I have just finished listening to this quite extraordinary new CD by Robert King and the King's Consort, and in my opinion this is the most convincing thing he has yet done. Every aspect of the production is simply superb: the performances themselves are full-blooded and yet finely nuanced; the recording is spacious and detailed, and yet powerful and thrilling in the (many) climaxes; the organ is gorgeously captured - especially the low end of the instrument - giving the overall sound impressive weight and richness; the singing and playing are basically flawless. Combine this with exceptional notes by Jeremy Dibble, complete documentation on every instrument used in the (period) orchestra, and exemplary presentation overall from this (seemingly new) label "Vivat", and this is a winner. Of course this might not mean all that much if the music itself were not worthwhile, but it seems the true quality of these two great composers is finally now beginning to be recognised. This is wonderful, inspired music, unashamed of its late Victorian roots. Its as thrilling today as I am sure it was for audiences and congregation members around the turn of the 20th century. This recording sheds new and vibrant light on an important period in English Church Music, and we are all in the debt of the many dedicated musicians who have made this project so marvelous. Bravo!
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