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“He is a virtuoso of world class standing... I’m astonished at his bravura; nothing fazes him... he plays it with such élan, and with such passion, such commitment... Absolutely phenomenal performance of "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam"   - Chris de Souza reviewing this box set on BBC Radio 3's "CD Review"

"I doubt if there will be an organ contribution to the Liszt bicentennial which can better this" - Jeremy Nicholas - Gramophone

"King's approach tends to combine breadth and clarity with a sense of poise...
Ad nos Fantasie and Fugue is entirely absorbing as he dashes off the fiery trumpet fanfares and charges through the allegro molto finale to the triumphant C major conclusion...   
King handles [the sonorous lines of the melodically inspired
Orpheus] with true tenderness of feeling combined with excellent sense of the pacing of each melodic line within the context of the whole work....  beautifully presented and exceptionally recorded... a tour de force"  - David Newsholme, International Record Review

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LISZT THE ESSENTIAL ORGAN WORKS

This 3 CD set contains all of the
major original organ works of Liszt, together with a selection of virtuoso arrangements and transcriptions of Liszt’s orchestral and piano works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Max Reger, Edwin Lemare, Nicolas Kynaston, and Peter King.

CD 1 (63:36)
Prelude and Fugue on BACH (13:24)
Orpheus (11:33)
Funérailles – trans Nicolas Kynaston (12:14)Consolation IV (Adagio) in D flat (3:24)
Legend of St Francis of Assisi preaching to the birds – trans Camille Saint-Saëns (11:09)Legend of St Francis of Paula walking on the waves – trans Max Reger (11:50)

CD 2
Chapelle de Guillaume Tell – trans Peter King (6:37)
Sposalizio – trans Edwin Lemare (8:25)
Il Penseroso – trans Peter King (4:27)
Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa – trans Peter King (3:24)
Trauerode (8:18)
Consolation VI (Tröstung) in E (2:40)
Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (16:28)

CD 3 (54:06)
Excelsior! (3:11)
Ave Maria von Arcadelt (6:07)
Evocation à la Chapelle Sixtine (13:50)Fantasia and Fugue on Ad nos, ad salutarem undam (30:56)

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Concertos for Organ & Orchestra
Peter King - Organ
BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by François-Xavier Roth

"A disc of real distinction... leaves the competition standing" Gramophone

Suite in G for Strings and Organ - Respighi
Concerto in G minor for Organ, strings and timpani - Poulenc
Concerto No 1 in F, Op 137, for Organ, strings and three horns - Rheinberger

  Recently re-released, and "Editor's Choice" in both BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone November 2010
   "...even reluctant converts are likely to be overwhelmed by this thrilling disc. The sound of the Bath Abbey Klais organ matches the life-affirming playing of Peter King. The whole recording is filled with a love of making music."
Gramophone November 2010

"This disc presents three of the finest organ/orchestra collaborations in the repertoire.....The performances of all three works are outstanding; it would be difficult to imagine any better. Bathed in the fine acoustic of Bath Abbey, the strings and horns produce a lush, luminous, vibrant, clear, robust sound that is matched by the clarity, color, cohesion and brilliance of the superb Klais organ. The well-balanced and blended sonorities are skillfully reproduced by the recording techinicians. This recording is to be cherished for the beauty of the sound, the music and the exceptional performances by some of Great Britains' finest musicians." 
The American Organist September 2009

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HOMAGE TO HANDEL
played on the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey by Peter King

March on a Theme of Handel - Guilmant
Variations uber ein Tema von Georg Friedrich Handel - Landmann
Variations on "The Harmonious Blacksmith" - Karg-Elert
Capriccio in F - Handel arr Karg-Elert
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel arr Maynard
Five Pieces for a Musical Clock - Handel arr Spiegel
Grand Choeur (All Handel) Guilmant
Homage to Handel - Karg-Elert
Handel in the Strand - Grainger arr King

"This disc ranks as an unexpected highlight... As one would expect Peter King plays with vigour and clarity and shows his command of the majestic Klais Organ... 
A dazzling expression of the performer's virtuosity... reflects the perfomer's formidable skill as an interpreter and communicator" - Organists' Review

 "hugely imaginitive and brilliantly executed...  King is on fire, despatching this difficult music with considerable elan... 
a perfect recital, to be returned to often"  
Choir and Organ
 

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ORGAN LOLLIPOPS
played on the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey by Peter King

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - JS Bach
In a Monastery Garden - Ketelby
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen - Grieg
Lied - Wolstenholme
A Trumpet Minuet - Hollins
War March of the Priests - Mendelssohn
Thirty-Two Feet and Eight Little Tails - Redmond, Cavenaugh and Weldon
Toccata - Dubois
Vienna March - Scotson Clark
Bell Rondo - Morandi
Andantino in D flat Moonlight and Roses - Lemare
Solemn Melody - Walford Davies
Gavotte in B flat - Arne
Sortie in E flat - Lefebure-Wely

      

"Peter King takes advantage of the diverse musical styles, the organ's generous tonal palette, and his own fertile imagination to present a delicious variety of colors. His ample technical command and fine musicality render a highly delightful listening experience. This one will win friends for the organ!" 
                                          American Organist

   
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ROMANTIC ORGAN MUSIC
played on the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey by Peter King

Prelude and Fugue on BACH - Franz Liszt
Sonata vi in D minor - Felix Mendelssohn
Choral ii in B minor - César Franck
Elegiac Romance - John Ireland
Fantasie iii on C op 157 - Camille Saint-Saëns
Toccata in D minor op 59 v - Max Reger 
Fugue in D op 59 vi - Max Reger

   
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MOZART
Peter King plays Mozart on the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey

Fantasia in F minor, KV 608

Adagio in C, KV 356 (KV 617a)

Adagio and Allegro (Fantasia) in F minor and major, KV 594

Sonata in D minor for piano duet, KV 381     Allegro, Andante, Allegro vivace

Adagio in B minor

Adagio and Rondo in C minor and major, KV 617    Adagio, Rondo

Strahower Improvisation (Fantasia in G minor), KV 528a

Gigue in G (Leipziger Gigue), KV 574

Andante in F, KV 616

Adagio and Fugue in C minor, KV 546     Adagio, Fugue

 

Here we have immaculate playing, varying from joy and happiness to sadness, to anger.
Delicate or bold, fiery or liquid, calm, patient or vigorous and vital,
and all in such good measure and all with such a variety of touch. The Organ

   
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BAROQUERY
Peter King plays Baroque works on the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey

Toccata in D minor — Diderik Buxtehude

Chaconne in F minor — Johann Pachelbel

Chorale Fantasia — Diderik Buxtehude
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Concerto in B flat — Tomaso Albinoni transcribed Johann Gottfried Walther Allegro, Adagio, Allegro

Praeludium in E minor (Great) — Nicolaus Bruhns

Batalla de sexto tono — José Ximenes

Cornet Voluntary in A minor — John Blow

Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux (Veni Creator) — Nicolas de Grigny

Four Movements from Messe pour les Convents — François Couperin
Recit de Trompette, Chromhorne en Taille,
Dialogue sur la Voix Humaine, Elevation: Tierce en Taille

Prelude and Fugue in C — Johann Sebastian Bach


Buxtehude's Toccata opens with a flair that King catches perfectly... 
King's pacing has an ideal forward thrust...
This is a great performance of a masterpiece...
One of the highlights of this recital is the powerful Preludium by Nicolaus Bruhns...
King has an extra measure of impact. Fanfare
 

 Fantasie FANTASIE
Peter King plays German Romantic music on the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey

Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor — Max Reger
Evocation à la Chapelle Sixtine — Ferenc Liszt
Fantasie - Sonate xvii in B Opus 181 — Josef Rheinberger
       Fantasie, Intermezzo, Introduction und Fuge 

Chorale Prelude and Fugue "O Trauerigkeit, o Herzeleid" — Johannes Brahms
Chorale Prelude "O Welt, ich muß dich lassen" Opus 122 xi — Johannes Brahms
La Nuit — Sigfrid Karg-Elert (Trois Impressions) Opus 72 iii
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue of Bach — Max Reger

Wonderful new recording… King makes all this so easy…
Reger’s arrangement of Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue receives a performance worth every penny you spend on this disc”  – The Organ

“A blistering performance of Liszt’s Evocation… King gives virtuoso performances”
Roger Fisher, Organists’ Review

“King is master of the long paragraph… just as sensitive in the more rhapsodic works… 
he chooses gorgeous colours, of which there are plenty on this magnificent instrument” Choir &Organ

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GREAT EUROPEAN ORGANS 51
Peter King plays the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey 

Praeludium in C — Dietrich Buxtehude

Vater unser im Himmelreich — Georg Böhm

Praeludium in G minor — Dietrich Buxtehude

Orpheus — Franz Liszt

Triptico del buen Pastor — Jesús Guridi

     The Flock

     The Lost Sheep

     The Good Shepherd

Pastorella — Johann Sebastian Bach

Fantasie in D flat — Camille Saint-Saëns

Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude — Petr Eben  

 

 

 

 

 

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