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The King's Singers - From Byrd To The Beatles

King's Singers
Release Date: 04/11/2006 
Label:  Acorn Media   Catalog #: 8652  
Composer:  William ByrdThomas WeelkesOrlando de LassusPierre Passereau,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The six Englishmen known as the King’s Singers enjoy a reputation as one of the world’s most sought after a capella vocal ensemble. This pre-eminent group has never diminished in virtuosity throughout its thirty-plus year history of sharing one of the widest repertoires imaginable with enthusiastic audiences around the globe. This programme features the King’s Singers performing some of their favourite works, a mixture of songs old and new.

As a special encore, the King’s Singers give a superb performance of Paul Drayton’s Masterpiece, a musical satire on four hundred years of Western music in nine minutes, with sections ranging from a fugue on the name “Johann Sebastian Bach” to an impressionistic rendering of “Debussy” in
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2005 is the 500th Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Tallis, the most influential English composer of his generation, as well as one of the most popular renaissance composers of today. The King’s Singers recently recorded Tallis’s famous forty-part motet, Spem in alium. How does a six-member ensemble perform this piece? All is revealed in sequences interspersed between the concert performances that show the singers at work solving this problem. The programme culminates with the ensemble’s remarkable rendition of this magnificent setting.
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Works on This Recording

1.
O Lord, make thy servant "A prayer for the King" by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
2.
Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum: Haec dies by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; London, England 
3.
As Vesta was, from Latmos hill descending by Thomas Weelkes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1601; England 
4.
Dessus le marche d'Arras, chanson for 6 voices, B. xi/105 (S. xvi/152) by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Notes: Arranged: Mason 
5.
Il est bel et bon by Pierre Passereau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
6.
Madrigals, Book 4: Luci serene e chiare by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1596; Italy 
7.
Evening Song by Zoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Hungary 
8.
Psalms of David: Happy is the Man by Cyrillus Kreek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Estonia 
9.
Agnus Dei by Max Reger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
10.
Psalm 121 by Cyrillus Kreek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
11.
Down to the river to pray by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Notes: Arranged: Lawson  
12.
Honey Pie by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1968; England 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with John Lennon.
Arranged: Hart 
13.
Blackbird by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1968; England 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with John Lennon.
Arranged: Runswick 
14.
Creole Love Call by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Kuhn 
15.
Seaside Rendezvous by Freddie Mercury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Hart 
16.
Lullabye "Goodnight, my angel" by Billy Joel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Lawson 
17.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Notes: Arranged: Runswick 
18.
Danny Boy by Fred Weatherley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
19.
Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
20.
Masterpiece by Paul Drayton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 

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