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King, Robert (organ)
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Robert King (organ)

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.

Albums

Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres
CDH55455Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Essential Purcell
This album is not yet available for downloadKING2Super-budget price sampler
Handel: German Arias
CDA67627
Handel: Italian Duets
CDA66440Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1
CDA66710Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
CDA66720Last few CD copies remainingDownload currently discounted
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3
CDA66730Last few CD copies remainingDownload currently discounted
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
The James Bowman Collection
This album is not yet available for downloadKING3Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service
Vivaldi: The Complete Cello Sonatas
CDD220652CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
The King's Consort Baroque Collection
KING4Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

FRANÇOIS 'LE GRAND' COUPERIN (1668-1733)
Laetentur caeli 'Motet de St Barthélémy'with Michael Chance (countertenor), James Bowman (countertenor), Mark Caudle (viola da gamba)
Magnificatwith James Bowman (countertenor), Michael Chance (countertenor), Mark Caudle (viola da gamba)
Trois Leçons de Ténèbreswith James Bowman (countertenor), Michael Chance (countertenor)
Venite, exsultemus Dominowith Michael Chance (countertenor), James Bowman (countertenor), Mark Caudle (viola da gamba)
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
Conservate, raddoppiatewith Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen, HWV203with Carolyn Sampson (soprano), The King's Consort
Künft'ger Zeiten eitler Kummer, HWV202with Carolyn Sampson (soprano), The King's Consort
Langue, geme, sospirawith Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Sono liete, fortunatewith Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle, HWV205with Carolyn Sampson (soprano), The King's Consort
Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken, HWV204with Carolyn Sampson (soprano), The King's Consort
Tanti strali al sen mi scocchiwith Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Troppo crudawith Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
A thousand sev'ral ways I tried, Z359with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Ah! cruel nymph!, Z352with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love, Z353with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams, Z355with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Amintas, to my grief I see, Z356with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Amintor, heedless of his flocks, Z357with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Ask me to love no more, Z358with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Bacchus is a pow'r divine, Z360with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Beneath a dark and melancholy grove, Z461with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Beware, poor shepherds 'The Caution', Z361with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Cease, anxious world, your fruitless pain, Z362with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Celia's fond, too long I've lov'd her, Z364with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Corinna is divinely fair, Z365with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z367with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Draw near, you lovers, Z462with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Farewell, all joys, Z368with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Farewell, ye rocks, ye seas and sands, Z463with Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Fly swift, ye hours, Z369with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
From silent shades 'Bess of Bedlam', Z370with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Gentle shepherds, you that know 'Pastoral Elegy on the Death of Mr John Playford', Z464with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
He himself courts his own ruin, Z372with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Hears not my Phillis how the birds 'The Knotting Song', Z371with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
High on a throne of glitt'ring ore, Z465with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
How delightful's the life of an innocent swain, Z373with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
How I sigh when I think of the charms of my swain, Z374with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
I came, I saw, and was undone 'The Thraldom', Z375with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
I love and I must 'Bell Barr', Z382with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
I loved fair Celia, Z381with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
I resolve against cringing and whining, Z386with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
If grief has any pow'r to kill, Z378with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
If music be the food of love, Z379awith Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
If music be the food of love, Z379bwith Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
If music be the food of love, Z379cwith Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
If pray'rs and tears, Z380with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
In Cloris all soft charms agree, Z384with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
In vain we dissemble, Z385with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas 'The Queen's Epicedium', Z383with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Let each gallant heart, Z390with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Let formal lovers still pursue, Z391with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z466with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Love arms himself in Celia's eyes, Z392with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Love is now become a trade, Z393with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Love, thou can'st hear, tho' thou art blind, Z396with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Lovely Albina's come ashore, Z394with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Love's pow'r in my heart shall find no compliance, Z395with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Musing on cares of human fate, Z467with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
My heart, whenever you appear, Z399with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
No, to what purpose should I speak?, Z468with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
O solitude, my sweetest choice!, Z406with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Oh, fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z402with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Olinda in the shades unseen, Z404with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
On the brow of Richmond Hill, Z405with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Pastora's beauties when unblown, Z407with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Phillis, I can ne'er forgive it, Z408with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Phillis, talk no more of passion, Z409with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Pious Celinda goes to prayers, Z410with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Rashly I swore I would disown, Z411with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Sawney is a bonny lad, Z412with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Scarce had the rising sun appear'd, Z469with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
See how the fading glories of the year, Z470with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
She loves and she confesses too, Z413with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
She that would gain a faithful lover, Z414with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
She, who my poor heart possesses, Z415with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Since one poor view has drawn my heart, Z416with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Spite of the godhead, pow'rful love, Z417with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Sylvia, now your scorn give over, Z420with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Sylvia, 'tis true you're fair, Z512with Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
They say you're angry, Z422with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
This poet sings the Trojan wars 'Anacreon's Defeat', Z423with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Through mournful shades and solitary groves, Z424with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Urge me no more, Z426with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
What a sad fate is mine, Z428awith Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
What hope for us remains now he is gone?, Z472with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
When first my shepherdess and I, Z431with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
When her languishing eyes said 'Love!', Z432with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
When my Aemelia smiles, Z434with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
When Strephon found his passion vain, Z435with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
While Thirsis, wrapp'd in downy sleep, Z437with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Whilst Cynthia sung, all angry winds lay still, Z438with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Who but a slave can well express, Z440with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Who can behold Florella's charms?, Z441with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Ye happy swains, whose nymphs are kind, Z443with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Young Thirsis' fate, Z473with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741)
Cello Sonata in A minor, RV43with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in A minor, RV44with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in B flat major, RV45with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in B flat major, RV46with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in B flat major, RV47with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in E flat major, RV39with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in E minor, RV40with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in F major, RV41with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in G minor, RV42with David Watkin (cello)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A chi spera, o luci amate  
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  
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  
Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z367 (Purcell)
Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen, HWV203 (Handel)
Deuxième Leçon  
Draw near, you lovers, Z462 (Purcell)
Dunque annoda pur, ben mio  
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  
Infiammate, saettate  
Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum  
Jod. Manum suam misit hostis  
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  
Ma se l'alma sempre geme  
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  
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  
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  
Troppo cruda (Handel)
Urge me no more, Z426 (Purcell)
Vau. Et egressus est a filia Sion  
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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