The King's Singers Collection

The King's Singers Collection

by King's Singers

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Overview

The quintessentially English King's Singers have recorded prolifically and are approaching a catalog landmark of 100 album releases. Three box sets of five albums apiece are on the market, all with titles suggesting they represent best-of selections from among the group's repertoire. In no case is this so; all the boxes are simply repackagings of extant releases, each representing the group's work on a different label. Signum's The King's Singers Collection, representing music recorded between 2004 and 2006, is the best introduction to this a cappella group's activities. All five CDs come with their original booklet notes, which have always been a strong point with this group, and in general the set reveals an ensemble that continues across consistent personnel changes to bring new perspectives to familiar music, both classical and pop. The buyer expecting five full-length CDs should be apprised that one disc, a multi-tracked rendition of Thomas Tallis' 40-part motet "Spem in alium," is a CD single; another, Six, is an EP containing five famous pop songs and one original composition. The three full-length discs reveal the group's strengths as programmers, which include timeliness: the 1605 Treason & Dischord disc appeared close to the release of the hit film V for Vendetta and a book by highly readable British pop historian Antonia Fraser about the Gunpowder Plot, setting the extremely relevant music of William Byrd against that background. The Landscape & Time disc offers contemporary pieces, several newly commissioned, that take physical landscape as a theme, and the group's essentially sensuous sound dovetails beautifully with this concept. Of the various labels that have recorded the King's Singers, the sharp brilliance imparted to their singing by Signum seems most in accord with their aims. The general listener in search of a basic King's Singers box may prefer EMI's The King's Singers Collection, but fans of the group who have missed their current releases will be satisfied by this survey of them.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212012024
catalogNumber: 120
Rank: 181823

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Maundy Thursday: Lectio 1 ("Incipit lamentationem Hieremiae prophetae. Aleph. Quomodo ..."  (04:39)
  2. Responsories (9) for Maundy Thursday, for 6 voices, Feria 5: Responsories from 1st Nocturn. In Monte Oliveti

    1. Responsories from 1st Nocturn. In Monte Oliveti  (04:39)
  3. Responsories (9) for Maundy Thursday, for 6 voices, Feria 5: Responsories from 1st Nocturn. Tristis est anima m

    1. Responsories from 1st Nocturn. Tristis est anima mea  (04:43)
  4. Responsories (9) for Maundy Thursday, for 6 voices, Feria 5: Responsories from 1st Nocturn. Ecce vidimus eum

    1. Responsories from 1st Nocturn. Ecce vidimus eum  (07:25)
  5. Maundy Thursday: Lectio 2 ("Vau. Et egressus est a filia Sion")  (04:16)
  6. Responsories (9) for Maundy Thursday, for 6 voices, Feria 5: Responsories from 2nd Nocturn. Amicus meus osculi

    1. Responsories from 2nd Nocturn. Amicus meus osculi  (03:53)
  7. Responsories (9) for Maundy Thursday, for 6 voices, Feria 5: Responsories from 2nd Nocturn. Judas mercator pess

    1. Responsories from 2nd Nocturn. Judas mercator pessimus  (02:36)
  8. Responsories (9) for Maundy Thursday, for 6 voices, Feria 5: Responsories from 2nd Nocturn. Unus ex discipulis

    1. Responsories from 2nd Nocturn. Unus ex discipulis meis  (06:08)
  9. Maundy Thursday: Lectio 3 ("Iod. Manum suam misit hostis ad omnia")  (03:56)
  10. Responsories (9) for Maundy Thursday, for 6 voices, Feria 5: Responsories from 3rd Nocturn. Eram quasi agnus in

    1. Responsories from 3rd Nocturn. Eram quasi agnus innocens  (05:11)
  11. Responsories (9) for Maundy Thursday, for 6 voices, Feria 5: Responsories from 3rd Nocturn. Una hora non potuis

    1. Responsories from 3rd Nocturn. Una hora non potuistis  (03:28)
  12. Responsories (9) for Maundy Thursday, for 6 voices, Feria 5: Responsories from 3rd Nocturn. Seniores populi con

    1. Responsories from 3rd Nocturn. Seniores populi consilium  (06:23)
  13. Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel, motet for 6 voices, W. 7/93  (07:46)
  14. Christus factus est, versicle  (00:55)

Disc 2

  1. Down to the River to Pray, hymn  (02:43)
  2. Blackbird  (02:52)
  3. The Wishing Tree, for vocal ensemble  (03:40)
  4. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), song  (04:07)
  5. Blue Skies, film score  (03:25)
  6. After the gold rush  (03:10)

Disc 3

  1. Mr George Whitehead his Almand, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")  (01:29)
  2. Mass for 4 Voices (SATB): Kyrie

    1. Kyrie  (01:56)
  3. Fantasy, for keyboard in D minor, MB 46  (04:31)
  4. Mass for 4 Voices (SATB): Gloria

    1. Gloria  (05:55)
  5. Ardens est cor meum, for 6 voices  (02:38)
  6. Civitas sancti tui (also anthem "Bow Thine ear, O Lord"), motet for 5 voices (SAT Bar (or tenor) B)  (05:06)
  7. Ave Maria gratia plena, a 6  (02:11)
  8. Mass for 4 Voices (SATB): Credo

    1. Credo  (07:58)
  9. Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")  (04:21)
  10. O Lord, grant the king a long life, anthem for 7 voices  (08:24)
  11. From Virgin's Womb (with chorus "Rejoice, rejoice"), sacred song for voices and 4 viols  (02:06)
  12. Mr Bucton his Galliard, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")  (01:19)
  13. Mass for 4 Voices (SATB): Sanctus/Benedictus

    1. Sanctus/Benedictus  (03:53)
  14. Master Tresham: His Ducke, for vocal ensemble & viol consort  (13:53)
  15. Mass for 4 Voices (SATB): Agnus Dei

    1. Agnus Dei  (03:31)

Disc 4

  1. Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299  (08:31)
  2. Interview with the King's Singers  (06:20)

Disc 5

  1. The seasons of his mercies, for tenor & chorus  (06:39)
  2. Scenes in America Deserta, for vocal ensemble  (14:57)
  3. Psalms of David (Taaveti laulud), for chorus

    1. Taaveti laul 22  (04:49)
    2. Õnnis on inimene  (02:09)
    3. Taaveti laul 141  (02:26)
    4. Taaveti laul 121  (03:27)
  4. Remembered Love, for vocal ensemble  (08:27)
  5. House of Winter, song-cycle for AATBBB chorus or vocal sextet, J. 210  (11:52)
  6. Rakastava (The Lover), for male chorus (with or without string orchestra)  (07:45)
  7. Esti Dal (Evening Song), folksong for high voice or mixed or male chorus  (03:17)
  8. Even such is time, for chorus  (02:50)

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