King's Singers: From Byrd to the Beatles

King's Singers: From Byrd to the Beatles

Director:  Cast: King's Singers

DVD (Wide Screen / DTS / Stereo)


For more than thirty-years, world renowned English a capella ensemble the King's Singers have been delighting audiences across the globe, and with this release the magic of the music finally comes home. A satisfying mixture of songs both old come together as the talented sextet perform everything from Monteverdi madrigals and Rossini overtures to contemporary tunes made popular by Queen and The Beatles, with recording studio footage of the band singing Thomas Tallis' forty-part motet "Spem in Alium" offering an up close look at just how six voices combine to form one magnificent sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2006
UPC: 0054961865291
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Acorn Media
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:33:00

Special Features

An encore performance of Paul Drayton's Masterpiece; English and French subtitles; Printed program notes

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The King's Singers: From Byrd to the Beatles
1. William Byrd: Haec Dies [3:32]
2. William Byrd: O Lord Make Thy Servant Elizabeth, Our Queen [4:57]
3. Thomas Weelkes: As Vesta Was From Latmos Hill Descending [5:12]
4. Orlando di Lasso (Arr. Mason): Dessus le Marche d'Arras [4:11]
5. Pierre Passereau: Il Est Bel et Bon [1:39]
6. Don Carlo Gesualdo: Luci Serene e Chiare [3:23]
7. Claudio Monteverdi: Si Ch'io Vorrei Morire [3:11]
8. Recording: Spem in Alium [3:08]
9. Zoltán Kodály: Esti Dal [3:34]
10. Cyrillus Kreek: Õnnis on Inimene [2:18]
11. Recording: Spem in Alium [2:33]
12. Max Reger: Agnus Dei [2:44]
13. Cyrillus Kreek: Psalm 121 [3:09]
14. Recording: Spem in Alium [3:11]
15. Traditional (Arr. Lawson): Down to the River to Pray [3:04]
16. The Beatles (Arr. Hart): Honey Pie [2:42]
17. Recording: Spem in Alium [2:54]
18. The Beatles (Arr. Runswick): Blackbird [3:11]
19. Recording: Spem in Alium [2:07]
20. Duke Ellington (Arr. Kuhn): Creole Love Call [4:29]
21. Freddie Mercury (Arr. Hart): Seaside Rendezvous [2:50]
22. Billy Joel (Arr. Lawson): Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) [4:05]
23. Recording: Spem in Alium [2:11]
24. Gioacchino Rossini (Arr. Runswick): Overture to Barber of Seville [4:10]
25. Fred Weatherley: Danny Boy [4:00]
26. Recording: Spem in Alium [2:00]
27. Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium [8:15]
28. Credits [:43]

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King's Singers: From Byrd to the Beatles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AdelaideLT More than 1 year ago
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.