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Classical - Released November 25, 2019 | Kings College Cambridge

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Christmas Music - Released November 8, 2019 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released September 13, 2019 | Kings College Cambridge

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King’s College Recordings continues its "Evensong Live series" with a new collection of popular anthems and canticles by British composers. Recorded live across 2018 and 2019 during choral services at the famous Chapel, this album includes beloved pieces by Hubert Parry, William Walton, Charles Villiers Stanford, William Byrd, Judith Weir and Gerald Finzi. © King’s College Cambridge
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Classical - Released June 7, 2019 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released March 22, 2019 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released November 9, 2018 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | Kings College Cambridge

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Nine extraordinary meditations by one of the twentieth century’s musical titans, performed on the magnificent King’s College Chapel organ by former organ scholar Richard Gowers. Written in 1935, La Nativité du Seigneur is one of Messiaen’s most popular organ works, and a piece that helped to establish the then 27 year-old as an important figure in contemporary music. Premiered in February 1936 at the Église de la Sainte-Trinité in Paris, where Messiaen was organist for more than sixty years, the debut performance was shared between three of his close friends; with Daniel-Lesur, Jean Langlais and Jean-Jacques Grunenwald each tackling three movements. A testament to Messiaen’s devout Catholicism, each movement follows a portion of the Christmas story, from the Virgin Birth to Epiphany, with the number of movements symbolic of the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy. Significantly, the work contains early examples of Messiaen’s signature compositional elements, such as birdsong, rhythmic inspiration from Hindustani and Carnatic musical traditions, and the ‘modes of limited transportation’, which he would later publish in "La technique de mon langage musical". Born in 1994, Richard Gowers is a British organist, pianist and conductor. After becoming a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 17, he won first prize at the 2013 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition and studied at the Mendelssohn Conservatoire in Leipzig. From 2014 to 2017 he held the distinguished position of organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and in September 2017 he became Chapel Choir Organist at the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban. His career as a concert organist has seen him perform in prestigious venues around the world, including Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral. © King's College
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Classical - Released July 20, 2018 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released June 8, 2018 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released May 1, 2018 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released March 16, 2018 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released February 2, 2018 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released December 24, 2017 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released November 3, 2017 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released September 8, 2017 | Kings College Cambridge

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This album is not, as might be supposed, the soundtrack to something, but rather the realization of a unique aim: Tecchler's cello is an instrument by the Roman builder David Tecchler, played by young British cellist Guy Johnston and celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2014. Johnston conceived the idea of commissioning new works as "gifts for the cello"; three such pieces are included here. Further, he traveled from Cambridge back to the cello's birthplace in Rome, making recordings in Cambridge, Paris, and Rome, of Beethoven, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, and Ottorino Respighi, respectively. The new commissions were distributed among these sessions and interspersed with the larger works. As may be seen, the result is a large variety of music with multiple main strands that are not necessarily in harmony with each other. The commissioned composers don't respond with similar concepts; David Matthews in his Ein Celloleben evokes different historical periods, while Charlotte Bray in Perseus uses the letters of Tecchler's name as a basis for thematic material, and Mark Simpson's Un Regalo maximally exploits the cello's technical capabilities. The program does not really hang together, but it's enjoyable at many individual points; sample the brilliant, quick opening movement of Beethoven's Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 ("Ghost"). Above all, the sound of Johnston's Tecchler cello is indeed distinctively rich, and you get a glimpse in the booklet notes of how a musician gets to know an extraordinary new instrument. A unique release, and a recommended one.

Classical - Released August 24, 2017 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released June 16, 2017 | Kings College Cambridge

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The purpose of this release from King's College Cambridge is to celebrate the 2016 restoration of the organ at King's College Chapel. An American composer visiting Britain once expressed wonderment at the high level of interest in classical music among ordinary people there, claiming that an average taxi driver could tell you about the music of Elliott Carter. It may have been an exaggeration, but to judge from the appearance of this release on classical sales charts, maybe not. The organist is Stephen Cleobury, better known as a conductor, but certainly someone very familiar with the organ. You get a group of pieces designed to showcase the instrument in various ways, including one new work, together with engineering with which great care has been taken: there's not a murky moment in the whole hour of music. Along with the usual mixture of Bach and contemporary English pieces, there's the not terribly common Organ Sonata in F minor, Op. 65, No. 1, of Mendelssohn, an externally Bachian work in which some nifty moves are made to get the music to follow sonata logic. To hear what the organ can do, sample the "Pièce Heroïque" of César Franck with its gradual crescendo and blazing final section. A bonus in the booklet is the set of notes and really superb photography pertaining to the organ and its restoration. A must for organ buffs and audiophiles.
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Classical - Released April 7, 2017 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released December 24, 2016 | Kings College Cambridge

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Classical - Released October 14, 2016 | Kings College Cambridge

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