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An encore performance of Paul Drayton's Masterpiece; English and French subtitles; Printed program notes
As great as the King's Singers recordings are, there is nothing to compare with seeing them; it drives home the point that it really is only six guys making all that music. It also demonstrates what any fan who has ever seen them live will tell you-- they are hysterically funny. (The facial contortions required to turn English gentlemen into a brass section is not to be missed!) This collection is a perfect introduction to the KS as it includes pieces from both their classical repertoire and more generally accessible pieces by the Beatles, Billy Joel, Duke Ellington, and other modern writers. Here the live performances are sandwiched with in-studio scenes of the recording of a Thomas Tallis piece (which sadly has too many parts for them ever to perform live), giving a glimpse into their scholarship as well as their talent as performers. Don't miss the "encore" piece on the history of Western music-- it's a scream! There are not many DVDs that will appeal to renaissance music fans, pop fans, and eight-year-old boys, but this will.