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: 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: Recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in 1989, this partially-orchestrated recording (The City Of London Sinfonia on about half the tracks, their brass quintet on another handful), is Britain's King's Singers at their delightful best. This classically-educated male sextet is known for their lively performances - never pedantic, always entertaining. They navigate through the most challenging and thrilling of passages, as wave upon wave of countermelody ascend and crescendo from every quadrant, with apparent ease and confidence. The a cappella arrangements, such as 'The Little Drummer Boy' and 'Stille Nacht' (sung in German), are uncomplicated and soothing, sung with perfect majesty. 'A Little Christmas Music (Medley a la Mozart)' with guest soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, is the CD's heroic odyssey, going completely over the top with reckless abandon!
Songlist: Here We Come A-Wassailing, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, The Little Drummer Boy, I Wonder as I Wander, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprugen, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Stille Nacht, O Little Town of Bethlehem, A Little Christmas Music, The Coventry Carol, The Boar's Head Carol, Gaudete, Joy to the World, Riu, Riu, Chiu, El Nino Querido, Villancico Catalan, Deck the Hall, The Wexford Carol, The Gift (Simple Gifts), Patapan and Farandole
Review: How appropriate that the King's Singers would pay tribute to the seminal pre-world War II German group who had such an influence on the development of a cappella. The Harmonists, who were ultimately forced to disband by the Nazi government, were a six-member ensemble (five voices and a pianist) who were at the vanguard of the cabaret vogue of pre-war Berlin. Their set comprised jazz standards, German lied, classical pieces and a hearty portion of silliness ('My Little Green Cactus,' 'Eins, Zwei, Drei, Vier.' ). The British King's Singers have lovingly selected sixteen songs from the Harmonists' repetoire, which they in turn arranged for themselves, resulting in a happy marriage of both. 'Overture from 'Il Barbiere Di Siviglia'' is a clue to the inspiration of the Swingle Singers; 'Tea for Two' is nothing like the original, but is slowed to ballad tempo, with a host of jazzy chord voicings-a sublime rendition!
Songlist: Veronika, der Lenz its da, Liebling, Mein Herz Lsst Dich Grossen, Night and Day, Mein Kleiner Groner Kaktus, Creole Love Call, Eins, Zwei, Drei, Vier, Stormy Weather, Das ist die Liebe der Matrosen, Ouvet re zu/Overture from the Barber of Seville, Wenn der Wind Weht Uber das Meer, Flight of the Bumblebee, The Donkey Serenade, Gitarren Spielt Auf, Tea for Two, Du armes girl vom Chor, Wochenhund und Sonnenschein
Review: A new budget priced reissue of the classic King's Singers title with their tribute to the USA with four selections from one of the country's most acclaimed songwriters of the current era Paul Simon.
Songlist: Bridge Over Troubled Water , The Sound of Silence, America , Homeward Bound , If You Leave Me Now, Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear , Scissors Cut, It's Lonely at the Top , Vincent , Wichita Lineman
Review: Sparingly accompanied by Renaissance flute, piccolo and a guitar, these traditionals, and the descriptions that accompany them, are a charming introduction to the musical history of Britain. The famous 'Danny Boy,' (a cappella) somehow manages to summarize the grace and suffering of the Irish experience in its earnest melody; likewise, 'Loch Lomond,' (Scottish, also a cappella) brings the rough yet delicate beauty of Scotland to life. Several nineteenth century parlor songs are also included, such as 'Home Sweet Home' and 'Golden Slumbers.' Also, the familiar 'Scarborough Fair,' 'Greensleeves' and 'What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?'
Songlist: Scarborough Fair , Skye Boat Song, What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor? , Annie Laurie, Greensleeves, Danny Boy, The Lincolnshire Poacher, Loch Lomond , The Lass of Richmond Hill , Sally Gardens, The Ash Grove, Aiken Drum , Golden Slumbers , Ar Hyd Y Nos (All Through the Night) , Going to Town , Home Sweet Home, Eriskay Love Lilt, Mairi's Wedding
The Lord Looked Down On Earth
Review: Growing up in the rarified collegiate church music atmosphere at Oxford or Cambridge, the all male sextet The King's Singers, who would go on to re-define a cappella choral perfection, made their debut in London in 1968. In 1970 the acclaimed Viennese-born composer Joseph Horovitz wrote 'Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo, a vocal work in 10 parts for chorus and lead singer, piano, bass and drums. Similarly, British arranger/composer Chris Hazell wrote the music and lyrics for 'Holy Moses,' an accompanied jazz-pop cantata, in 1971, telling the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. The King's Singers were invited to make the first recordings of these two new works in 1972, which were issued on either side of an lp issued by Decca/Argo. The group's ability to adapt their vocal approach to new rhythmic frameworks is clear here, and they prove to be the perfect choice to record this spirited, whimsical material. Listen to 'The People of Fun City,' 'It Looks Like Rain,' 'Forty Days and Nights,' 'Oh What A Wonderful Scene,' 'The Bull Rush Song,' 'The Promise,' 'The Chase' and 'Freedom,' all new to us, to see how listeners of all ages continue to love this recording. And we see a whole new facet to one of our all-time choral group favorites, the King's Singers!
Songlist: Introduction, The Lord Looked Down On Earth, The People Of Fun-City, Then Japhet, Shem And Ham, It Looks Like Rain, For The Floodgates Of Heaven, Forty Days And Nights, For The Lord Closed The Floodgates, Father Noah Please Open The Porthole, Then The Lord Looked Down On The Ark, Oh What A Wonderful Scene, Holy Moses, The Bull Rush Song, The Promise, Moses' Magic Box / The Plague On You, Angel Of Death, The Chase, Freedom, Ten Of The Best / Moses' Farewell
Review: Popular virtuosity exists! Right here on this recording of love songs. Love songs are written from every different point of view and you'll find them all here. True love and false, lost love and found, mother and lover love, fantasy love and down with love are some of the issues, presented in a huge variety of styles and periods. There are others, of course, but in this one album you'll find samples of nearly the entire repertoire of the King's Singers. This is more fun than you can imagine. The arrangements are truly inspired. From vocal acrobatics to vocal instrumentation and back again via some of the most dynamically challenging choral music, you will be delighted, no matter if your normal listening habits are in the classical realm or popular. Some of the composers whose works have been cleverly arranged for this extraordinary recording are Jacques Brel, Franz Schubert, Hoagy Charmichael, Johannes Brahms, Richard Rogers, Henry Purcell and Harold Arlen. We love this recording!
Songlist: Chanson D'Amour, Now Those Days Are Gone, La Valse Mille Temps, Con Amores, La Mia Madre, Who Is Sylvia?, Chitarra D'Amor, I Get Along Without You Very Well, All I Ask of You, Dein Herzlein Mild, My Romance, She's Like the Swallow, Quand Tu Dors Pres De Moi, Love's Philosophy, Alice in Wonderland, Plaisir D'Amour, If Music Be the Food of Love, Le Papillon et la Fleur, Lydia, Phyllis Is My Only Joy, Wenn Ice In Deinen Augen Seh', Down With Love
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 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
Sing we and chant it
Review: Though the madrigal form was imported from Italy (where it evolved from the frottola), it was readily embraced by the English at the end of the sixteenth century. These mostly a cappella versions by the best of the English composers (thirty-five in all) have both a scholarly (as analyzed in great detail in the accompanying liner notes), and entertainment value; who better than England's cherished King's Singers to bring them, once again, to life? Whether it's 'Construe My Meaning,' with it's strophic form and chromaticism, or 'Now Is The Month Of Maying,' with it's more typical bipartite structure for four voices, this CD contains a wealth of enjoyment.
Songlist: A Little Pretty Bonny Lass, Weep No More, Thou Sorry Boy, Shoot False Love, Now Is The Month Of Maying, Four Arms, Two Necks, One Wreathing, Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints Above, Since Robin Hood, Though Philomela Lost Her Love, O Wretched Man, Weep, O Mine Eyes, The Nightingale, The Organ Of Delight, Come, Sirrah Jack, Ho!, Cruel, Behold My Heavy Ending, Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone, Sing We And Chant It, On A Fair Morning, Oft Have I Vowed, Is Love A Boy?, Say, Love, If Ever Thou Didst Find, All At Once Well Met, Construe My Meaning, Lord! When I Think, Cruel, Wilt Thou Persever, Fine Knacks For Ladies, Strike It Up, Tabor, I Love, Alas I Love Thee, Farewell, Dear Love, See, See The Sheperds' Queen, Have I Found Her, Lady Your words Do Spite Me, Were I A King, Come Again, Tan Ta Ra, Cries Mars, Why Should I Love?, This Sweet And Merry Month Of May
Review: Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) was the most influential English composer in his day. He lived at Court from 1543 until his death. He survived the coming into dominance of Protestantism during Edward VI's reign, the restoration of Catholicism under Mary in 1553 and the tumultous tussle leading to the Elizabethan Settlement which devised a new church establishment then dominant for nearly a hundred years. Throughout these changes Tallis continued to write choral liturgical music in both the older Latin motet style and the newer English anthem style. His greatest student was William Byrd (1543-1623) who pushed the authorities with his staunch Catholicism but was such a brilliant composer that he never received more than a heavy fine. Elizabeth awarded them the exclusive rights to publish music in her realm, effectively creating a monopoly. The King's Singers bring us a sampling of the huge output from these two most influential composers, including both motets and anthems. These are performed for the joy of those who love renaissance music, with the musical perfection expected of the best.
Songlist: Haec Dies, Te Lucis Ante Terminum, Beata Viscera Mariae Virginis, Ave Verum Corpus, Vigilate, Viri Galilaei, Te Lucis Ante Terminum, Lamentations Of Jeremiah, First Set, Lamentations Of Jeremiah, Second Set, If Ye Love Me, O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth, Our Queen, Sing Joyfully, Laudibus In Sanctis
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
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: 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: The arranging of the King's Singers is applied to a wide variety of music from the world of pop and rock. Shocking! It's fabulous. The Beach Boys, 'Good Vibrations' is a natural for a group whose capacity to harmonize puts to shame almost anyone who hasn't also shared a lifetime of musical study, practice and performance, as have the King's Singers. There's vocal percussion, acrobatics worthy of the most avant garde practitioners of extended voice techniques, perfected trills and runs that only endless training achieves; and the harmonies, aah such harmonies. Perhaps one reason for this is the counter-tenor voice at the high register rather than needing to rely on the falsetto. It creates a harmonic purity to the chords that is sweeter. Then, of course you have to listen to the 'kazoo' chorus and all the rest of the sound effects in Freddie Mercury's 'Seaside Rendezvous to realize that these singers can do it all! Be sure to catch Ray Stevens 'Freddie Feel-Good' for a fabulous vocal jazz band. Take that, rock 'n rollers, you'll love it!
Songlist: Good Vibrations, Cecilia, Father to Son , The Boxer , Texas Girl at the Funeral of her Father, Seaside Rendezvous , And So It Goes, American Pie , Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy , Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover , That Lonesome Road , Freddie Feel-Good, M.L.K.
Review: The collaboration of W.S.Gilbert (1836-1911) and Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) is one of the legends light opera. Gilbert's writing was known for his piercing, satirical wit which permeated most of his writing. He was a successful journalist, dramatist, poet and even cartoonist. Sullivan, whose father was a band leader, had reached adequate competence on most of the instruments in the band by age eight. He was the composer of popular religious music, operas and an organist of note. Both of these talented men were successful in their own right, but the collaboration of composer and librettist created the most innovative and popular shows in 19th century British musical theater. Both, at different times, were knighted. The perfection of their songs is based on the fact that the two worked closely to match perfectly the lyric with the music, rather than one element being forced to fit the other. The King's Singers are uniquely suited to sing this very British repertoire from H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore and The Gondoliers.
Songlist: A British Tar, The Sun Whose Rays, Take A Pair Of Sparklig Eyes, The Ghosts' High-Noon, Ah, Leave Me Not, A Wand'ring Minstrel, The Pirate King, Tit Willow, With Cat-Like Tread, Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day, A More Humane Mikado, Rising Early In The Morning, Gilbert & Sulivan Medley, Patter Matter, Here's A Howdy Do
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: The King Singer's and Dame Judi Dench tell the tales we all know and love. Embrace the charm of this rare treat made for children of all ages! The Teddy Bear's Picnic and Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall, The merry soul, Old King Cole and Duke of York, the Grandest of them all. This old man, a dog and a bone. 'Over the Hills and Far Away' for days and days alone. Walking on air or submerged in a 'Yellow Submarine', or with an owl and a pussycat on a ship of pea green. Boys and girls and blackbirds four and twenty, they all diddle diddle in lavender blue fields of plenty. Wendell, the sunburned worm, an old woman's fate with a fly, the frog he went a-courtin while we all stand together, together you and I.
Songlist: Teddy Bear's Picnicon, Humpty Dumpty - Old King Cole - The Grand Old Duke Of York, This Old Man , Over The Hills And Far Away, King John's Christmas, The Riddle Song, Walking In The Air , Yellow Submarine , The Owl And The Pussycat, Here We Go Down The Line , Lavender's Blue, Wendell The Worm , I Know an Old Woman , Frog Went a-Courtin' - We All Stand Together
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: 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
The Little Green Lane
Review: The King's Singers celebrated their 40-year anniversary in 2008 with a live BBC Proms performance from the Royal Albert Hall. This disc demonstrates the skill, flair, versatility and on stage charm you would come to expect from a King's Singers performance, sampling the best from their vast repertoire. The King's Singers have maintained their place at the apex of a cappella singing and are amongst the world's elite classical performers. This disc also includes interviews with the members, a glimpse into the King's Singers' past, and a special audition for the group! Reviewing this concert, The Daily Telegraph said 'every edge was bevelled smooth', and the Guardian described it as 'flawlessly realized'.
Songlist: La bell' si nous etions, La belle se sied au pied de la tour, Clic, clac, dansez sabots, Pilons l'orge, Ah! Mon beau laboureur, Les Tisserands, Scenes in America Deserta, Dessus le marche d'Arras, ll est bel et bon, Toutes les nuitz, La Guerre, Hears not my Phyllis, Phillis is my only joy, The Little Green Lane, The Goslings, Greensleeves, Blow Away the Morning Dew, The Turtle Dove, Widdicombe Fair, The Long Day Closes
Review: The Madrigal form, as it developed throughout Europe, is chronicled with precision and great attention to detail by England's King's Singers. From it's original appearance in Italy in the 1530's, the form-characterized by polyphonic texture, and the secular equivalent of the motet-was popular in England, Germany, Spain and France. Madrigals were the music of the people: they were written in the vernacular, expressed common themes of love and desire, and were often accompanied by dancing. This is a highly recommended tour.
Songlist: Amor Vittorioso, Lirum BililirumRossino Mantovano , Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno, La bella Franceschina, Ultimi Mei Sospiri, Alla Cazza, Or Si Rallegri il Cielo, Fine Knacks for ladies, Who Made Thee, Hob, Forsake the Plough, Of all the Birds The I Do Know, Too Music I Once Lamented, Fair Phyllis, The Silver Swan, Now Is the Month of Maying, La Guerre, La, la, la, la, je ne L'ose Dire, Bon Jour: Et Puis, Quelles Nouvelles?, Mignonne, Allons Voir Si La Rose, Il Est Bel et Bon, Margot Labourez Les Vignes , Un Gentil Amoureux, Faulte D'Argent, La Tricotea, Triste Estaba el Rey David, Cuc, Cuc, Tres Morillas M'Enamoran, Fatal la Parte, La Bomba, Tanzen Und Springen, Vitrum Nostrum Gloriosum, Ach Elsein , Ach Weh Des Leiden, Senfl Das G'lat Zu Speyer, Herzliebstes Bild
You Are the New Day
Review: Leading off with the title track, which is been heard recently all over public television, the King's Singers demonstrate their usual facility with any sort of arrangement or style. 'New Day' is a simple tune, essentially contemporary folk in style, with an uncomplicated arrangement that gives the blend of the voices preeminence. 'Noveau Poor' is tongue-in-cheek wit at its most profligate ('we're in Burke's Peerage, we're in 'Who's Who,' we're in the red, and in penury too.' ). 'What's In A Tune' tosses a salad comprised of various classical melodies, sung a cappella and fully orchestrated-all vocally, of course. 'Can't Buy Me Love' is arranged as a sixteenth century madrigal.
Songlist: You Are the New Day, Nouveau Poor , Three Times a Lady , What's in a Tune? , You'd Have to Be a Rosie, Can't Buy Me Love , Singapore Girl , The Rhythm of Life, The Gambler , It Was Almost Like a Song , Here Comes the Sun, Hush, Little Baby, Don't Say A Word , Money, Money, Money / Summer Nights , The Summer Knows , Could it Be Magic
Review: The prototype for what has developed into a twenty-five year career that continues to grow in popularity, this initial 1971 recording hints at the dominion the King's Singers have over an astonishing variety of material. Four tracks are a cappella, the rest accompanied by the Gordon Langford Trio (Langford also arranged five of the songs). Traditionals, such as 'Shenandoah, 'Cherry Ripe' and 'Scarborough Fair' are side-by-side with Gershwin's 'Summertime' and Bacharach's 'Wives and Lovers.' Stylistically, the King's Singers combine formal classical knowledge with the immaculate blend of a barbershop chorus and the personality of English music hall performers appearing on the 'Old Grey Whistle Test.' No wonder they've stood the test of time!
Songlist: The Peanut Vendor , Shenandoah, Cherry Ripe , Summertime, Time Was, Scarborough Fair , None But The Lonely Heart , Linstead Market , The Oak And The Ash , Wives And Lovers, Blow Away The Morning Dew, The Green Leaves Of Summer, What Kind Of Things
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: Recently, there has been a strengthening of the bond between The King's Singers and The Salvation Army, also founded in the UK. The Singers performed at an SA gathering and, as a surprise, prepared some music from The Salvation Army Songbook. They asked for more! The result is a series of discs of beautiful sacred arrangements for personal meditation by Philip Lawson and Christopher Gabbitas. Many of these songs will be of familiar text, but with a fresh new melody and six-part male harmony. This is volume 2.
Songlist: The Well Is Deep, O Lovely Name, Morning Song, My Spirit Longs, The Heart's Grief, The Candle Of The Lord, Breathe On Me, Breath Of God, The Divine Paradox, Show Me Thy Face, Hear Me When I Pray, Lord, Teach Us How To Pray, In The Love Of Jesus, Introit, Calm Pastures, A City Prayer, Desire For God, Reflections- The Christ Child, Reflections- The Seers, Reflections- Home To Thee
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: 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: 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: You are about to hear some of the most demanding music which a choral group can sing. Henryk Mikolaj Gsrecki's 'Totus tuus' (trans. 'Yours Completely) was composed for eight voice choir in honor of the third visit of Pope John Paul II to his native Poland. It was adapted for the six voices of the King's Singers who were awarded a CARA (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award) in 1997 for Best Classical Song. It is...the best, we mean. But how about the second song of the recording? Velijo Tormis' composition, 'Piispa ja pakana' (The Bishop and the Pagan), was drawn from both musical documents and folklore. It tells the story of the death of a British missionary/warrior at the hands of a Finnish peasant farmer. The viewpoints of both sides have descended since that event in 1158. 'The Sequence of St. Henry' is a Latin Gregorian Chant which documents the British side and numerous folk songs represent the view of the Finnish farmer. Both have provided elements in the creation of this piece. Drat, we haven't time to describe the other ten pieces, but suffice it to say it is probably the most demanding music you will ever hear.
Songlist: Totus Tuus, Piispa Ja Pakana, Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Wymondham Chants, Wymondham Chants, Wymondham Chants, Wymondham Chants, Funeral Ikos, The Lamb, Sermons And Devotions, Sermons And Devotions, Sermons And Devotions, Sermons And Devotions, Sermons And Devotions
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
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
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: 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: One of the most popular King's Singers recordings, and for good reason: one of the most accomplished and educated vocal groups performs the songs of the most famous pop band in history, surely a winning combination. In fact, George Martin produced the King's Singers' first record, and this CD was recorded at Abbey Road, strengthening the connection still further. All but two of the arrangements were written for this CD, and the King's Singers indeed interpret these songs uniquely. 'Got To Get You Into My Life' is flamboyant and thrilling, sort of a musical Carmen Miranda hat: thudding kick drum, driving horns and huge backing vocals. In contrast, 'Girl' is a relaxed sigh, the chords luxuriant, the tempo calm. 'A Hard Day's Night' is a mannequin that goes through so many stylistic changes (doo wop, gospel, torch song vamp) that the result defies imagination. A stunning production.
Songlist: Penny Lane, Mother Nature's Son, Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, And I Love her, Help!, Yesterday, A Hard Day's Night, Girl, Got to Get You Into My Life, Back in the U.S.S.R., Eleanor Rigby, Blackbird, Lady Madonna, I'll Follow the Sun, Honey Pie, Can't Buy Me Love, Michelle, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Want to Hold Your Hand
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: Recently, there has been a strengthening of the bond between The King's Singers and The Salvation Army, also founded in the UK. The Singers performed at an SA gathering and, as a surprise, prepared some music from The Salvation Army Songbook. They asked for more! The result is a series of discs of beautiful sacred arrangements for personal meditation by Philip Lawson and Christopher Gabbitas. Many of these songs will be of familiar text, but with a fresh new melody and six-part male harmony.
Songlist: Spirit Divine, God's Moment, In The Stillness, When We Cannot See Our Way, His Provision, The Quiet Heart, In The Secret Of Thy Presence, Is It Nothing To You?, Even Me, The Christian Mission, All For Thee, Jesus Answers Prayer, Christ's Part, The Greatest Of These, Intercede, O Lord, To The Hills, By His Hand, Grant Us Thy Peace, Home To Thee from Reflections
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
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: Folk songs have been an important part of the King's Singers repertoire since their first recording days in l972. On this recording of folk songs from the British Isles, the arrangers who have been so important to the success of the group bring their talents to bear on music of their own homelands. Daryl Runswick, Goff Richards, Grayston Ives and Gordon Langford have all added multiple arrangements to the recording. In order to embellish the traditional feel of the songs, some instrumentation has been added. There is just a touch of piccolo at the end of 'Bobby Shaftoe,' for example. A solo cello plays on 'O Waly, Waly' ('The Water Is Wide'). 'Bugeilo'r Gwenith Gwyn' ('Watching The White Wheat') is a Welsh tune, sung in Welsh, with a harp accompaniment. Take a tour of the British Isles via folk songs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales presented with the choral perfection which we have come to expect from The King's Singers.
Songlist: Lamorna , Barbara Allen , Bobby Shaftoe, Early One Morning , Jack the Jolly Tar, The Oak and the Ash , O Waly, Waly, The Raggle Taggle Gypsies , She Moved Through the Fair, Migildi Magildi , Bugelio's Gwenith Gwyn , Star of the County Down , Londonderry Air , Dance to thy Daddy , O My Love Is a Red, Red Rose , There's Nae Luck About the Horse
Review: Considering the longevity of the King's Singers' career (which began in the 1960s with performances of the Schola Cantorum Pro Musica Profana, or, as they were more casually known, the Cam River Boys), it's only natural that a greatest-hits album would require two discs, each crammed full of arrangements of popular songs and vocal pieces from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Whether performing infectious versions of songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, smooth standards by Cole Porter and Harold Arlen, sublime motets by Adrian Willaert and Orlande de Lassus, or lush fin de siecle classics by Gabriel Faure and Edward Elgar, the King's Singers always deliver entertainment first and foremost, and make their virtuosic repertoire fully accessible to audiences. Of course, their singing varies from classically polished formality to a more relaxed, even humorous glee club delivery. Fans who appreciate their amazing sound and enjoy their lively manner will appreciate this generous retrospective, which brings together recordings made between 1974 and 1990. 48 songs in all.
Songlist: Penny Lane, Help!, Yesterday, Elanor Rigby, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, The Sound of Silence, You Are the New Day, Three Times a Lady, The Rhythm of Life, Here Comes the Sun, Barbara Allen, Early One Morning, She Moved Through the Fair, Bugeilo'r Gwenith Gwyn, Londonderry Air, O My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose, The Little Drummer Boy, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Stille Nacht, Night and Day, Stormy Weather, The Barber of Seville - Overture, The Donkey Serenade, Walking in the Air, Something's Coming, O Dolce Vita Mia, Vecchie Letrose non Valete Niente, A Little Pretty Bonny Lass, Now Is the Month of Maying, Fine Knacks for Ladies, Resonet In Laudibus, Cristus Resurgens Ex Motuis, Bonjour Mon coeur, La Nui Froide Et Sombre, Le Baylere, Carnival of the Animals: Aquarium, Carnival of the Animals: Animals With Long Ears, Carnival of the Animals: The Cuckoo, Carnival of the Animals: The Swan, Pavane, Rest, Deep in My Soul, Scarborough Fair, Annie Laurie, Greensleeves, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, G'schichten Aus Dem Wienerwald, An Der Schonen Blauen Donau
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
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: A collection of five of their EMI releases at a budget price. A great way to add to your collection.
Songlist: Beatles Connection, Tribute To the Comedian Harmonists, Annie Laurie , Madrigal History Tour, Believe In Music
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: 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: The six Englishmen known as the King'singers enjoy the distinction of consistently being one of the world's most sought-after and highly-acclaimed musical ensembles, due to their imaginative programming, remarkable musicianship, and flawless technique. To mark their Silver Jubilee, the King'singers have brought together a collection of some of the best-loved arrangements written for them over the last 25 years. Of the songs most often requested, here are twelve which adapt most easily for mixed choirs.
Songlist: I'm A Train, You Are The New Day, Can't Buy Me Love, Short People, Le Baylere, Musik Der Nacht, Greensleeves, Loch Lomond, Eriskay Love Lilt, That Lonesome Road, And So It Goes, Shenandoah
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: This collection brings together some of the more popular pieces sung by The King's Singers over the past years. With the possible exception of 'This Old Man' and 'Mariri's Wedding', all the pieces have a gentle and rather wistful quality that perhaps reflects more reserved side of the British character in both the arrangers and the singers.
Songlist: This Old Man , The Gift To Be Simple, Irish Lullaby , The Three Ravens, Time After Time, Mairi's Wedding, Lavender's Blue , The Long Day Closes, Phillis is My Only Joy, Charm Me Asleep