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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.

Albums
'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
'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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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)
Magnificat with James Bowman (countertenor), Michael Chance (countertenor), Mark Caudle (viola da gamba)
Trois Leçons de Ténèbres with James Bowman (countertenor), Michael Chance (countertenor)
Venite, exsultemus Domino with Michael Chance (countertenor), James Bowman (countertenor), Mark Caudle (viola da gamba)
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL  (1685-1759)
Conservate, raddoppiate with Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen, HWV203 with Carolyn Sampson (soprano), The King's Consort
Künft'ger Zeiten eitler Kummer, HWV202 with Carolyn Sampson (soprano), The King's Consort
Langue, geme, sospira with Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Sono liete, fortunate with Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle, HWV205 with Carolyn Sampson (soprano), The King's Consort
Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken, HWV204 with Carolyn Sampson (soprano), The King's Consort
Tanti strali al sen mi scocchi with Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Troppo cruda with Gillian Fisher (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
HENRY PURCELL  (1659-1695)
A thousand sev'ral ways I tried, Z359 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Ah! cruel nymph!, Z352 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love, Z353 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams, Z355 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Amintas, to my grief I see, Z356 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Amintor, heedless of his flocks, Z357 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Ask me to love no more, Z358 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Bacchus is a pow'r divine, Z360 with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Beneath a dark and melancholy grove, Z461 with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Beware, poor shepherds 'The Caution', Z361 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Cease, anxious world, your fruitless pain, Z362 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Celia's fond, too long I've lov'd her, Z364 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Corinna is divinely fair, Z365 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Cupid, the slyest rogue alive, Z367 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Draw near, you lovers, Z462 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Farewell, all joys, Z368 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Farewell, ye rocks, ye seas and sands, Z463 with Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Fly swift, ye hours, Z369 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
From silent shades 'Bess of Bedlam', Z370 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Gentle shepherds, you that know 'Pastoral Elegy on the Death of Mr John Playford', Z464 with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
He himself courts his own ruin, Z372 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Hears not my Phillis how the birds 'The Knotting Song', Z371 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
High on a throne of glitt'ring ore, Z465 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
How delightful's the life of an innocent swain, Z373 with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
How I sigh when I think of the charms of my swain, Z374 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
I came, I saw, and was undone 'The Thraldom', Z375 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
I love and I must 'Bell Barr', Z382 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
I loved fair Celia, Z381 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
I resolve against cringing and whining, Z386 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
If grief has any pow'r to kill, Z378 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
If music be the food of love, Z379a with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
If music be the food of love, Z379b with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
If music be the food of love, Z379c with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
If pray'rs and tears, Z380 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
In Cloris all soft charms agree, Z384 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
In vain we dissemble, Z385 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas 'The Queen's Epicedium', Z383 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Let each gallant heart, Z390 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Let formal lovers still pursue, Z391 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z466 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Love arms himself in Celia's eyes, Z392 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Love is now become a trade, Z393 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Love, thou can'st hear, tho' thou art blind, Z396 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Lovely Albina's come ashore, Z394 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Love's pow'r in my heart shall find no compliance, Z395 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Musing on cares of human fate, Z467 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
My heart, whenever you appear, Z399 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
No, to what purpose should I speak?, Z468 with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
O solitude, my sweetest choice!, Z406 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Oh, fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z402 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Olinda in the shades unseen, Z404 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
On the brow of Richmond Hill, Z405 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Pastora's beauties when unblown, Z407 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Phillis, I can ne'er forgive it, Z408 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Phillis, talk no more of passion, Z409 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Pious Celinda goes to prayers, Z410 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Rashly I swore I would disown, Z411 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Sawney is a bonny lad, Z412 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Scarce had the rising sun appear'd, Z469 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
See how the fading glories of the year, Z470 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
She loves and she confesses too, Z413 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
She that would gain a faithful lover, Z414 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
She, who my poor heart possesses, Z415 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Since one poor view has drawn my heart, Z416 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Spite of the godhead, pow'rful love, Z417 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Sylvia, now your scorn give over, Z420 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Sylvia, 'tis true you're fair, Z512 with Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
They say you're angry, Z422 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
This poet sings the Trojan wars 'Anacreon's Defeat', Z423 with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Through mournful shades and solitary groves, Z424 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Urge me no more, Z426 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
What a sad fate is mine, Z428a with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
What hope for us remains now he is gone?, Z472 with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
When first my shepherdess and I, Z431 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
When her languishing eyes said 'Love!', Z432 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
When my Aemelia smiles, Z434 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
When Strephon found his passion vain, Z435 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
While Thirsis, wrapp'd in downy sleep, Z437 with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort
Whilst Cynthia sung, all angry winds lay still, Z438 with Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), The King's Consort
Who but a slave can well express, Z440 with Susan Gritton (soprano), The King's Consort
Who can behold Florella's charms?, Z441 with Charles Daniels (tenor), The King's Consort
Ye happy swains, whose nymphs are kind, Z443 with Barbara Bonney (soprano), The King's Consort
Young Thirsis' fate, Z473 with Susan Gritton (soprano), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
ANTONIO VIVALDI  (1678-1741)
Cello Sonata in A minor, RV43 with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in A minor, RV44 with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in B flat major, RV45 with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in B flat major, RV46 with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in B flat major, RV47 with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in E flat major, RV39 with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in E minor, RV40 with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in F major, RV41 with David Watkin (cello)
Cello Sonata in G minor, RV42 with David Watkin (cello)
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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