Organ Works

Stephen Cleobury organ Released 4 May 2015 CD/SACD hybrid

This album brings together the first ever surround sound recordings of the great Harrison & Harrison organ set within the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. Performing three popular virtuosic works for the organ, Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music at King’s College, demonstrates the power and flexibility of this great instrument. The recording begins with Liszt’s dark-hued Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”, S.259, which is based on a theme from Act 1 of Meyerbeer’s grand opera Le Prophète. The piece lasts almost 30 minutes and is in three sections: the Fantasy, Adagio and Fugue. Julius Reubke’s magnificent Organ Sonata on the 94th Psalm explores the theme of judgement. Considered one of the pinnacles of Romantic repertoire, and thought to have been inspired by Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue, this piece is a test of both the organ’s versatility and the player’s pedal technique. The album concludes with Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No. 6 in D minor. Based on Bach’s chorale Vater unser im Himmelreich, this piece demonstrates Mendelssohn’s consummate mastery of organ textures. Originally built in the 19th century to replace an earlier instrument, the organ has been modernised several times and underwent major renovation in 2016. **** “A rousing and inspiring performance” – Audiophile Audition “Outstanding performances by a great musician” – Gramophone Magazine

 

recordings
The Choir's latest recordings are released on the College's own label and available to buy or download online.
Listen to some of our recent recordings of services and performances from the Chapel of King's College, free and online.

Choir News

img-5042

Commissioned Christmas Eve carol revealed

The 2022 commission for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be a setting of the text Angelus ad Virginem by Matthew Martin.

arrival_at_kings_4120256792_obw

Special Choral Evensong to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II

A special service will take place in the Chapel at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 20 September.

rs2276_20150621-dsc_0144-lpr

Singing on the River returns to the banks of the Cam

After a three-year hiatus, The King’s Men will perform a programme of madrigals, close harmony arrangements and contemporary songs.