The King’s Singers: Gold | Signum SIGCD500

The King’s Singers: Gold


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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD500

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd November 2017



The Kings’ Singers


The Kings’ Singers


To mark their 50th anniversary, The King's Singers have made it their mission to celebrate great music above all else - an aim which has driven them throughout their history.

Their newly recorded triple-disc album - Gold - completely reflects this with 60 tracks divided across three albums, themed as Close Harmony, Spiritual and Secular. What unites every track across these albums is the quality of the material. Whether ancient motets, brand new commissions or much-loved arrangements of close-harmony music from the last 50 years, The King's Singers have put together a selection of great music that reflects the extra-ordinary diversity of their repertoire.


CD 1: Close Harmony
Chilcott: We Are
Lennon & McCartney: And I Love Her (arr. Bob Chilcott)
Frances: Don’t Worry About Me (arr. Christopher Bruerton)
Kidjo: Kelele (arr. Toby Young)
Joel: And So It Goes (arr. Bob Chilcott)
Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg: Down with Love (arr. Gordon Langford)
Legend: All of Me (arr. Alexander L’Estrange)
trad.: Shenandoah (arr. Bob Chilcott)
trad.: Lamorna (arr. Goff Richards)
Simon, P: Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy (arr. Andrew Jackman)
Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth, Justin Franks: See You Again (arr. Christopher Gabbitas)
Spike Milligan, Alan Clare: Alice in Wonderland (arr. Gordon Langford)
KT Tunstall: Black Horse and The Cherry Tree (arr. Alexander L’Estrange)
trad.: Danny Boy (arr. Peter Knight)
Lennon & McCartney: I'll Follow The Sun (arr. Bill Ives)
trad.: Bobby Shaftoe (arr. Gordon Langford)
Gershwin: Love is Here to Stay (arr. Richard Rodney Bennett)
trad.: Scarborough Fair (arr. Christopher Gabbitas)
Taylor, James: That Lonesome Road (arr. Simon Carrington)
trad.: Loch Lomond (arr. David Overton)
trad.: Down by the Riverside (arr. Robert Rice)
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.: MLK (arr. Bob Chilcott)

CD 2: Spritual
Henry George Ley: The Prayer of King Henry VI
Byrd: Sing joyfully
Chilcott: Thou, My Love, Art Fair
Palestrina: Sicut cervus
Tallis: In manus tuas Domine
Hession: Master of Music
Lasso: Musica Dei donum optimi
Rheinberger: 3 Geistliche Gesänge, Op.69 No.3: Abendlied
Bennett, R R: Sermons and Devotions: No.5 The Bell Doth Toll
Poulenc: Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise
Schütz: Das ist je gewißlich wahr, SWV 277
Reger: 8 geistliche Gesänge, Op.138: No.2 Morgengesang
Whitacre: This Marriage
Salamone Rossi Hebreo: Psalm 124
Lobo, A: Versa est in luctum
Vaughan Williams: Rest
Poole, G: Wymondham Chants: Scherzo. Tutivillus
Stanford: 8 Part Songs, Op.118: No.3 The Bluebird

CD 3: Secular
Rutter: Be not afeard
Fauré: 2 Songs, Op.1: No.1 Le papillon et la fleur (arr. Goff Richards)
Lasso: Dessus le Marche d'Arras
Byrd: Though Amaryllis dance in green
Vasquez, J: Lágrimas de mi consuelo
Takemitsu: Handmade Proverbs
Saint-Saëns: 2 Choeurs, Op.71: No.1 Les Marins de Kermor
Anchieta: Con amores, la mi madre (arr. Bob Chilcott)
Brahms: 7 Lieder, Op.62: No.5 All meine Herzgedanken
Schubert: 4 Gesänge, D.983: No.4 Die Nacht
Jeune: Revecy Venir du Printans
Saint-Saëns: Romance du soir, Op.118
Dijk: Horizons
Martini, J P: Plaisir d’amour (arr. Goff Richards)
Johnson, E: Come, blessed Bird
trad.: The Little Green Lane (arr. Samuel Ernest Lovatt)
Senfl: Das Glaut zu Speyer
Despres: Basiez moi!
Vasquez, J: Gentil senora mia
Auric: Quand tu dors près de moi (arr. Gordon Langford)


...what hits you first and leaves you last when listening to this project is the astonishing, exhilarating musicianship of these singers. You may or may not enjoy the group’s signature sound, with its diffuse bass warmth and blowsy top line (which has miraculously survived the departure of longstanding countertenor David Hurley), but there’s no arguing with tuning that electrifies even the simplest of chords, or with a vocal blend that turns cluster chords into gauzy clouds of colour.  Alexandra Coghlan
Gramophone December 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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