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The King's Consort

The King's Consort returns on disc to music by Henry Purcell, the composer whom the group has championed, across the world, for three decades. At the heart of the consort's advocacy has been the creation of twenty-four recordings of the composer's music, including three major recording series, which have won numerous international awards. The King's Consort's compelling performances of Purcell have played a central role in restoring this great English composer's music to international prominence.

The consort's twenty-fifth Purcell recording presents his extraordinarily inventive, highly individual set of ten 'Sonatas in four parts', published by Purcell's widow shortly after the composer's untimely death. These magnificent works combine Italian vigour, French elegance and English melancholy with harmonic daring, extraordinary contrapuntal technique and unique melodic inventiveness. As with all the best of Purcell's music, it is the ineradicable vein of melancholy which, deliciously, dominates.

The Consort's international performer line-up includes Italian-Dutch violinist Cecilia Bernardini, Gramophone award-winning German viol player Susanne Heinrich, Welsh violinist Huw Daniel, and English organist Robert King and theorbo player Lynda Sayce.

The disc, VIVAT 106 was recorded in October 2013 in The Menuhin Hall's unsurpassed acoustic, bringing great depth and clarity to the sound, was released on 23 June 2014 and has already been reviewed in M&V by Gerald Fenech. The CD presentation includes a forty-four page booklet with authoritative notes by Purcell expert and biographer Robert King, full page photographs from the sessions and reproductions from the original 1697 print. As with all VIVAT recordings, the 'Studio master' in 96kHz 24-bit sound is also available for download.


Posted: 10 July 2014

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