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Mozart: Exultate Jubilate / King, Sampson, King's Consort

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Regina coeli, antiphon for soprano, chorus & orchestra, K. 108 (K. 74d)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sub tuum praesidium, offertory for 2 voices & orchestra, K. 198 (K. Anh. C 3.08)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sancta Maria, mater Dei, gradual for chorus & orchestra, K. 273
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae de Dominica, K 321
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Regina coeli, antiphon for soprano, chorus & orchestra, K. 127
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Notes & Reviews:

"Robert King and his choral and orchestral forces give clean and direct performances in sound that is nicely balanced and benefits from the mellow acoustic of London's Cadogan Hall. The soprano focus of interest is Carolyn Sampson, whose musical sensibility and personality are exceptional. Unreservedly recommended." BBC Music Magazine

'Robert King and his choral and orchestral forces give clean and direct performances in sound that is nicely balanced and benefits from the mellow acoustic of London's Cadogan Hall. The soprano focus of interest is Carolyn Sampson, whose musical sensibility and personality are exceptional ... Unreservedly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'What more could you want in these works than a soloist who places every note with joyous precision, moves from one to another so cleanly, and demonstrates at every turn such intelligent but unfussy musicianship? This is a sunny and unpretentious disc which deserves to be among the successes of the Mozart year' (Gramophone)

'This is thrilling music, rousingly performed by the orchestra and chorus. Even better are the central arias, which Carolyn Sampson sings with heart-easing grace and brilliant virtuosity. She is equally fluent in the Exsultate Jubilate! rising up to a top C at the end that will have you cheering from your seat. And she sings both parts of the duet Sub tuum praesidium so beautifully as to still any disquiet at the fakery. Don't miss this' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Sampson confirms her growing reputation in 18th-century music with delectable performances, fresh and limpid of tone, stylish and shapely of phrase. The reams of coloratura in Exsultate jubilate! are truly joyous, not merely accurate ... Prompt, polished orchestral playing and first-rate choral singing set the seal on a delightful and enterprising birthday offering' (The Daily Telegraph)

'lustrous and engaging performances' (The Scotsman)

'Sampson's ravishing soprano has all the sparkle and purity this music needs, and the King's Consort under Robert King provides a lively foundation' (The Financial Times)

'Carolyn Sampson gives a characteristically stunning performance, with great drama, vocal flexibility and a wide range of expressive devices...The orchestra plays with great panache and precise articulation... King's choir sings with clarity and jubilation in their brief appearances, and over-all, this recording plays ideal tribute to the early mature sacred works of Mozart written in his late teens and early twenties' (Early Music Magazine)

'these devotional scores are models of understatement. Sampson floats exquisitely through the Agnus Dei of the Coronation Mass, maintains a serene line in Laudate Dominum from the Vespers, unearths two long settings of Regina coeli and indulgently duets with herself in Sub Tuum Praesidium' (The Times)

'Quelle belle surprise! Carolyn Sampson nous livre un CD Mozart qui est non pas un modèle de chaleur, mais un disque très bon gôut, réussi en tout. On admirera aussi la finesse musicale de King, qui ne bouscule jamais le discours et dont les bois enrichessent très bien la palette sonore' (ClassicsTodayFrance.com)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Though clearly designed as a showcase for a young British singer who seems to be getting better by the minute - the presence of a number of excerpts and a double-tracked duet are evidence of that - it is nevertheless strongly focused on Mozart's Salzburg church music, offering in addition to some of the usual suspects a few relative rarities. It is also a reminder of how, even in works which make no attempts at great depth, the young composer was a marvel of fluency, grace and freshness. There are times in his teenage music when you can really feel the enjoyment he took in his own ability; on this disc you can sense it being transferred to the performances.

Emma Kirkby recording some of these pieces a few years back (likewise doing Exsultate, jubilate in the alternative 'flute' version), and while Carolyn Sampson's singing does not sound like Kirkby's, her rounder voice gives the listener much the same kind of pleasure. What more could you want in these works than a soloist who places every note with joyous precision, moves from one to another so cleanly, and demonstrates at every turn such intelligent but unfussy musicianship? She also has wonderful control of dynamics, beautifully demonstrated in the restrained cadenza of Exsultate's slow middle section, or the hushed reprise of the Agnus Dei from the Coronation Mass.

The orchestral accompaniments are ably conducted by Robert King, and if the choral singing is not the most polished you will hear, its lusty commitment certainly adds to the honest pleasure of the performances. This is a sunny and unpretentious disc which deserves to be among the successes of the Mozart year.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Regina coeli, antiphon for soprano, chorus & orchestra, K. 108 (K. 74d)
  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (10/29/2005-10/31/2005)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1771

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum :: Laudate Dominum
  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (10/29/2005-10/31/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sub tuum praesidium, offertory for 2 voices & orchestra, K. 198 (K. Anh. C 3.08)
  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (10/29/2005-10/31/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1792

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sancta Maria, mater Dei, gradual for chorus & orchestra, K. 273
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (10/29/2005-10/31/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1777

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (10/29/2005-10/31/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mass no 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317 :: Agnus Dei
  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (10/29/2005-10/31/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1779

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae de Dominica, K 321
  • Performers: Matthew Halls (Organ); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (10/29/2005-10/31/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Regina coeli, antiphon for soprano, chorus & orchestra, K. 127
  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Robert King
  • Ensemble: King's Consort
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (10/29/2005-10/31/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772