Christmas Songbook

Christmas Songbook

by King's Singers

CD

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Overview

If you like the style of the King's Singers, with their delicate male extended jazz harmonies and their vocal dooby-doo-wahs and ching-ching-ching-ching-chings, you'll surely agree that the Christmas song, with its simple, familiar, and infinitely malleable materials, fits their work well. With the release of Christmas Songbook in 2016, they have issued three Christmas albums, plus one with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As the Christmas Songbook title suggests, this one is a bit more oriented toward American popular repertoire than the earlier ones, although there are still several traditional carols. These are placed as slow interludes, letting the vocal flights and jazzy elaborations settle down for a minute to luscious straight harmonies. For the full effect, though, sample one of the more ornate arrangements, like "Winter Wonderland," which, like several other pieces on the album, is arranged by the composer Alexander L'Estrange. After nearly 50 years and countless changes in membership, the sound of the King's Singers has not only remained constant but has continued to develop, and that's why they still flourish while so many other ensembles have fallen by the wayside. An early recommendation for Christmas 2016 and beyond.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2016
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212045923
catalogNumber: 459
Rank: 143063

Tracks

  1. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
  2. Sleigh Ride, for 2 tenors & chorus (after Leroy Anderson and Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  3. Carol of the Bells

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