In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
One of the world's most celebrated ensembles, The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Championing the work of young and established composers, they remain consummate entertainers; a class-act with a delightfully British wit. From Gesualdo and Gyorgy Ligeti to Michael Buble, The King's Singers are instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, their impeccable vocal blend, the flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing.
During the 2011-12 concert season, The King's Singers will perform across the world in some of the world's most beautiful concert halls including the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Berlin Philharmonie, and the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. The King's Singers will travel to France, Germany, the US and Canada, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Armenia, Belgium and the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Finland, Mexico, Japan, Korea and China, and will be featured artists at the prestigious Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in July 2011.
With a discography of well over 150 recordings The King's Singers have garnered both awards and significant critical acclaim. Their studio album Simple Gifts on Signum was awarded a Grammy in 2009. Swimming over London, a disc that aligns KS 'favourites' with new songs and new arrangements was released in 2010, alongside a world premiere recording of Music for Vespers by Pachelbel with Charivari Agreable. While touring the USA in February 2010, The King's Singers recorded an album with renowned Concordia College Choir including KS commissions by Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott which will be released in 2011. Over the Christmas season, the group released J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, a disc of Bach's classic work in jazz arrangements by Bill Dobbins, and recorded a performance of their Joy to the World programme at London's Cadogan Hall, released as a 'live burn' on the day of the concert.
The King's Singers maintain a deep commitment to new choral music and have commissioned over 200 works from a host of prominent contemporary composers including Richard Rodney Bennett, Luciano Berio, Peter Maxwell Davies, Gyorgy Ligeti, Gian Carlo Menotti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ned Rorem, John Rutter, Toru Takemitsu, and John Tavener.
The King's Singers have an extraordinary history on television. A favourite of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with whom they performed as part of the Winter Olympics, they appeared on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas Concert to a combined live audience of 80,000 which was television broadcast on PBS across the US and is available on DVD. Following their televised BBC Proms performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London (also available on DVD - awarded a Midem International Classical Award in January 2010) and appearances on BBC Breakfast television, The King's Singers appeared on Songs of Praise on BBC television (BBC One) three times in 2010, including a Christmas special.
In addition to their sold-out concerts worldwide, The King's Singers share their artistry through numerous workshops and master classes. They have clocked up phenomenal sales of sheet music with over two million pieces of print in circulation with current publisher Hal Leonard. The King's Singers' arrangements are sung by schools, college choirs and amateur and professional ensembles the world over.
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Review: One of Germanys best-loved classical performers joins forces with a legendary close-harmony group for a winter-themed album to bring warmth to the dark months of the year: Albrecht Mayer & The Kings Singers. The pairing of probably the worlds most famous and accomplished oboist, with the UKs celebrated vocal ensemble The Kings Singers is a heavenly musical partnership. The interplay of colors, melodies and harmonies between these performers enchant and delight in Baroque, classical and seasonal favorites. Mayer, the oboist with the magical tone, is renowned for the sublime singing quality of his playing. On Let It Snow the tone of his oboe blends magnificently with the silky sounds of a group that has been entertaining audiences across the globe since 1968. This specially chosen mixed-genre program is woven around the theme of winter: snow, ice, fireplaces, sleigh rides, Christmas, New Years, Chanukah.
Songlist: Let It Snow, Adagio, Baby, It's Cold Outside, She Moved Through The County Fair, Aleih Neiri, Winter, Es Ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Jingle Bells, What Child Is This?, Sinfonia, The Wild Wood Carol, Frhlingstraum, Srnade d'hiver
Review: The King's Singers explore the folk songs and melodies of the world in a new program entitled Postcards. "In our travels we have amassed a wonderful collection of folk songs and popular songs from numerous countries, many of which we use as encores when we visit," said KS, "The influences and sources are extraordinarily far-ranging, and each song has its own local characteristics. To celebrate the diversity of music that we perform and the numerous countries we visit each concert season, we have recorded an album of some of our favorite folk songs from around the world."
Songlist: Feller from Fortune , Tico Tico no Fuba, Es dunkelt schon in der Heide, Star of the County Down, My love is like a red, red rose, Jeg gik mig ud en sommerdag, Vito, Contigo Aprendi, Zai no yao yuan de di fang, Suo Gan, Egoli, Baylere, Little David play on your harp, Esti Dal, Mein kleiner gruner Kaktus, Arrirang, Pokarekare Ana, Oak and the Ash, Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare), Tuoll on mun kultani, Botany Bay, Pasional
Review: GRAMMY-Award winners in 2009, The King's Singers are one of the world's most celebrated ensembles. Their programming concept in this disc is unique: built upon the individual clauses of The Lord's Prayer, beginning and ending in plainchant, it ranges over the centuries to explore the spiritually charged text. Chant is at the heart of the programme, and each composer's setting illuminates the others, shedding rich interpretative light on the poetic and devotional aspects of the prayer.
Songlist: Pater noster , Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes, Benedicimus Deum Coeli , Holy is the True Light, Masses, Book 2: Missa Papae Marcelli: Sanctus, Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel, Vigilate, Cantate Domino, 4 Petites prieres de Saint Francois d'Assise, Domine Dominus noster, Notre Pere, Op. 14, Oculi omnium, Ego sum panis vivus, The Lord's Prayer, Remember not, Lord, our offences, Popule meus, Mass: The Lord's Prayer, Lord, for Thy tender mercy's sake, Ad te levavi animam meam, Pater noster
IÕve Got the World on a String
Review: Around the time The King's Singers was starting up, one of the most productive periods of songwriting in history was coming to a close in America, starting with composers such as Gershwin, Kern, Berlin and Porter in the early 1920s, and continuing through to the early 1960s. In this new 2-CD studio recording - featuring brand new a cappella arrangements by jazz composer and arranger Alexander L'Estrange, and swing-orchestra performances with the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra - The King's Singers bring their own unique performance style to this wonderful music.
Songlist: I've Got the World on a String, Begin the Beguine, I've Got You Under My Skin, It's De-Lovely, Night and Day, Let's Misbehave, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, I Won't Dance, Cry Me a River, Beyond the Sea, When I Fall in Love, Cheek to Cheek, My Funny Valentine, The Lady Is a Tramp, The Best Is Yet To Come, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, At Last
Review: Few composers of any age have enjoyed the widespread admiration and unanimous praise of successive generations as Josquin Desprez. He is considered the greatest creator and innovator of musical composition during the Renaissance, and for some half a millennium his music has stood the test of time. He is remembered as much for his own works as for his lasting influence on those of his contemporaries and students, demonstrated in many of the compositions in tribute of 'the master' featured in this programme. The programme's centrepiece is Jean Richafort's Requiem mass (missa pro defunctis), a tribute that employs several of Josquin's compositional devices. The King's Singers once again demonstrate their versatility and trademark precision in this new programme devised by leading early-music scholar and conductor David Skinner.
Songlist: Musae Jovis a 4, Musae Jovis a 6, Salve regina, Dum vastos Adriae fluctus, O mors inevitabilis, Requiem in Memoriam Josquin Desprez, Introitus, Kyrie, Graduale, Offertorium, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Communio, Nymphes, nappes
Review: A fabulous 2-CD collection drawn from their now extensive catalogue on Signum Records. The first CD includes titles from Christmas along with music from Landscape and Time, Treason and Discord, Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories, Sacred Bridges, Siglio d'Oro, Romance du soir, From the heart, High Flight and the 2012 release Royal Rhymes and Rounds. The second CD includes many of their wonderful arranged and impeccably sung covers of today's popular music.
Songlist: Onnis on inimene, Gloria , In Monte Oliveti, Bogoroditsye Dyevo, Civitas sancti tui, The Lamb, Mon Dieu, j'ai en toi esperance (Psalm 7), My heart is a holy place, Versa est in luctum, In ieiunio et fletu, Shir hama'a lot.Ashrei koi yere (Psalm 128), Esti Dal, Rakastava, Calme des Nuits, Music, When Soft Voices Die, Lightly she whipped o'er the dales, The Silver Swan, Days, from Even such is time, Lux Aurumque, Shall I Compare Thee...?, Lullabye (Goodnight, my angel), You are the new day, She's always a woman to me, Greensleeves, Valparaiso, Hide and seek, Home, Straighten up and fly right, The gift to be simple, Blue Skies, Recipe for Love, Hallelujah, Swing low, sweet chariot, I'm yours, Silent Love, Blackbird, After The Goldrush, Out of the woods, Swimming over London, Steal away
Review: On a new disc to celebrate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, The King's Singers present a selection of works from the past 500 years written in honor of the great monarchs of Britain. Starting with works for Henry VIII, the program covers the Elizabethan "Triumphs of Oriana" by composers such as Gibbons, Mundy and Dowland; a very Victorian selection of dedicatory works by Elgar, Parry and Parratt; choral arrangements from the opera Glorianna by Benjamin Britten; a new piece by Paul Drayton that comically pens "A Rough GUitde to the Royal Succession."
Songlist: Pasttime with good companie, Ah, Robin, gentle Robin, Blow thy horn, hunter, It is to me a right great joy, Hey, trolly lolly lo!, Long live fair Oriana, The Silver Swan, Fair Oriana, beauty's queen, Lightly she whipped 'er the dales, Flow, O my tears, Weep, O mine eyes, As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending, The Triumph of Victoria, Who can dwell with greatness?, To her beneath whose steadfast star, Choral Dances from Gloriana, Time, Concord, Time and Concord, Country Girl, Rustics and Fishermen, Final Dance of Homage, Paul Drayton
Review: A must-have for choral-aficionados everywhere! Perhaps the world's finest a cappella ensemble The King's Singers join forces with The Concordia Choir - one of the USA's best collegiate choirs - to perform works by by some of the best composers of the day Eric Whitacre, Bob Chilcott and Morten Lauridsen. One would have high expectations of such a stellar combination and this recordings amply fills those expectations and more. Included here is The King's Singers' more considered interpretation of ""Lux Aurumque", alongside their witty version of Chilcott's settings of poems by cummings, Joyce, Larkin and Raleigh in "Even Such Is Time". A standout is The Concordia Choir's rendition of Whitacre's "Cloudburst" which thrills.
Songlist: Oculi Omnium, O Nata Lux, Lux Aurumque, Even such is time , Anyone lived in a pretty how town, A flower given to my daughter , Days, Even such is time, Cloudburst , High Flight, This Marriage , O Magnum Mysterium, Alone, The Stolen Child, A Thanksgiving
O little one sweet
Review: The first new Christmas CD from the King's Singers since their popular 2004 release "Christmas", this new disc sets an eclectic assortment of modern Christmas classics with special arrangements of some much loved favourites. "Precise intonation, instinctive articulation, a downy, luxuriant tone, all captured in an excitingly lifelike recording" - International Record Review. "The King's Singers' style is beautifully detailed, and even the most familiar carols sound fresh." - Classic FM Magazine
Songlist: Rise up, shepherd, and follow, Gabriel's message, Noel nouvelet , What child is this?, The crown of roses , O little one sweet, Lullay my liking, Stille Nacht , The quiet heart , There is a flower, Joy to the world , Serenade d'hiver, The twelve days of Christmas , Gaudete, God rest you merry gentlemen , The little drummer boy , Jingle bells, Deck the hall with boughs of holly
Review: From their successful concert performances with the British pop star Mika, here are the King's Singers' settings of several of his most popular songs. Imaginative, joyful and empowering, this music is unique in the world of a cappella!
Songlist: Any Other World, By The Time, Grace Kelly, Lady Jane, Lollipop, Over My Shoulder, Rain, Toy Boy
Review: After the success of The King's Singers last DVD 'Live at the BBC Proms' this new video performance recorded at LSO St Luke's in London sets an eclectic assortment of modern Christmas classics with special arrangements of some much loved favourites. Ranging from the beautiful simplicity of Michael Pretorius's Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen to the mad capers of Gordon Langford's arrangement of Deck the hall, this is a delightful programme which reflects a typical live King's Singers Christmas show. The DVD also features a 10-minute bonus documentary feature, titled "Life as a King's Singer".
Songlist: Veni, veni Emmanuel, Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Rise up, shepherd, and follow, Lullay my liking, Gaudete, There is a flower, Noel nouvelet, Villancico Catalan, O little one sweet, La peregrinacion, Stille Nacht, Joy to the world, El nino querido, Born on a new day, Jingle Bells, Christmas song, God rest you merry gentlemen, The little drummer boy, Deck the hall
Review: This collection of selected songs from the King's Singers album Swimming over London is a mixture of King's Singers pop favorites and brand new songs and arrangements.
Songlist: Andromeda, Angel , By The Time, Don't Know Why, Hide and Seek, Home, I'm Yours, It's A New World, Lazybones/ Lazy River, Swimming Over London
Review: A stunning new jazz arrangement by Bill Dobbins of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, performed by Grammy-award-winning ensembles The King's Singers and the WDR (West German Radio, Cologne) Big Band. Recorded live in concert last year, this performance captures the timeless and versatile nature of Bach's work, retaining the integrity of the original within a wholly new musical setting. Dobbins's aims in creating the arrangement were four-fold: to convey the Christmas story of the original; to illustrate the musical diversityand imagination of the entire work through selected representative numbers from the original six cantatas;to translate the musical content and dramatic character of the original into jazz and latin idioms while retaining the spirit of Bach's music; and to showcase the talents of the ensembles.
Songlist: Erster Teil, Zewiter Teil, Dritter Teil, Vierter Teil, Funffer Teil, Sechster Teil
Recipe for Love
Review: After the 2009 Grammy Award-winning Simple Gifts and a world premiere recording of Pachelbel Vespers in March 2010, internationally-acclaimed vocal group The King's Singers return to the studio to record Swimming Over London. Featuring a diverse array of songs, this latest release captures jazz classics, current hits, and more, all arranged, performed, and recorded with the meticulous attention to detail and artistry that has established The King's Singers as one of the finest vocal ensembles throughout their history. Swimming Over London includes five original songs, commissioned specifically for the disc and written by Mia Makaroff, composer and arranger for Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton; Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock; Roger Treece, arranger and performer in Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra ensemble; Alexander L'Estrange, composer and arranger for the Swingle Singers; and Bob Chilcott, a former King's Singer. Chilcott, a respected composer of vocal music, wrote the title track for the album, an evocative tale of a woman stretching her way over London to the coast based on a poem by Charles Bennett. Roger Treece, renowned arranger for groups including Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices, composed an original song ("Keeper of the Seasons") and arranged two contrasting songs: Sarah McLachlan's beautiful "Angel" and Pat Metheny's "September 15th."
Songlist: Swimming over London, I'm Yours, Angel, By the Time, September 15th / Keeper of the Seasons, It's a New World, Don't Let Go, Hide & Seek, Lazy Bones / Up a Lazy River, Andromeda, Recipe for Love, Silent Love , Straighten Up and Fly Right, Home
Review: The music contained in this CD represents a selection of Vespers movements written by Johann Pachelbel. The King's Singers are truly remarkable. They continue to be one of the most sought-after and critically acclaimed vocal ensembles in the world, performing a rich and varied repertoire from Gesualdo to Gyorgy Ligeti and Michael Buble. Internationally recognized for their work in the classical field, they retain the sparkle that delights so many fans when they perform much loved numbers from the lighter end of the repertoire. Whatever the music The King's Singers are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, their impeccable vocal blend, the flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. 'Charivari Agreable is one of the most versatile Early Music groups around at the moment; under its benign director, Kah-Ming Ng, it appears to be infinitely adaptable, finding musicians who can fit into any of its many and varied programmes' (International Record Review). They represent 'a new and very exciting phase of the early music revival, one that enriches the existing repertory and can bring us ever closer to the spirit of the original music' (Gramophone).
Songlist: Ingressus in C minor , Magnificat in C major, Sonata a 5 in A minor, Ingressus in E minor, Ingressus in G major, Ingressus in G minor, Sonata a 5 in G minor, Magnificat in F major, Ingressus in B-flat major
Review: An eclectic mix of five modern songs on an EP. "My heart is a holy place" - Patricia Van Ness has rearranged and extended the beautiful 'Cor meum est templum sacrum' for The King's Singers to become 'My heart is a holy place'. "Conceit" - A haunting piece written for The King's Singers in 2009 by Graham Lack with text by writer/poet Mervyn Peake, in which things may not always be as they first appear. "Pie Jesu" - British classical radio presenter and former rock guitarist, John Brunning, wrote a simple setting of 'Pie Jesu' three years ago, and it became an instant hit in the UK. "Out of the Woods" - Bluegrass band Nickel Creek's song. 'Out of the Woods' has great harmonies, a wonderful folksy melody and a mesmeric improvisation section. Arranged by Philip Lawson. "Hallelujah" - One of a huge number of hit songs from the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, arranged here by Philip Lawson.
Songlist: My Heart Is A Holy Place, Conceit, Pie Jesu, Out of the Woods, Hallelujah
Review: Legendary performances on CD for the first time. Described by Gramophone as possessing an "impeccably manicured vocal blend, enchanting the ear from first to last note," The King's Singers maintain the highest caliber of a cappella performance and continue to be one of the most sought-after and critically acclaimed vocal ensembles in the world. Recognition of that fact was underlined by a prestigious Grammy Award in the 2009 ceremony.
Songlist: Si la noche se hace oscura, Prelude, Pastorcico, non te aduermas, dime a do tienes las mientes, pase el agua ma julieta. Danza., Canto, Interlude, Rosa das Rosas. Cantiga de Santa Maria, Maravillosos et Piadosos. Cantiga de Santa Maria, Tres morias m'enamoram, Postlude, Haceme vivir penada, Requiem Aeternam, Kyrie Eleison, Dies Irae, Offertorium, Sanctus, Hosanna, Agnus Dei, Libera me
Review: The popularity of Chinese folk music makes this King's Singers collection especially useful by choirs worldwide. Includes English translations and pronunciation helps.
Songlist: Diu Diu Tang (Drip, Drip, Plop), Hsiao Cheng Ku Shih (Small Town Story), Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower), Tien Kung Lok Sui (Rain Is Falling From the Sky), Zai Na Yao Yuan De Di Dang (In The Distant Place)
O Happy Eyes
Review: Combining perennial favorites with wonderful new discoveries, these immediately appealing pieces reflect the much-loved repertoire at the heart of a King's Singers program with the skill and flair that distinguishes the group as one of the world's most popular a cappella ensembles. Includes works by Elgar, Schumann, Schubert and Saint-Saens, as well as a new piece by popular American composer Libby Larsen. This latest venture between Signum Classics and The King's Singers follows hot on the heels of a Live DVD and CD release of their 2008 performance for the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert hall and the 2008 Grammy-nominated album Simple Gifts.
Songlist: Calmes des Nuits, Music, When Soft Voices Die, O Happy Eyes, Liebe, Love, Draw On Sweet Noght, Waldesnacht, Toutes les Nuitz, Serenade d'Hiver, Ach Elslein, Ritornelle, Weep,Weep, Mine Eyes, Traumlicht, A Lover's Journey, Romance du Soir, The Long Day
Review: Based on their Grammy Award-winning album, this compilation by The King's Singers features an eclectic collection of songs. A stunning variety of folksongs, spirituals and pop songs.
Songlist: Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Deep River, The Gift to Be Simple, Helplessly Hoping, I Love My Love, She's Always a Woman, The Turtle Dove, Valparaiso, When She Loved Me, You Are The New Day, You Can Close Your Eyes
Review: From the King's Singers' exquisite album The Quiet Heart - Choral Essays Volume 1, drawn from the sacred repertoire of the Salvation Army, these 13 selections are a reflective musical journey into the spirit. The invitation to perform in March 2005 as guest of the marvellous Hendon Salvation Army Band in heir special concert "Hendon Highlights" at London's Royal Festival Hall led to a relationship which resulted in the re-arranging and recording of 19 beautiful hymns for the CD, The Quiet Heart, on the SP&S label.Rather then just perform what were in many cases simple four-part hymns, they decided to take advantage of their six-part status, and so the hymns were mostly re-arranged with the inclusion of low 5ths to complement bass notes, double tunes (soprano and baritone) and the occasional extra harmony note. Some had Piano accompaniment, so for these they either converted them into vocal accompaniments or wrote a new vocal pattern to go with the tune. So here is the companion volume to the CD, in which we have included 13 of the tracks in the exact voicings as heard on the album. They work equally well in a concert hall or in a church.
Songlist: All For Thee, By His Hand, Christ's Part, Even Me, Grant Us Thy Peace, His Provision, Home To Thee (From Reflections), In The Secret Of Thy Presence, Intercede, O Lord, The Quiet Heart, Spirit Divine, To The Hills, When We Cannot See Our Way
Review: To celebrate their 40th anniversary the Kings Singers compiled a collection of their most-requested arrangements from the past 15 years since the release of the still best-selling 25th anniversary songbook. Some. like "Danny Boy", "All I Ask Of You" and "Blackbird" date from earlier in the group's history but are still performed regularly by the group and choirs all over the world. Others, such as "Down To The River To Pray", "Under The Sea" and "Africa" have already established themselves in the repertoire of many groups they come in contact with on their tours. Here, then, is a carefully selected mix of folk songs, pop songs and spirituals plus the exquisite Victorian parlor song "The Long Day Closes".
Songlist: Africa, All I Ask of You, Blackbird, Danny Boy, Down to The River to Pray, The Little Drummer Boy, The Long Day Closes, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Penny Lane, Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Under The Sea, The Water Is Wide
Review: Experience the insights, the expertise, the inspiration and the fun of the King's Singers in concert at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, Texas, in rehearsal, in informal interviews and in workshops. The group uses various high school choirs, in a workshop setting, to demonstrate their philosophy and approach. The King's Singers, wearing casual apparel, gently and humorously coach their charges on important but subtle details of phrasing, dynamics and most importantly, interpretation, as on Bob Chilcott's arrangement of "Shenandoah." The group, in spite of their daunting technical know-how, make the point that fun while singing is the purpose; the obviously warm rapport they have amongst themselves is ample evidence that this is so!
April Come She Will
Review: "Simple Gifts" is a very rare and special gift to us, as it represents the first full a cappella studio album by the legendary King's Singers in 10 years. Arguably the most popular a cappella group of all time, whose flawless harmonies grace over 30 finely-crafted CDs and a slew of songbooks in the Primarily A Cappella online catalog, we will assume that you know how good these six British men really are. So let's talk about some of the 16 carefully-selected songs: Billy Joel's classic "She's Always A Woman," James Taylor's sublime "You Can Close Your Eyes," the traditional joyous round "The Gift to Be Simple," Stephen Stills' harmonic CSN&Y gem "Helplessly Hoping," some wonderfully-arranged spirituals, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Deep River," "The Water is Wide" and "Steal Away," all of which feature some sweet deep bass leads. Randy Newman's poignant "When She Loved Me," Sting's "Valparaiso," Paul Simon's "April Come She Will Come" these are some of our picks for the most beautiful songs of all time. They are arranged by group member Phillip Lawson, Bob Chilcott and Peter Knight, and then sung as beautifully as you can imagine by the King's Singers. The King's Singers incredible blend and tuning goes to ensure that this is probably their finest recording in a long time. Enough said!
Songlist: She's Always A Woman, You Can Close Your Eyes, Greensleeves, The Gift to be Simple, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Helplessly Hoping, Deep River, Black is the Color, I Love My Love, The Water is Wide, When She Loved Me, Valparaiso, The Turtle Dove, April Come She Will, Steal Away, You are the New Day
Pia et dolorosa mater
Review: "For a group like ours the choice of repertoire for recording often seems bewilderingly large. So why did we choose Portugese, Spanish and Mexican music from the period known as the Siglo de Oro - the Golden Age? The idea came from our church concert programs, where acoustics, space and atmosphere allow great scope for drama. Beginning at the back of the church with Crux fidelis and slowly moving eastwards as the piece unfolds has proved to be a magical way to start. More than one audience member has told us that if the concert had ended after that one piece, they would have gone home happy. But that would have denied them the chance of hearing one of the most famous pieces from this era - Alonso Lobo's incredible version of Versa est in luctum, which often closes the first half of the concerts." - The King's Singers
Songlist: Crux fidelis, Kyrie (Mass Mille Regretz), Versa est in luctum, In ieiunio et fletu, Versa est in luctum, Lamentations, Versa est in luctum, Pia et dolorosa mater, Versa est in luctum, Libera me
Review: Enjoy the applause as your group performs some of the most often requested King's Singers selections in a variety of styles.
Songlist: The Barber of Seville Overature, Chanson D'Amour, The Creole Love Call, Honey Pie, I Know an Old Lady (There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly),, If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band), Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, The Pirate King, Seaside Rendezvous
Review: The King's Singers present a disc of some of their best and most requested repertoire. We are all shaped, perhaps unconsciously, by the landscape and time in which we live. This evocative and spiritual programme, which contains five King's Singers commissions, explores the links between human life and it's surroundings through the different personal languages of poets and composers. Music from the Orkneys to the American desert, from Finland, Estonia and England to Hungary and Japan makes this one of the King's Singers finest recordings in years.
Songlist: The Seasons of His Mercies, Scenes in America Deserta, Taaveti laulud , Taaveti laul, Onnis on inimene, Taaveti laul 141, Taaveti laul 121, Remembered Love , House of Winter , Rakastava , Esti Dal , Even Such is Time
Review: "Spem in alium," not just the greatest of Tallis's compositions but one of the greatest of all time, is based on a liturgical text, written for 40 independent voices, and was first performed in England in 1573. A work for 40 voices is not one that would usually be associate with the legendary all male sextet The King's Singers. Through modern recording technology, flexibility and experimentation, the six have become 40, a true harmonic convergence that occurs when the pairs high, sweet voices throw the sound across the space between them until finally all voices join for a full culmination of the work. "Spem" is a stunningly beautiful piece, although very short, eight minutes and 22 seconds to be precise, and we listened to it several times to truly appreciate it. The piece is followed by a 6-minute interview with the Singers, who discuss the experience of recording it. A short sublimely beautiful piece, recorded by one of the world's finest choral ensembles. SACD
Songlist: Spem in AliumThomas Tallis, Interview with the King's Singers
Review: The King's Singers were the first to apply choral technique to popular material and Colouring Book concentrates on their unforgettable arrangements of international pop hits of the sixties and early seventies. Some of the selections are drawn from their sessions with Beatles' producer George Martin including the remarkable 'She's Leaving Home'. Several of their Lennon and McCartney recordings are well represented here alongside songs written by the other giants of contemporary pop; Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, David Bowie and Neil Young. To these diverse writers, the King's Singers bring their beautiful tone, balance and synchronization with equally marvelous effect.
Songlist: She's Leaving Home, The Game, I Love You Samantha, Windmills Of Your Mind, After The Goldrush, Life On Mars, Watch Me, Michelle , Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigby, I'm A Train, Morning Has Broken, Building A Wall, My Colouring Book, Orange Yellow Ochre, A Taste Of Honey, Strawberry Fields Forever
Review: For nearly 40 years, the King's Singers have delighted audiences around the world with their charm, wit and incomparable musicianship. Esteemed for the authenticity of their period style and their exemplary word painting, the King's Singers are "still unmatched for their musicality and sheer ability to entertain" (The London Times). Joining them for this recording is Sarband, an instrumental ensemble renowned for demonstrating the connections between European, Islamic and Jewish musical cultures. Celebrating the symbiotic relationship between the Orient and the Occident, Sarband's mission is to show that music is a form of communication in which people can find common ground and respect for one another. On Sacred Bridges, these two groups unite in celebration of the rich connections - literally sacred bridges - between Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The program consists of settings of four Psalms of David to music by Christian, Jewish and Muslim composers that demonstrate the central importance of the works to the three religions. The artists demonstrate that by examining the similarities and bridges among each religion, we can forge tolerance and understanding in a world that desperately needs more of each.
Songlist: Psalm 124, Psalm 9, Psalm 6 , Psalm 6 , Psalm 113 , Psalm 118 , Psalm 2 , Psalm 7 , Psalm 2 , Psalm 2 , Psalm 5 , Psalm 128
Review: After years at the pinnacle of a cappella choral music, the King's Singers show no sign of slowing down, as their creativity and number of appearances throughout the world remain undimmed. In what has been described as their 3rd generation, "Six" is a tasty sampler spanning the life of the group since their founding in the explosive rock decade of the 1960s. The spiritual "Down In The River To Pray" appeared in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", arranged by Singer Phillip Lawson, who also arranged this sublime cover of Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)." Lennon/McCartney's "Blackbird" is one of the most-requested encores in the KS' live concert repertoire. "The Wishing Tree" by former Divine Comedy member Joby Talbot, was commissioned by the KS and the BBC. Irving Berlin's moody jazz classic "Blue Skies" is sung in a cool and reflective arrangement by Singer Richard Bennett. The final cut is a soaring, surreal arrangement of Neil Young's deathless, "After the Goldrush," which takes our breath away and leaves us wanting to hear much more. One forgets just how exceptional the King's Singers are, until one is able to see them live, or one settles back next to the stereo in a comfortable chair and lets the beauty of these "Six" wash over him like a subtle, perfect tide.
Songlist: Down to the River to Pray, Blackbird, The Wishing Tree , Lullabye , Blue Skies , After the Goldrush
Review: On November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes was caught preparing to detonate 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords, unveiling and act of attempted treason that shocked the whole of Europe.Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, the King's Singers and Concordia illuminate the dangers of hearing Mass in secret, of conspiracy and downfall, and the protestant relief and great joy. The music, structured around Byrd's perfect 4-part Mass, contains motets by catholic composers, protestant anthems celebrating the downfall of the plot, and a commission from the British composer, Francis Pott, Master Tresham: His Ducke. A script, drawing on historic texts and reproduced in the CD booklet, uses the dramatized persona of William Byrd, the most celebrated composer of his age, to recreate the atmosphere of change and hope in the Jacobean court.
Songlist: George Washington's Almand , Kyrie from Mass for 4 voices , A Fancie , Gloria from Mass for 4 voices , Ardens est cor meum , Civitas sancti tui , Ave Maria gratia plena , Credo from Mass for 4 voices , Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral , O Lord how joyful is the King , From Virgin's womb/Rejoice, rejoice , M. Bucton's Galliard , Sanctus/Benedictus from Mass for 4 voices , Master Tresham: His Ducke , Agnus Dei from Mass for 4 voices
Review: A lush a cappella setting - Billy Joel's hit ballad 'And So It Goes,' arranged by Bob Chilcott, is one of the King's Singers' most requested arrangements. 'Lullaby,' now available in a revised edition with optional parts for a second choir, this sweet and simple lullaby by Billy Joel on his River of Dreams album is stunning. Lush harmonies and challenging vocal lines will inspire singers to do their best in the new arrangement of the Billy Joel classic 'She's Always a Woman.'
Songlist: Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel), She's Always A Woman, And So It Goes
Review: From the King's Singers' Beatles album, 'Penny Lane' has been one of the most requested by choir directors. The excellent writing of Chilcott breathes new life into this favorite. From the King's Singers and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra "Music of the Beatles" album, 'When I'm 64' is a fun and swinging arrangement of the Lennon and McCartney classic. Featuring inventive jazz band-style vocal accompaniments throughout, everyone gets their turn singing the clever lyrics of the melody. From their recording, Beatles Connection, the often-requested arrangement of 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' is available for the first time. The setting of the heart-felt Lennon and McCartney ballad, 'Here, There and Everywhere' is featured on the King's Singers and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra "Music of the Beatles" album. In this Paul Hart arrangement, the melody is supported by gentle rhythms and countermelodies in the other voices. A perfect opportunity to feature soloists.
Songlist: Penny Lane, When I'm 64, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Here, There and Everywhere
Review: A magnificent 6-part setting of Psalm 118:24 by William Byrd, 'Haec Dies' offers a glimpse into the splendor of the English Renaissance. The lilting English folksong, 'I Love My Love' is one of a group of great arrangements in the King'singers' repertoire. In 'O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth Thy Queen,' a choral tribute to Queen Elizabeth I, William Byrd's great compositional artistry is fully evident, with long sustained phrases, bass pedal tones, and striking dissonances. This challenging and substantial work is ideal for madrigal groups and advanced ensembles. 'She Moved Through The Fair' and 'The Star of the County Down' are two of the King's Singers' favorite and most-requested Irish ballad. The evocative setting of 'The Turle Dove,' one of the most treasured folksongs of all time, is new to the King's Singers' repertoire. Sure to become a classic!
Songlist: Haec Dies, I Love My Love, O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth, Our Queen, She Moved Through The Fair, The Star Of The County Down, The Turtle Dove
Review: This gently flowing setting of the traditional Scottish folksong "Loch Lomond" is a perpetual favorite in King's Singers' concerts. This arrangement by David Overton is simple and straightforward offering contrasts between the flowing interludes and the homophonic choruses. The haunting melody of the Canadian folk song " She's Like the Swallow" is accented by a lyric vocal accompaniment. Perfect for large group or ensemble use. This lilting English folksong " I Love My Love" is one of a group of great arrangements in the King'singers' repertoire. "Furusato (Homeland) is a tender tribute to home, this Japanese folk song's sentiment is touching to all. Includes Japanese and English lyrics. " Grandfather's Clock" - This childhood favorite still delights listeners of all ages. Cleverly arranged, it makes a great closer or encore.
Songlist: She's Like the Swallow, Grandfather's Clock, Loch Lomond, I Love My Love, Furusato (Homeland)
Review: Join the King's Singers as they celebrate an English Christmas Eve service. Taken from their album of the same name, these beautiful arrangements will certainly help spread the Christmas message.
Songlist: Ven, Veni Emmanuel, Angelus Ad Virginem, Remember, O Thou Man, Lullay My Liking , Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging, Coventry Carol, Away In A Manger, Es Ist Ein' Ros' Entsprungen, Stille Nacht, La Peregrinacion, Born On A New Day
Review: If you like The King's Singers, you'll love this CD! Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday offers a small slice from the liturgy used for Holy Week. All tracks are superbly performed. The voices weave together to form a solid fabric of stunning polyphony. The responsories, here, are divided into three sets beginning with lessons from the Lamentations of Jeremiah. Gesualdo, an eccentric Italian prince and one of the Renaissance's more innovative composers, is best remembered for killing his wife and her lover while they were in bed together. His guilt over this shocking and passionate act is said to be mirrored in his music with its chromatic and often indulgent lines. The music is liturgical in nature, but this recording can be appreciated inside and out of the sanctuary.
Songlist: Lectio 1, Responsories from 1st Nocturn:, - In Monte Oliveti, - Tristis est anima mea, - Ecce vidimus eum, Lectio 2, Responsories from 2nd Nocturn:, - Amicus meus osculi, - Judas mercator pessimus, - Unus ex discipulis meis, Lectio 3, Responsories from 3rd Nocturn:, - Eram quasi agnus innocens, - Une hora non potuistis, - Seniores populi consilium, Benedictus, Christus factus est
Review: This collection of four-part pieces has been drawn from the King's Singers Madrigal History Tour. Included are pieces intended to illustrate the enormous range of styles within the title madrigal. The introduction has performance notes and translations, with a pronunciation guide in the back. This is an excellent way to introduce madrigals to your group.
Songlist: Dindirin, Dindirin, Fatal La Parte, Cucu, Cucu!, De Los Alamos Vengo, Ach Elslein, Liebes Elselein, Vitrum Nostrum Gloriosum, Wir Zogen In Das Feld, Lirum Bililirum, Alla Cazza, Il Bianco E Dolce Cigno, Matona, Mia Cara, Au Joli Jeu, La La La, Je Ne L'ose Dire, Margot Labourez Les Vignes, Un Gentil Amoureux, Il Est Bel Et Bon, Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting, Heigh Ho! 'Chill Go To Plough No More Fine Knacks For Ladies, Of All The Birds That I Do Know, Adieu, Sweet Amaryllis
Review: Here for the first time in one collection are well-known traditional spirituals in the King's Singers own performing editions. This third volume in the Colour of Song series contains works from their past repertoire as well as two brand new arrangements. Also includes performance notes for each song.
Songlist: Deep River, Down to the River to Pray, Joshua, Keep in the Middle of the Road, Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Stand Still, Jordan, Standing in the Need of Prayer, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Review: Started in 1968 by six Choral Scholars from King's College in Cambridge, the group quickly became a musical force in the UK, and the rest of the world soon followed. Since then they have been delighting audiences with incomparable musicianship, from mediaeval to renaissance, romantic to contemporary, folk and pop. The Singers looked into the music that most touched them to hear and sing in their own childhoods, and "Christmas" is the result-the quintessential classical Christmas CD. 25 perfectly performed songs, some favorites: the traditional Veni, veni Emmanuel" and "This is the truth sent from above," Praetorius' "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen," Bo Holten's "Nowell sing we now," Phillip Lawson's "Lullay my liking," Tchaikovsky' "The Crown of Roses," John Rutter's "There is a flower," Ramirez' "La Peregrinacion," and Gruber's "Stille Nacht." Extensive, multilingual liner notes with all lyrics. Incomparable, trademark King's Singers and soaring vocals throughout.
Songlist: Veni, veni Emmanuel , Angelus ad Virginem , This is the truth sent from above , Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern , Es ist ein Ros' ensprungen , There is no rose , Coventry Carol, Nowell sing we now , Remember, O thou man , In dulci jubilo , Lullay my liking, Bogoroditsye Dyevo , The Lamb , Maria durch ein Dornwald ging , O little one sweet , Bethlehem Down, The Crown of Roses, To us in Bethlem City, Szezo to za prediwo , There is a flower , La Peregrinacion , Away in a manger , Noel nouvelet , Stille Nacht , Born on a New Day
Review: Here are 12 of the King's Singers favorite works of the European Renaissance in their own performing editions. Includes performance notes and translations for each work. Spanish: Otro tal misacantano (Anonymous), Dindirin, dindirin (Anonymous); French: Triste depart (Nicolas Gombert), La, la, la, je ne l'ose dire (Pierre Certon), Au joli jeu du pousse avant (Clement Janequin); German: Tanzen und Springen (Hans Leo Hassler), Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen (Heinrich Isaac); Italian: Parmi di star (Severin Cornet), Il bianco e dolce cigno (Jacques Arcadelt), Chi chilichi (Orlande de Lassus); English: Hark All Ye Lovely Saints (Thomas Weelkes), I Love, Alas, I Love Thee (Thomas Morley).
Songlist: Au Joli Jeu du pousse avant, Chi Chilichi, Dindirin, Dindirin, Hark All Ye Lovely Saints, I Love Alas I Love Thee, Il Bianco E Dolce Cigno, Innsbruck, I Now Must Leave Thee, La, la, la, Je Le Vous Dirai, Otro Tal Misacantano, Parmi Di Star, Tanzen Und Springen, Triste Depart
Review: This delightful collection of 99 rounds, canons and partsongs makes a delightful introduction to part-singing to kids from 6 to 106! The selections are arranged by categories including English Pre-1700 (Secular), Pre-1700 (Sacred), Post 1700, From Around the World and Wordless Rounds. There's also a surprise or two! Includes: Alleluia (Boyce), Christmas Is Coming, Coffee Canon, Come Follow, Come Let Us All A-Maying Go, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hava Na Shira, If Turn'd Topsy Turvy, Jubilate Deo, Mi Gallo, My Dame Hath a Lame Tame Crane, Non Nobis Domine, Oaken Leaves, Shalom Chaverim, The Silver Swan, Summer Is A-Coming In, Tallis' Canon, Viva la Musica, When Jesus Wept and 80 more.
Songlist: Alleluia (Boyce), Chistmas Is Coming, Coffee Canon, Come Follow, Come Let Us All A-Maying Go, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hava Na Shira, If Turn'd Topsy Turvy, Jubilate Deo, Mi Gallo, My Dame Hath a Lame, Tame Crane, Non Nobis Domine, Oaken Leaves, Shalom Chaverim, The Silver Swan, Summer Is A-Coming In, Tallis' Canon, Viva la Musica, When Jesus Wept, and 80 more selections...
Review: England's King's Singers are known for their impeccable musicality. Coupled with the enthralling traditional melodies of Ireland, this intermediate to advanced level collection of ten arrangements will be challenging as well as rewarding and are some of King's Singers favorite and most requested concert selections. This songbook is not only an excellent value, but will become an invaluable addition to your choral library as well.
Songlist: Danny Boy, Eriskay Love Lift, Irish Lullaby, Mairi's Wedding, Molly Malone, Phil the Fluter's Ball, She Moved Through the Fair, The Star of the County Down, 'tis The Last Rose of Summer, Wexford Carol
The fauns and satyrs tripping
Review: The Triumphs of Oriana is an extravagant musical compliment paid to England's Elizabeth I by Thomas Morley, published in 1601. It consists of 25 madrigals by 23 different composers, each madrigal concluding with the refrain, "Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana: Long live fair Oriana." Oriana was a character in a chivalric romance long equated with Elizabeth, and Diana, goddess of chastity, would certainly attend the Virgin Queen. However idealized their pastoral setting, many of the madrigals are excellent, those by Bennet, Weelkes, Cavendish and Morley are well known. As a whole they captured the musical imagination of the time and they continue to intrigue-for instance, who is the mysterious "Bonny-boots" who appears in two of the songs? The soaring tenor and falsetto voices of King's Singers, England's brilliant, prolific male sextet, were made to perform this difficult, eclectic collection. Picking favorites, beside the four previously mentioned, is not easy: Tomkins' "The fauns and satyrs tripping" is lovely, as is "With wreaths of rose and laurel" by Cobbold and "Fair nymphs I heard one telling" by Farmer. "Triumphs" is a choral joy, an ode to a beautiful fantasy from long ago-sung by six men whose voices and talent are fortunately very real. Extensive, interesting liner notes.
Songlist: Hence stars! too dim of light, With angel's face and brightness, Lightly she whipp o'er the dales, Long live fair Orianakings.html, All creatures now are merry-minded, Fair Oriana, beauty's queen, The nymphs and shepherds danced, Calm was the air and clear the sky, Thus Bonny-boots the birthday celebreated, Sing, shepherds all, and in your roundelays, The fauns and satyrs tripping, Come, gentle swains, With wreaths of rose and laurel, Arise, awake, awake, Fair nymphs I heard one telling, The lady Oriana, Hark! did ye ever hear so sweet a singing?, As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending, Fair Orian, in the morn, Round about her charret, Bright Phoebus greets most clearly, Fair Oriana, seeming to wink at folly, Fair Cytherea presents her doves, Hard by a crystal fountain, Come, blessed Byrd
Review: A variety of music from the great flowering of the English choral art in the king'singers' own editions. Includes a general introduction to the era and background on each work. A must for every high school and college choral library! Includes pieces by: William Byrd (Sing Joyfully, Haec Dies), Orlando Gibbons (Drop Drop Slow Tears, The Silver Swan), John Bennett (All Creatures Now, Weep O Mine Eyes), Thomas Weelkes (As Vesta Was), Thomas Morley (Fire Fire), Edward Pierce (Hunting the Hare), Thomas Ravenscroft (A Round of Three Country Dances, The Three Ravens), Thomas Tallis (If Ye Love Me).
Songlist: All Creatures Now, As Vest Was from Latmos Hill Descending, Drop Drop Slow Tears, Fire Fire, Haec Dies, Hunting the Hare, If Ye Love Me, Round of Three Country Dances in One, The Silver Swan, Sing Joyfully, The Three Ravens, Weep, O Mine Eyes
Review: Subtitled "the spirit of Renaissance Spain," this recording has our manly British sextet exploring, with aplomb and panache, the marriage of music and drama that was popularized by Catalan musician Mateo Flecha the Elder. The salubrious accompaniment of the Harp Consort, under the direction of Andrew Lawrence King ("consort" is a period term for an ensemble), sets the stage, as it were, for the unfolding of either courtly and elegant polyphony, or a display of rustic and passionate bravura. The latter, typified by the fiery dance rhythms of the villancicos, and the slow sensual breaths of "Zarambeques" (and bass Stephen Connolly's earthy timbre), are in contrast to the "Benedictus (from Mass for the Dead)" and "Por las Sierras de Madrid," (combining no less than four separate tunes with an improvised treble part, using a form known as qoudlibet). This mixture, blended with both scholarly acumen and a generous dose of unmannered showmanship, makes "Fire-water" a new King's Singers favorite.
Songlist: Vuestros Son Mis Ojos, Enemiga le Soy, Madre, Aquel Pastorcico, Madre, Por las Sierras de Madrid, Benedictus, Otro Tal Misacanto, La Bomba, Dindirin, Dindirin, Rodrigo Martinez, Antes Que Comais a Dios, El Fuego, Diferencias Sobre "Las Vacas", Aleph, Quomodo Sedet Sola Civitas, La Viuda, Oh, Que Bien que Baila Gil!, Zarambeques, Hoy, Gil, en Concejo Abierto
Groovy Kind of Love
Review: With the subtitle of "close-harmony arrangements of timeless songs from famous movies," "Circle Of Life" contains orchestrated versions of well-known themes, such as "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Everything I Do, I Do For You" and "I Will Always Love You." Recorded in Holland in 1996 (with the exception of "Kokomo," the Beach Boys song that appeared on "Spirit Voices"), and therefore available only on import, some of the arrangements are innocuous, while others, such as "Live And Let Die" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" are merely unlikely. An a cappella version of "The Rose," from the film of the same name, is the CD's winner by a landslide.
Songlist: Circle of Life, Kiss From a Rose, Kokomo, Wind Beneath My WIngs, It Had to Be You, Live and Let Die, The Time of My Life, I Heard IT Through the Grapevine, Everything I Do, I Do It for You, The Rose, I Will Always Love You, Groovy Kind of Love
Review: The King's Singers do the Beatles. The songs are interesting, with classic Beatles tunes arranged by members of the King's Singers. Some of the songs are done in different periods and styles, all are accesible and fun to sing. SATB Octavo.
Songlist: Back In The U.S.S.R., Blackbird, Can't Buy Me Love, Eleanor Rigby, Honey Pie, I Feel Fine, I'll Follow The Sun, If I Fell, Michelle, Yesterday, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
Review: This collection is a diverse array of songs and styles. Most are arranged by members of the King's Singers, with background notes from the arranger. The neat thing about this collection is the notes from the Singers on how to sing the different parts, what to watch out for and suggestions on interpretations. SATB Octavo.
Songlist: If Ye Love Me, Dindirin, Dindirin, Plaisir d'amour, Quick! We Have But A Second, S'vivon, Takeda Lullaby, Humpty Dumpty Medley, Blackbird, I Bought Me A Cat, Back In The U.S.S.R., Seaside Rendezvous, Sing We Chant It