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Peter King plays the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey

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Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, having been the Abbey’s Director of Music for thirty years (1986–2016),  performs a wide-ranging concert, demonstrating the virtuosity and versatility of both player and instrument in the beautiful acoustic of Bath Abbey. Extra features include a demonstration of the organ, a brief account of the Abbey’s history, and a talk about the music performed.  A CD audio-only recording of the organ concert is also included.

Peter King, is President of the Incorporated Association of Organists (2015–17). He holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Bath. Together with Nicolas Kynaston, he was responsible for the design and installation of the Abbey’s Klais Organ. His twelve CDs on the new instrument have been highly acclaimed by the critics.

DVD Video in 5.0 and stereo
16.9 widescreen, REGION FREE, NTSC,
Audio CD in stereo

Track List

Fantaisie et Fugue in B flat, Op 18 vi – Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly (1785–1858)
Fantaisie i in E flat – Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
Con moto
Allegro di molto e con fuoco
Chorale Preludes from Orgelbüchlein – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599
Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 600
Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottessohn, BWV 601
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 604
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 606
In dulci jubilo, BWV 608
In dir ist Freude, BWV 615
Les Anges (La Nativité du Seigneur) – Olivier Messiaen (1908–92)
Naïades (Pièces de Fantaisie, Quatrième Suite, Op 55) – Louis Vierne (1870–1937)
The 94th Psalm, Sonata in C minor – Julius Reubke (1834-1858)
Grave – Larghetto – Allegro con fuoco
Fugue – Allegro

Extra features:
A brief history of Bath Abbey
The Klais Organ of Bath Abbey
The Music

An audio CD of the recital programme is also included

Total performance duration:  69:37

Production credits

Filming/recording dates: 31 March–2 April, 20–21 May, 28 August 2014, and 28 September 2015

Producer/Engineer: Gary Cole

Assistant Engineer: Steve Swinden

Filmed by Goodmedia Ltd

Camera operators: Piotr Hawrylczak and Fay Goodman – www.goodmedia.co.uk

Additional filming by Gary Cole

Assistant: Rachel Cole


DVD Images: Courtesy of Bath Abbey, National Portrait Gallery, shutterstock.com, and various private collections

Performance video contains audio tracks in Dolby Digital stereo and AC3 5.0 surround.

Extra features are in Dolby Digital stereo

Produced by Regent Records Ltd

Executive Producer: Gary Cole

Sample audio extracts


King is a fine organist at the helm of a fine instrument, and steers Mendelssohn’s E minor Fugue to a superbly articulated resplendent close. At lightning speed he scuds effortlessly up and down across three keyboards at the end of Eben s Moto Ostinato – sonically and visually spectacular – and he crowns an invigorating workout with Reubke’s formidable Sonata on the 94th Psalm. The Allegro con fuocoso snarls and spits; its Fugue bristles with Old Testament brimstone. Reubke to relish! ‘   BBC Music January 2017

‘.Now organist emeritus, King’s knowledge of the versatile instrument and the Abbey’s warm and clear acoustics is second to none, and it shows in this pleasing recitial…The wide-ranging, adroitly chosen programme shows off various facets of the organ… King’s booklet notes are informative and the choice of accompanying images both inside and outside the Abbey are well chosen. Recorded sound is excellent.’ Choir and Organ November 2016

‘..an organist to rank with the finest’ theclassicalreviewer.com

‘The audio-visual DVD has all the hallmarks of being edited by a musician (less frequent than one imagines). The cutaway shots return when there are moments of virtuosic interest, with judicious focus on the feet and pedalling. The falling ladder sequence in Les Anges and the babbling springs in Naiades are not throwaway shots, but encourage a deeper appreciation of the music….We have come to expect brilliant sound quality from Regent, and this disc does not disappoint….this release is a triumph for Regent Records, for Klais, for Bath Abbey but most of all for Peter King. It is a disc I will treasure.’ 
Cathedral Music 1/2017

‘glorious music played supremely well and the visual tour around one of the loveliest church buildings in the kingdom.’  Crossrhythms.co.uk