The King’s Consort celebrate their hundredth CD and the launch of their new classical label, VIVAT, with TKC’s largest recording in 15 years.
Huge period instrument orchestra gathered from fifteen nations, plus TKC’s award-winning choir, and world-class soloists including Carolyn Sampson and David Wilson-Johnson.
TKC records the glorious sacred ceremonial music of two of Britain’s greatest composers, Stanford and Parry.
First recordings on period instruments, including the four great Stanford canticle settings, heard in the composer’s lavish orchestrations (Stanford in G with radiant singing from Carolyn Sampson), Parry’s I was glad (restoring a long-missing section for the 1911 coronation), a magisterial performance of Blest pair of Sirens, the 1911 Coronation Te Deum and a stunning Jerusalem in Elgar’s vivid orchestration.
High quality documentation, first-rate engineering, lively promo video releasing Jan 2013 on YouTube and Vivat’s new website.
New editions of the four Stanford works parallel-published by Oxford University Press.
The first of a series of releases on TKC’s new VIVAT label.
“a revelation. In the opening Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A by Stanford, the leanness of gut strings lends edge and urgency to the orchestral writing, which perfectly complements the punchy attack of the three dozen choral singers. There's not a trace here of Victorian self-satisfaction or stuffiness...This CD, full of incandescent, hugely committed music-making, will be an award-winner. You simply have to hear it.” ***** BBC Music Magazine
“[I was glad] is given a performance in the atmosphere of a church rather than a cathedral but is no less dramatic in its vivid trumpet calls. Blest Pair of Sirens, Parry's other well-known motet, comes with biting attack.” Gramophone
“A brilliant new disc from the King’s Consort… It’s thrilling stuff” BBC Radio 3
“for me this is a simple “must have”. An excellent recording as well.” CD Review