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Catherine King

Catherine King

Catherine King is acknowledged as one of the most versatile mezzo-sopranos of her generation with a huge repertoire.



The Dufay Spectacle
The Dufay Spectacle
Gothic Voices presents The Dufay Spectacle, featuring special guest Andrew Lawrence-King. 

CKD 568  

Mary Star Of The Sea
Mary Star Of The Sea
Gothic Voices, the world-famous early music ensemble, makes its Linn debut. 

CKD 541  

Galuppi: Forgotten Arias of a Venetian Master
Galuppi: Forgotten Arias of a Venetian Master
The only known collection of arias by the 18th century opera composer Baldassarre Galuppi. 

BKD 576  

Songs of Ecstasy and Devotion
Songs of Ecstasy and Devotion
A fascinating musical insight into 17th century sacred music seen through the eyes of an Italian nun 

CKD 071  

J.S. Bach: Alto Arias
J.S. Bach: Alto Arias
Some of Bach's most beautiful arias performed by Catherine King and the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. 

BKD 158  

A Renaissance Songbook
A Renaissance Songbook
16th century madrigals performed by early music specialists Catherine King and Jacob Heringman. 

CKD 142  

Airs de cour
Airs de cour
Mezzo Catherine King & lutenist Jacob Heringman create a beautiful sound in this early music delight 

BKD 089  

Catherine King mezzo soprano 

Catherine King is acknowledged as one of the most versatile mezzo-sopranos of her generation with a huge repertoire.

She has performed with many of the UK's leading ensembles and orchestras including the Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Chamber Orchestra, Florilegium, Fretwork, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Gothic Voices, London Baroque, the Nash Ensemble, the New London Consort and the Taverner Consort. She also makes frequent appearances at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Lufthansa and Three Choirs Festivals. She has sung Messiah with the Hallé and the Verdi Requiem with the CBSO, whilst her international engagements have included the Christmas Oratorio with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, The Dream of Gerontius in Warsaw, Messiah with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, The Fairy Queen for the Coro della Radio Svizzera and Il Tramonto with the Israel Camerata.

Her numerous recordings include the highly acclaimed Forgotten Arias of a Venetian Master - Arie Serie by Galuppi, with Il Canto di Orfeo on Avie, which was selected as a Gramophone Editor's Choice CD for January 2007, Bach Arias with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra on Linn, and Judas Maccabaeus from the Maulbronn Festival on K & K. Catherine King was recently selected for inclusion in EMI's The Record of Singing.

Catherine King's operatic engagements have included Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor for Iford Arts, Vitige Flavio with the Early Opera Company, Ernesto Il mondo della luna for Opera Della Luna, La Speranza L'Orfeo for the English Bach Festival, Annina Der Rosenkavalier in concert with Nicholas Braithwaite and Filipyevna Eugene Onegin for Longborough Festival Opera.

Recent and forthcoming engagements include a major tour with the Israel Camerata singing Dido Dido and Aeneas, Grimgerde Die Walküre for Longborough Festival Opera, Arias by Handel and Galuppi at the International Festival of Chamber Music, Genova, St Matthew Passion in Norway, Samson at the Brighton Early Music Festival, Scottish 20th /21st Century Recital for the European Festival of Lieder in Warsaw, Cecilia MacDowall's Laudate at the Presteigne Festival, Bryn Harrison's Surface Forms with Australian contemporary group ELISION in London and on CD, and Ståle Kleiberg's Requiem in Germany.

'Catherine King is anything but the anaemic thin-voiced creature one sometimes associates with the baroque. Hers is a large vibrant voice with superb technique, wide range and an almost animal intensity in the more forceful music. She can also achieve a beautifully soft effect when in lyrical mood.' Musicweb International


For further information - www.catherineking.org
Scherzo
'The honesty and the artistic and technical capacity of Gothic Voices in their approach is admirable...'
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Res Musica
'Endowed with the exceptional singing of the mezzo Catherine King, Gothic Voices emphasize the expressiveness in the more cerebral aspects of Dufay's counterpoint, deploying the rhythmic richness and ingenuity of these motets and his songs.'
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: 'What a pleasure, then, to be able to welcome this Dufay recording as matching all the qualities that made Gothic Voices absolute leaders in the field.'
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De Volkskrant
5 Stars
'...it is the melodic richness and the rhythmic ingenuity that continue to allow this music, almost six centuries old, to fascinate and amaze.'
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iClassical
5 Stars
Album of the Month: 'This is medieval music at its finest...don’t hesitate to add this to your music collection.'
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Kerk en Leven
'The British ensemble Gothic voices has released a selection of his work in a beautiful new CD.'
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BR Klassik
CD-Tipp: 'For all the clarity of the presentation - and this is exemplary, even when instruments are added - the expression always comes first.'
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Stemband
'Gothic Voices is geen koor, maar wel een vocaal ensemble. Hun prachtige vertolking van motetten en chansons van Guillaume Dufay, klinkt zoals in de tijd van onze grote componist.'


MusicWeb International
'...with this beautifully produced CD more instruments have been added, producing a disc of greater colour and variety...'
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All Music
5 Stars
'...an attractive program of motets and chansons...Highly recommended.'
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Stretto
'This beautiful performance is both vocal and instrumental, with an unparalleled technical and expressive perfection. Can not be missed!'
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The Sunday Times
'The four singers of Gothic Voices, the mezzo Clare Wilkinson and a quartet of instrumentalists seem perfectly attuned to Dufay’s intoxicatingly elegant, graceful style.'
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RSI Switzerland Rete Due
'...deep and inspiring...pure vocal joy...'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'Just lovely!'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'Just four voices, often only one or two at a time but singing with a clarity of focus and keen beauty that’s always affecting...'
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Gramophone
'The disc's highlight comes when [Andrew Smith's] setting of Stond wel, Moder under rode follows the anonymous 13th-century setting of the same text, each piece supercharged with the ensemble's raw, intense but poetic style founded on the very basics of vocal communication.'
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MusicWeb International
'Especially striking on this disc are the works by the American Joanne Metcalf and by the Liverpool-born Andrew Smith...The recording is beautifully spaced.'
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MusicWeb International
'A fascinating release.'
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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
„Es darf als Reverenz an die mittelalterliche Tradition verstanden werden und zugleich an dieses herausragende Ensemble. Wie das Drama der Kreuzigung hier von innen her durchleuchtet wird, im Zusammenklang der klar und transparent geführten Stimmen, ist ergreifend; darin liegt auch ein mystischer Kern."
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El arte de la fuga
'La toma sonora es excelente, diáfana como pocas, ideal para sumergirse en la escucha de estas magníficas composiciones.'
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Andrew Benson-Wilson
'The four singers of Gothic Voices produce an exceptionally good consort sound as well as impressing in their various solo roles...[a] beautiful recording.'
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Fanfare
'Highly recommended.'
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Ihr Opernratgeber
„Diese cleveren Einschübe machen diese CD zu einem besonderen Klangerlebnis.“
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