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Great American Songbook / King's Singers


Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 341  
Composer:  Cy ColemanRichard RodgersCole PorterArthur Hamilton,   ... 
Conductor:  David Firman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's SingersJutland Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Around the time The King's Singers was starting up, one of the most productive periods of songwriting in history was coming to a close in America, starting with composers such as Gershwin, Kern, Berlin and Porter in the early 1920s, and continuing through to the early 1960s.

In this new 2-CD studio recording - featuring brand new a cappella arrangements by jazz composer and arranger Alexander L'Estrange, and swing-orchestra performances with the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra - The King's Singers bring their own unique performance style to this wonderful music.
Around the time The King's Singers was starting up, one of the most productive periods of songwriting in history was coming to a close in America, starting with composers such as Gershwin, Kern, Berlin and Porter in the early 1920s, and continuing through to the early 1960s.

In this new 2-CD studio recording - featuring brand new a cappella arrangements by jazz composer and arranger Alexander L'Estrange, and swing-orchestra performances with the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra - The King's Singers bring their own unique performance style to this wonderful music.
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Best is Yet to Come by Cy Coleman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Pal Joey: Bewitched, bothered and bewildered by Richard Rodgers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
3.
Babes in arms: The lady is a tramp by Richard Rodgers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
4.
Babes in arms: My funny valentine by Richard Rodgers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
5.
Seven Lively Arts: Ev'ry time we say goodbye by Cole Porter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
6.
Red, Hot and Blue: It's de lovely by Cole Porter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
7.
Paris: Let's Misbehave by Cole Porter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
8.
Jubilee: Begin the beguine by Cole Porter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
9.
Gay Divorcée: Night and Day by Cole Porter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
10.
Born to Dance: I've got you under my skin by Cole Porter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
11.
Cry Me a River by Arthur Hamilton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
12.
Cotton Club Parade: I've Got The World on a String by Harold Arlen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932 
13.
When I Fall in Love by Victor Young
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
14.
La Mer by Charles Trenet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
15.
Top Hat: Cheek to Cheek by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
16.
At Last by Harry Warren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Modern 
17.
Roberta: I Won't Dance by Jerome Kern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
18.
At Last by Harry Warren
Conductor:  David Firman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
19.
Seven Lively Arts: Ev'ry time we say goodbye by Cole Porter
Conductor:  David Firman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
20.
Red, Hot and Blue: It's de lovely by Cole Porter
Conductor:  David Firman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
21.
Paris: Let's Misbehave by Cole Porter
Conductor:  David Firman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
22.
Jubilee: Begin the beguine by Cole Porter
Conductor:  David Firman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
23.
Babes in arms: The lady is a tramp by Richard Rodgers
Conductor:  David Firman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
24.
Babes in arms: My funny valentine by Richard Rodgers
Conductor:  David Firman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
25.
Cotton Club Parade: I've Got The World on a String by Harold Arlen
Conductor:  David Firman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Brits take on the American songbook! February 16, 2014 By Jim  D. See All My Reviews "Although anything can turn up in a King’s Singers live concert, their albums have tended to be theme-based. Here the all-male sextet performs the repertoire collectively known as the Great American Songbook--by such writers as Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, and even Charles Trenet, whose “La Mer” became a hit for Bobby Darin when fitted out with English lyrics as “Beyond the Sea”—in new arrangements by Alexander L’Estrange (“Cheek to Cheek” has a clever musical joke for classical fans). The result is, like the Songbook itself, a mixed bag. Some of the humorous numbers are a bit cutesy, but the lushly-harmonized ballads are wonderful. A second bonus disc dresses up half of the a cappella selections with the addition of an orchestra (superfluous, IMO). The booklet doesn’t have the words to the songs, but you hardly need them: even if you haven’t known them all your life, the group’s diction is just fine, and their sound is as great as the music." Report Abuse
 Disappointing January 1, 2014 By Samuel C. (South Orange, NJ) See All My Reviews "The selection of songs and the presetation of this collection of the American Song Book is disappointing. The singing reminded me of a Barbershop Quartet. Not very good.." Report Abuse
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