Landscape & Time

Landscape & Time

by King's Singers

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Landscape & Time

The King's Singers, the male vocal sextet, perform with extraordinary vocal blend, purity of tone, technical security, and interpretive sensitivity. This CD brings together choral music from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century that is related to the broad themes of landscape and time. The collection contains texts related to specific geography, as well as psalms, prayers, and folk songs, set by well-known and less familiar composers, all of whom are masters of choral writing. Richard Rodney Bennett's "The Seasons of His Mercies," a setting of John Donne, is particularly dramatic and evocative of the poet's ardent piety. Jackson Hill's "Remembered Love," which sets the work of seventh century Japanese poet Hitomaro, avoids overt orientalism, but the structural and textural individuality of his writing reflects the exotic imagery of the text. "Esti Dal" is a harmonically rich and haunting setting of a Hungarian folk song made by Zoltán Kodály. The CD concludes with a stunningly poignant and simple setting of "Even Such Is Time," the prayer Sir Walter Raleigh wrote on the eve of his execution, by Bob Chilcott, a former member of the ensemble. The group is joined by treble Andrew Swait, who seamlessly blends with the ensemble.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2006
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212009024
catalogNumber: 90
Rank: 192795

Tracks

  1. The seasons of his mercies, for tenor & chorus
  2. Scenes in America Deserta, for vocal ensemble
  3. Psalms of David (Taaveti laulud), for chorus
  4. Remembered Love, for vocal ensemble
  5. House of Winter, song-cycle for AATBBB chorus or vocal sextet, J. 210
  6. Rakastava (The Lover), for male chorus (with or without string orchestra)
  7. Esti Dal (Evening Song), folksong for high voice or mixed or male chorus
  8. Even such is time

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