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Marking the 50th anniversary of the indefatigable King's Singers, this is not, as might be supposed, a compilation, but rather an entirely new recording containing 60 tracks "that, we feel, [represent] all the styles and musical epochs that The King's Singers have championed across five decades of performing and recording." This is praiseworthy in itself; better still is how excellent the whole thing is. There are crowd favorites, new arrangements, and newly commissioned pieces. The three volumes are titled Close Harmony, Spiritual, and Secular. The most novel is the first volume, with arrangements of popular material, where the group's renderings of the likes of John Legend and even Beninese Afro-pop singer Angélique Kidjo seem as fresh as their unexpected readings of Beatles songs from 50 years ago. The arrangements are by various composers, both within the group and without, but they are united by an appreciation of the Singers' distinctive style. A favorite unifying device is to offer a long free introduction that resolves itself unexpectedly into the tune at hand. Sample And I Love Her, a Beatles song unjustly devalued by rockism, and pieces by English composer Bob Chilcott, who takes honors for making it onto all three of the volumes (his psalm Thou, my love, art fair appears on the second volume, and he arranges a song by Juan de Anchieta on the final volume). The second volume shows the group's continuing mastery of the pure English style from Renaissance to Romantic, and the Secular volume is as diverse as the pop set, ranging effortlessly from Josquin Desprez to Toru Takemitsu. Highly recommended.

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DISC 1

1
We Are 00:02:52

Maya Angelou, ScreenplayAuthor - Bob Chilcott, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist - OUP, MusicPublisher

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

2
And I Love Her (Arr. Bob Chilcott) 00:03:05

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

3
Don’t Worry About Me (Arr. Christopher Bruerton) 00:03:39

Frances, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

4
Kelele (Arr. Toby Young) 00:03:09

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Angélique Kidjo, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

5
And So It Goes (Arr. Bob Chilcott) 00:03:45

BILLY JOEL, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

6
Down with Love (Arr. Gordon Langford) 00:02:55

Harold Arlen, Composer - Yip Harburg, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

7
All of Me (Arr. Alexander L’Estrange) 00:05:44

John Legend, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

8
Shenandoah (Arr. Bob Chilcott) 00:03:13

Traditional, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

9
Lamorna (Arr. Goff Richards) 00:01:52

Traditional, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

10
Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy (Arr. Andrew Jackman) 00:03:27

Paul Simon, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

11
See You Again (Arr. Christopher Gabbitas) 00:02:41

Justin Franks, Composer - Wiz Khalifa, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist - Charlie Puth, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

12
Alice in Wonderland (Arr. Gordon Langford) 00:02:40

Spike Milligan, Composer - Alan Clare, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

13
Black Horse and The Cherry Tree (Arr. Alexander L’Estrange) 00:03:27

KT Tunstall, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

14
Danny Boy (Arr. Peter Knight) 00:03:13

Traditional, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

15
I'll Follow The Sun (Arr. Bill Ives) 00:02:28

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

16
Bobby Shaftoe (Arr. Gordon Langford) 00:01:13

Traditional, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

17
Love is Here to Stay (Arr. Richard Rodney Bennett) 00:02:37

George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

18
Scarborough Fair (Arr. Christopher Gabbitas) 00:03:16

Traditional, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

19
That Lonesome Road (Arr. Simon Carrington) 00:02:47

JAMES TAYLOR, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

20
Loch Lomond (Arr. David Overton) 00:03:06

Traditional, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

21
Down by the Riverside (Arr. Robert Rice) 00:03:59

Traditional, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

22
MLK (Arr. Bob Chilcott) 00:02:17

Bono, Composer - Adam Clayton, Composer - Larry Mullen JR., Composer - The Edge, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

DISC 2

1
The Prayer of King Henry VI 00:01:51

Henry George Ley, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

2
Sing Joyfully unto God Our Strength 00:02:26

William BYRD, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

3
Thou, My Love, Art Fair 00:03:38

Bob Chilcott, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

4
Sicut cervus 00:02:54

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

5
In manus tuas Domine 00:02:04

Thomas Tallis, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

6
Master of Music 00:05:52

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Toby Hession, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

7
Musica Dei donum optimi 00:04:13

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Orlandus Lassus, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

8
3 Geistliche Gesänge, Op. 69: No. 3, Abendlied 00:02:54

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

9
Sermons and Devotions: No. 5, The Bell Doth Toll 00:03:13

Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

10
4 Petites prières de Saint-François d’Assise, FP 142 00:06:26

Francis Poulenc, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

11
Das ist je gewißlich wahr, SWV 277 00:04:35

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Heinrich Schütz, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

12
8 geistliche Gesänge, Op. 138: No. 2, Morgengesang 00:02:20

Max Reger, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

13
This Marriage 00:02:23

Eric Whitacre, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

14
Psalm 124 00:02:34

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Salamone Rossi Hebreo, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

15
Versa est in luctum 00:04:27

Alonso Lobo, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

16
Rest 00:03:28

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

17
Wymondham Chants: Scherzo. Tutivillus 00:02:08

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Geoffrey Poole, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

18
8 Part Songs, Op. 118: No. 3, The Bluebird 00:03:38

Charles Villiers Stanford, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

DISC 3

1
Be Not Afeard 00:02:49

John Rutter, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

2
2 Songs, Op. 1: No. 1, Le papillon et la fleur (Arr. Goff Richards) 00:02:45

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Gabriel Fauré, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

3
Dessus le marché d’Arras 00:01:28

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Orlandus Lassus, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

4
Though Amaryllis Dance in Green 00:01:12

William BYRD, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

5
Lágrimas de mi consuelo 00:04:08

Juan Vasquez, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

6
Handmade Proverbs 00:05:31

Toru Takemitsu, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

7
2 Choeurs, Op. 71: No. 1, Les Marins de Kermor 00:07:50

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Camille Saint-Saëns, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

8
Con amores, la mi madre (Arr. Bob Chilcott) 00:02:45

Juan de Anchieta, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

9
7 Lieder, Op. 62: No. 5, All meine Herzgedanken 00:02:54

Johannes Brahms, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

10
4 Gesänge, D. 983: No. 4, Die Nacht 00:02:48

Franz Schubert, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

11
Revecy venir du Printans 00:02:47

Claude Le Jeune, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

12
Romance du soir, Op. 118 00:02:42

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Camille Saint-Saëns, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

13
Horizons 00:07:03

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Peter Louis Van Dijk, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

14
Plaisir d’amour (Arr. Goff Richards) 00:02:58

The King's Singers, MainArtist - Jean-Paul-Égide Martini, Composer

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

15
Come, Blessed Bird 00:02:27

Edward Johnson, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

16
The Little Green Lane (Arr. Samuel Ernest Lovatt) 00:02:19

Traditional, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

17
Das G’läut zu Speyer 00:01:05

Ludwig Senfl, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

18
Basiez moi! 00:02:04

Josquin des Prez, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

19
Gentil señora mia 00:04:18

Juan Vasquez, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

20
Quand tu dors près de moi (Arr. Gordon Langford) 00:03:30

Georges Auric, Composer - The King's Singers, MainArtist

(C) 2017 Signum Records (P) 2017 Signum Records

Album Description

Marking the 50th anniversary of the indefatigable King's Singers, this is not, as might be supposed, a compilation, but rather an entirely new recording containing 60 tracks "that, we feel, [represent] all the styles and musical epochs that The King's Singers have championed across five decades of performing and recording." This is praiseworthy in itself; better still is how excellent the whole thing is. There are crowd favorites, new arrangements, and newly commissioned pieces. The three volumes are titled Close Harmony, Spiritual, and Secular. The most novel is the first volume, with arrangements of popular material, where the group's renderings of the likes of John Legend and even Beninese Afro-pop singer Angélique Kidjo seem as fresh as their unexpected readings of Beatles songs from 50 years ago. The arrangements are by various composers, both within the group and without, but they are united by an appreciation of the Singers' distinctive style. A favorite unifying device is to offer a long free introduction that resolves itself unexpectedly into the tune at hand. Sample And I Love Her, a Beatles song unjustly devalued by rockism, and pieces by English composer Bob Chilcott, who takes honors for making it onto all three of the volumes (his psalm Thou, my love, art fair appears on the second volume, and he arranges a song by Juan de Anchieta on the final volume). The second volume shows the group's continuing mastery of the pure English style from Renaissance to Romantic, and the Secular volume is as diverse as the pop set, ranging effortlessly from Josquin Desprez to Toru Takemitsu. Highly recommended.

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