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The King's Singers - Gold (3 CD)

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The King’s Singers celebrate their 50th anniversary with a celebratory 3-CD set, combining three complete programmes of Close Harmony, Spiritual and Secular pieces. The King's Singers write: The current incarnation of King’s Singers approached this 50th Anniversary release with great excitement – albeit with some trepidation! How could we possibly create an album (or, as it turned out, three albums!) that would reflect all the group’s work over five decades, honouring its history and the achievements of our predecessors? In the end, we decided to go back to basics. We spent months trawling through programmes and recordings to finalise this selection of music: old favourites that the group has performed for decades jostle for position with more recent additions (both classical and pop), and compete with brand new works commissioned especially for this project. A long-list of well over a hundred pieces has been whittled down to a final track-list of around sixty that, we feel, represents all the styles and musical epochs that The King’s Singers have championed across five decades of performance and recording. Regarding recording style and technique, we again looked to our archives. By modern standards, the technology the original six King’s Singers used when they made their first album in 1971 was pretty basic. Huddled around three microphones in a small studio, they had very little of the control and barely any of the special effects we expect from most commercial recordings today. Fifty years ago, recording capabilities extended to little more than adding reverberation and some basic editing. Most tracks had to be put down in a few long takes, unlike today’s modern computerised recording process where hundred of short bursts may be spliced together to create a track. Yet, despite the original group’s primitive tools, they produced something extraordinary: an album bursting with energy and executed with laser-like precision. Listening today, we literally hear the excitement in their voices, and perhaps even the realisation that what they were doing hadn’t really been done before (although of course they can have had no idea what was to become of the group)! That Debut Album has been the benchmark for each and every recording The King’s Singers have made since. Trying to put our finger on what exactly made this album so special, we concluded that it could be summed up by one word: honesty. Those six singers wanted nothing other than to send their craft into the world, simply and elegantly. And so, honesty became our watchword. We want to honour the formidable skill of those original six King’s Singers – indeed, every singer who has been a member of the group throughout its history – by releasing a 50th Anniversary recording that’s as honest as that very first album. The result is that when you listen to GOLD, you hear exactly what you’d experience at a live King’s Singers performance. We sang every piece exactly as if there was an audience in front of us (which, in some sessions, there was), relying heavily on acoustic microphones rather than individual, close-set ones – and of course there’s no auto-tuning or multi-tracking! We knew we had to channel the raw purity of our six individual voices if we hoped to recapture the joy the very first King’s Singers album still brings to us. And so, here it is: a set of three GOLD albums that aims to let all the music we’ve chosen shine as brightly as possible. We hope you enjoy listening to GOLD as much as we’ve enjoyed making it, and that you also find it represents the very best of The King’s Singers. Onwards and upwards: here’s to the next 50 years!
Artikelnummer SIGCD500
Streckkod 0635212050026
Utgivningsdatum 2017-11-03
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Signum
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 3
Artister The King's Singers
Disk: 1
1 We Are
2 And I Love Her
3 Don’t Worry About Me
4 Kelele
5 And So It Goes
6 Down with Love
7 All of Me
8 Shenandoah
9 Lamorna
10 Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy
11 See You Again
12 Alice in Wonderland
13 Black Horse and The Cherry Tree
14 Danny Boy
15 I'll Follow The Sun
16 Bobby Shaftoe
17 Love Is Here To Stay
18 Scarborough Fair
19 That Lonesome Road
20 Loch Lomond
21 Down by the Riverside
22 MLK
Disk: 2
1 The Prayer of King Henry VI
2 Sing Joyfully
3 Thou, My Love, Art Fair
4 Sicut cervus
5 In manus tuas
6 Master of Music
7 Musica Dei donum
8 Abendlied
9 The Bell Both Toll
10 Quatre petites prie`res de Saint Franc¸ois d’Assis
11 Das ist je gewißlich wahr
12 Morgengesang
13 This Marriage
14 Psalm 124
15 Versa est in luctum
16 Rest
17 Tutivillus
18 The Bluebird
Disk: 3
1 Be Not Afeard
2 Le papillon et la fleur
3 Dessus le marche´ d’ Arras
4 Though Amaryllis Dance in Green
5 Lagrimas de mi consuelo
6 Handmade Proverbs
7 Les Marins de Kermor
8 Con amores, la mi madre
9 All meine Herzgedanken
10 Die Nacht
11 Revecy venir du Printans
12 Romance du soir
13 Horizons
14 Plaisir d’amour
15 Come, Blessed Bird
16 The Little Green Lane
17 Das G’la¨ut zu Speyer
18 Basiez moi!
19 Gentil sen~ora mia
20 Quand tu dors pre`s de moi
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