Best of the King's Singers [Signum]

Best of the King's Singers [Signum]

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The King's Singers were formed in 1968 at King's College, Cambridge, and a single recording capturing the best-of what they do would be a tall order. The present two-CD set covers only the years since the group signed with the Signum label, and it offers several attractive features for those wanting to sample their work. Let it be saidSee more details below

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The King's Singers were formed in 1968 at King's College, Cambridge, and a single recording capturing the best-of what they do would be a tall order. The present two-CD set covers only the years since the group signed with the Signum label, and it offers several attractive features for those wanting to sample their work. Let it be said that buying a single album is a valid alternative course; the group has survived as long as it has not simply because of its vocal style, which others have duplicated, but because their programming concepts have remained fresh and intriguing. That dimension is necessarily lost in a compilation. But this one is reasonably well put together and the performances have the virtue of having been chosen by the singers themselves. The basic division in the King's Singers repertoire between classical and popular (here, in the classic British usage, "light") music is observed in the contents of the two CDs. This is a plus, for otherwise the collection might have fallen victim to the random tendency of so many similar greatest-hits releases. The selections on the classical side skew toward the easier-listening pieces in the group's repertory; you don't get a sense for how they have commissioned works by the likes of Ligeti and Maxwell Davies. However, it's hard to complain about what is in fact included; in the likes of American composer Eric Whitacre's radiant "Lux aurumque," the King's Singers are very hard to beat. The pop set does a good job of representing the group's diverse activities in the field in their recordings for Signum, whose consistent vocal approach also benefits the set. The white on pale orange text graphics are pitiful; good luck reading the notes to what you just bought. But on balance the curious will get a good sampling here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Signum Uk
UPC:
0635212029725
catalogNumber:
297
Rank:
99359

Tracks

  1. Steal Away to Jesus, spiritual  -  Traditional Spiritual  - Bob Chilcott  -  King's Singers
  2. Out of the Woods, song  -  Nickel Creek  -  King's Singers  - Philip Lawson  - Sinéad Lohan
  3. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot  -  Traditional Spiritual  -  King's Singers  - American Traditional  - Peter Knight
  4. Hallelujah, song  - Leonard Cohen  -  King's Singers  - Philip Lawson
  5. Blue Skies, song (originally interpolated into the R.Rodgers musical "Betsy")  - Irving Berlin  - Richard Rodney Bennett  -  King's Singers
  6. I Will Bow and Be Simple, Simple Gifts, Shaker hymn  - American Traditional  - Bob Chilcott  -  King's Singers
  7. Valparaiso, song  -  Sting  -  King's Singers  - Philip Lawson
  8. Greensleeves, folk song  - English Traditional  - Bob Chilcott  -  King's Singers
  9. She's Always a Woman, song  - Billy Joel  -  King's Singers  - Philip Lawson
  10. You Are the New Day  - John David  -  King's Singers  - Peter Knight
  11. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), song  - Billy Joel  -  King's Singers  - Philip Lawson
  12. Bogoróditse dyévo (Hail Mary), for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  -  King's Singers
  13. In monte oliveti, tenebrae lesson for 6 voices, W. 7/9  - Carlo Gesualdo  -  King's Singers
  14. Mass for 4 voices (SATB): Gloria  - William Byrd  -  King's Singers
  15. Psalms of David (Taaveti laulud), for chorus: Õnnis on inimene  -  King's Singers  - Cyrillus Kreek
  16. A Lover's Journey, for vocal ensemble: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?  - Libby Larsen  -  King's Singers
  17. Even such is time, for chorus: Days  - Bob Chilcott  -  King's Singers
  18. The silver swanne, madrigal for 5 voices  - Orlando Gibbons  -  King's Singers
  19. Lightly she whipped o'er the dales  - John Mundy  -  King's Singers
  20. Music, When Soft Voices Die  - Edward Bairstow  -  King's Singers
  21. Choruses (2) for chorus with piano ad lib, Op. 68: 1. Calme des Nuits  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  King's Singers
  22. Esti Dal (Evening Song), folksong for high voice or mixed or male chorus  - Zoltán Kodály  -  King's Singers
  23. Shir Hamaalos (Song of degrees)  - Jewish Traditional  -  King's Singers
  24. In Ieiunio et Fletu  - Diogo Dias Melgaz  -  King's Singers
  25. Versa est in luctum, for mixed chorus  - Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla  -  King's Singers
  26. My Heart is a Holy Place, for vocal ensemble  - Patricia Van Ness  -  King's Singers
  27. Mon Dieu, j'ay en toy esperance (Psalm 7), for 6 voices  - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  -  King's Singers
  28. The Lamb, for chorus  - John Tavener  -  King's Singers
  29. Civitas sancti tui (also anthem "Bow Thine ear, O Lord"), motet for 5 voices (SAT Bar (or tenor) B)  - William Byrd  -  King's Singers

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