Cambridge Singers

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Active: 1981 - ; England
The Cambridge Singers are a general-repertoire mixed-voice choir, one of the best known in the compact disc era. They are particularly associated with the wildly popular choral compositions of their founder, John Rutter, who established the group in 1981 expressly as a professional chamber choir for recording sessions. The initial nucleus of the group comprised seven former members of the Clare College Choir. All additional members had also been Read more choral scholars in British colleges. In 1984 Rutter took the next step in the construction of his empire by creating the Collegium Records label in order to record the Cambridge Singers. This was at the very beginning of the compact disc era, and the Cambridge Singers had one of the first major successes for a small independent label in their recording of the original orchestration of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, and other music by Fauré. The choir's beauty of tone and the exemplary recording of the album established both the label and the choir as top representatives of their type. Soon Collegium released the Singers in a recording of Rutter's own Requiem, a work much in the vein of the Fauré work, consolidating the reputation of the choir and the label, and arousing worldwide interest in Rutter's choral compositions, many of which are now frequently performed by choirs around the world. The Cambridge Singers are still primarily a recording ensemble, but they do make concert and church appearances.

"Cambridge Singers" is also the name of a well-regarded concert choir in the Los Angeles area, based in the city of Pasadena. Read less

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Active: 1981 - ; England
The Cambridge Singers are a general-repertoire mixed-voice choir, one of the best known in the compact disc era. They are particularly associated with the wildly popular choral compositions of their founder, John Rutter, who established the group in 1981 expressly as a professional chamber choir for recording sessions. The initial nucleus of the group comprised seven former members of the Clare College Choir. All additional members had also been Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Vivace e ritmico
II. Lento
III. Passacaglia
No. 1. Time
No. 2. Concord
No. 3. Time and Concord
No. 4. Country Girls
No. 5. Rustics and Fishermen
No. 6. Final Dance of Homage
No. 1: An die Sterne
No. 2: Ungewisses Licht
No. 3: Zuversicht
No. 4: Talismane
No. 1: Nicolette
No. 2: Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis
No. 3: Ronde
No. 1: Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder
No. 2: Quant j'ai ouy le tabourin
No. 3: Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain
No. 1: Margoton va t'a l'iau
No. 2: La belle se sied au pied de la tour
No. 3: Pilons l'orge
No. 4: Clic, clac, dansez sabots
No. 5: C'est la petit' fill' du prince
No. 6: La belle si nous etions
No. 7: Ah! mon beau laboureur
No. 8: Les tisserands


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