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King, Robert (organ)
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Robert King (organ)

see also Robert King (conductor)

see also Robert King (harpsichord)

Robert King is widely acclaimed as one of the leading British conductors of his generation, enjoying for nearly 30 years a dynamic career across the globe in an unusually varied range of repertoire from Rameau to Rossini, Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams, Bach to Beethoven, Handel to Howells, Fasch to Finzi, Purcell to Pärt, Gluck to Gubaidulina, Schütz to Saint-Saëns, Mozart to Mendelssohn and more besides.

Born in 1960 he was a chorister with the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge, where his solo performances included a best-selling recording of Duruflé Requiem. Whilst at Cambridge University in 1980 he founded the period instrument orchestra and choir The King's Consort, with whom he has toured almost every European country, North and South America and the Far East. He has made 95 recordings which have sold in excess of one million CDs and won many international awards. He made his BBC Proms conducting début in 1991 and has since been invited a further seven times.

Robert King's busy international conducting schedule has seen performances in the USA with the New World, Seattle, Baltimore, Houston, Oregon, Detroit, Atlanta, National, Minnesota and Pacific Symphony Orchestras, in Canada with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy, in Scandinavia with the Bergen Philharmonic, the Danish National Radio, Stavanger, Malmö, Trondheim, Sondjelands, Norrköping, århus, Aalborg and Iceland Symphony Orchestras and the Jönköping Sinfonietta, in Italy with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Verdi Milan, in Germany with the NDR and WDR Symphony Orchestras, the Hamburg Symphony and Munich Radio Orchestra, in Switzerland with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and RTSI Symphony, in France with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, in Holland with the Nederlands Kamerorkest, in Spain with the Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona, Orquesta Pablo Sarasate, Orquesta e Coro Ciudad de Madrid, Real Filharmonia de Galicia and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, and in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. King is also a noted choral conductor who has worked with the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Orfeón Donostiarra, Swiss Radio Choir, Collegium Vocale Ghent and the BBC Singers. Operatic work has included Handel Ottone in Japan and the UK, Handel Ezio in Paris, Purcell The Indian Queen in the UK and Germany, Purcell The Fairy Queen in Spain and Britain and Gluck Armide for Buxton Festival.

Robert King's repertoire, besides especial acclaim for his interpretation of baroque music, also includes a wide spread of classical and early romantic works, both symphonic and choral, with a particular focus on the music of Mozart, Haydn and Mendelssohn, and a continuing specialisation in early twentieth-century English composers, notably the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

King is widely regarded as a leading expert on the music of Henry Purcell: alongside extensive recording editions of the composer's music he was Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall's Purcell Tercentenary Festival and the author of 'the definitive biography' of the composer. He is a frequent broadcaster for the BBC, writing and presenting diverse programmes. In the world of film music King was a music consultant for Ridley Scott's epic The Kingdom of Heaven and his harpsichord playing can be heard in the hit film Shrek 2; other Hollywood projects include work for The Chronicles of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean, Flushed Away and, assisting award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, The Da Vinci Code.

'Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres' (CDH55455)
Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres
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'Essential Purcell' (KING2)
Essential Purcell
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'Handel: German Arias' (CDA67627)
Handel: German Arias
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'Handel: Italian Duets' (CDA66440)
Handel: Italian Duets
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'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1' (CDA66710)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1
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'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2' (CDA66720)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
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'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3' (CDA66730)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3
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'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
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'The James Bowman Collection' (KING3)
The James Bowman Collection
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'Vivaldi: The Complete Cello Sonatas' (CDD22065)
Vivaldi: The Complete Cello Sonatas
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'The King's Consort Baroque Collection' (KING4)
The King's Consort Baroque Collection
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A chi spera, o luci amate  Movement 4 of Troppo cruda (Handel)
A thousand sev'ral ways I tried, Z359 (Purcell)
Ah! cruel nymph!, Z352 (Purcell)
Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love, Z353 (Purcell)
Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams, Z355 (Purcell)
Amintas, to my grief I see, Z356 (Purcell)
Amintor, heedless of his flocks, Z357 (Purcell)
Ask me to love no more, Z358 (Purcell)
Bacchus is a pow'r divine, Z360 (Purcell)
Beneath a dark and melancholy grove, Z461 (Purcell)
Beware, poor shepherds 'The Caution', Z361 (Purcell)
Cangia i gemiti in baci, e più non brama  Movement 2 of Langue, geme, sospira (Handel)
Cease, anxious world, your fruitless pain, Z362 (Purcell)
Celia's fond, too long I've lov'd her, Z364 (Purcell)
Cello Sonata in A minor, RV43 (Vivaldi)
Cello Sonata in A minor, RV44 (Vivaldi)
Cello Sonata in B flat major, RV45 (Vivaldi)
Cello Sonata in B flat major, RV46 (Vivaldi)
Cello Sonata in B flat major, RV47 (Vivaldi)
Cello Sonata in E flat major, RV39 (Vivaldi)
Cello Sonata in E minor, RV40 (Vivaldi)
Cello Sonata in F major, RV41 (Vivaldi)
Cello Sonata in G minor, RV42 (Vivaldi)
Conservate, raddoppiate (Handel)
Corinna is divinely fair, Z365 (Purcell)
Crudeltà nè lontananza  Movement 2 of Sono liete, fortunate (Handel)
Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z367 (Purcell)
Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen, HWV203 (Handel)
Deuxième Leçon  No 2 of Trois Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)
Draw near, you lovers, Z462 (Purcell)
Dunque annoda pur, ben mio  Movement 3 of Tanti strali al sen mi scocchi (Handel)
Farewell, all joys, Z368 (Purcell)
Farewell, ye rocks, ye seas and sands, Z463 (Purcell)
Fly swift, ye hours, Z369 (Purcell)
From silent shades 'Bess of Bedlam', Z370 (Purcell)
Gentle shepherds, you that know 'Pastoral Elegy on the Death of Mr John Playford', Z464 (Purcell)
He himself courts his own ruin, Z372 (Purcell)
Hears not my Phillis how the birds 'The Knotting Song', Z371 (Purcell)
High on a throne of glitt'ring ore, Z465 (Purcell)
How delightful's the life of an innocent swain, Z373 (Purcell)
How I sigh when I think of the charms of my swain, Z374 (Purcell)
I came, I saw, and was undone 'The Thraldom', Z375 (Purcell)
I love and I must 'Bell Barr', Z382 (Purcell)
I loved fair Celia, Z381 (Purcell)
I resolve against cringing and whining, Z386 (Purcell)
I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388 (Purcell)
If grief has any pow'r to kill, Z378 (Purcell)
If music be the food of love, Z379a (Purcell)
If music be the food of love, Z379b (Purcell)
If music be the food of love, Z379c (Purcell)
If pray'rs and tears, Z380 (Purcell)
In Cloris all soft charms agree, Z384 (Purcell)
In vain we dissemble, Z385 (Purcell)
Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas 'The Queen's Epicedium', Z383 (Purcell)
Incipit lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae  First line to Première Leçon, No 1 of Trois Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)
Infiammate, saettate  Movement 3 of Troppo cruda (Handel)
Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum  No 1, Conclusion of Première leçon of Trois Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)
Jod. Manum suam misit hostis  First line to Troisième Leçon, No 3 of Trois Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)
Künft'ger Zeiten eitler Kummer, HWV202 (Handel)
Laetentur caeli 'Motet de St Barthélémy' (Couperin)
Langue, geme, sospira (Handel)
Let each gallant heart, Z390 (Purcell)
Let formal lovers still pursue, Z391 (Purcell)
Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z466 (Purcell)
Love arms himself in Celia's eyes, Z392 (Purcell)
Love is now become a trade, Z393 (Purcell)
Love, thou can'st hear, tho' thou art blind, Z396 (Purcell)
Lovely Albina's come ashore, Z394 (Purcell)
Love's pow'r in my heart shall find no compliance, Z395 (Purcell)
Ma la speme lusinghiera  Movement 2 of Troppo cruda (Handel)
Ma se l'alma sempre geme  Movement 2 of Tanti strali al sen mi scocchi (Handel)
Magnificat (Couperin)
Musing on cares of human fate, Z467 (Purcell)
My heart, whenever you appear, Z399 (Purcell)
No, to what purpose should I speak?, Z468 (Purcell)
Nodi voi, che gli stringeste  Movement 2 of Conservate, raddoppiate (Handel)
Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400 (Purcell)
O solitude, my sweetest choice!, Z406 (Purcell)
Oh, fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z402 (Purcell)
Olinda in the shades unseen, Z404 (Purcell)
On the brow of Richmond Hill, Z405 (Purcell)
Pastora's beauties when unblown, Z407 (Purcell)
Phillis, I can ne'er forgive it, Z408 (Purcell)
Phillis, talk no more of passion, Z409 (Purcell)
Pious Celinda goes to prayers, Z410 (Purcell)
Première Leçon  No 1 of Trois Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)
Rashly I swore I would disown, Z411 (Purcell)
Sawney is a bonny lad, Z412 (Purcell)
Scarce had the rising sun appear'd, Z469 (Purcell)
See how the fading glories of the year, Z470 (Purcell)
She loves and she confesses too, Z413 (Purcell)
She that would gain a faithful lover, Z414 (Purcell)
She, who my poor heart possesses, Z415 (Purcell)
Since one poor view has drawn my heart, Z416 (Purcell)
Sono liete, fortunate (Handel)
Spite of the godhead, pow'rful love, Z417 (Purcell)
Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle, HWV205 (Handel)
Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken, HWV204 (Handel)
Sylvia, now your scorn give over, Z420 (Purcell)
Sylvia, 'tis true you're fair, Z512 (Purcell)
Tanti strali al sen mi scocchi (Handel)
The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421 (Purcell)
They say you're angry, Z422 (Purcell)
This poet sings the Trojan wars 'Anacreon's Defeat', Z423 (Purcell)
Through mournful shades and solitary groves, Z424 (Purcell)
Trois Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)
Troisième Leçon  No 3 of Trois Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)
Troppo cruda (Handel)
Urge me no more, Z426 (Purcell)
Vau. Et egressus est a filia Sion  First line to Deuxième Leçon, No 2 of Trois Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)
Venite, exsultemus Domino (Couperin)
What a sad fate is mine, Z428a (Purcell)
What hope for us remains now he is gone?, Z472 (Purcell)
When first my shepherdess and I, Z431 (Purcell)
When her languishing eyes said 'Love!', Z432 (Purcell)
When my Aemelia smiles, Z434 (Purcell)
When Strephon found his passion vain, Z435 (Purcell)
While Thirsis, wrapp'd in downy sleep, Z437 (Purcell)
Whilst Cynthia sung, all angry winds lay still, Z438 (Purcell)
Who but a slave can well express, Z440 (Purcell)
Who can behold Florella's charms?, Z441 (Purcell)
Ye happy swains, whose nymphs are kind, Z443 (Purcell)
Young Thirsis' fate, Z473 (Purcell)
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