brahms)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in D minor, Op 114 (Mendelssohn)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in F minor, Op 113 (Mendelssohn)
Concertino for clarinet and string orchestra (Seiber)
Concertino No 1 (Maconchy)
Concertino No 2 (Maconchy)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (Cooke)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (Rawsthorne)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, Op 31 (Finzi)
Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra in E minor, Op 88 (Bruch)
Concerto for two clarinets No 1 in B flat major, Op 27 (Tausch)
Concerto for two clarinets No 2 in B flat major, Op 26 (Tausch)
Dance preludes (Lutosławski)
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965 (Schubert)
Eilean Shona (Holbrooke)
Fantasy for clarinet and string quartet No 1 in G minor (Stanford)
Fantasy for clarinet and string quartet No 2 in F major (Stanford)
Five Bagatelles, Op 23 (Finzi)
Four Characteristic Pieces (Hurlstone)
Four Short Pieces, Op 6 (Ferguson)
Ich schleiche bang und still herum, D787 No 2 (Schubert/Spiegl)
Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Air, Op 12 (Crusell)
Konzertstück in F major (Heinze)
Mini-concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (Jacob)
Movement for clarinet and orchestra (Britten/Matthews)
Pastoral (Bliss)
Quintet for clarinet and strings (Simpson)
Quinteto em forma de chôros (Villa-Lobos)
Rhapsodic Quintet, Op 31 (Howells)
Scherzetto for clarinet and orchestra (Arnold/Palmer)
Sinfonie Concertante for two clarinets in F major (Solère)
Sonata for clarinet and piano (Howells)
Sonata for clarinet and piano in B flat major (Cooke)
Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op 129 (Stanford)
Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (Villa-Lobos)
Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, Op 114 (Brahms)
Variations in B flat major, WoO15 (Spohr)
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