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Greatest Hits / The King's Singers


Release Date: 02/05/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 14587   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalKatherine K. DavisFranz Xaver GruberCole Porter,   ... 
Performer:  Skaila KangaNancy HaddenManuel BarruecoChristopher Van Kampen,   ... 
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's SingersTragicomedia Instrumental EnsembleEnglish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Avoiding constant superlatives is difficult if not impossible in describing The King's Singers. They really must be heard to be believed. - The Washington Post

The King's Singers are a unique group. Aside from their unusual voice distribution (2 countertenors, 1 tenor, 2 baritones, and a bass), they have, over 40 years of performing and recording together, tackled repertoire ranging from the Beatles and Paul Simon to Cole Porter and Johann Strauss II. Though the music is constantly changing, the principles of what the group does have always remained the same: they endeavour to convey a love of their music, maintain a homogenous blend and balance combined with flawless intonation, and, when appropriate, present it with
Read more that special dry British sense of humor.

This double-album compilation from EMI's back catalog coincides happily with the group's 40th anniversary, and offers a good representation of the various incarnations of the group up until about 15 years ago. The variety of styles and genres present is striking: madrigals, folk songs, jazz, and pop; romantic, religious, and contemporary. There is something for everyone here -- not to be missed!

TRACKS:
La Dolce Vita
1. O dolce vita mia
2. Vecchie letrose non valete niente
All at Once Well Met
3. A little pretty bonny lass
4. Now is the month of maying
5. Fine knacks for ladies
How Excellent Is Thy Name
6. Resonet in laudibus
7. Christus resurgens ex mortuis
To all Things a Season
8. Bon jour mon cceur
9. La nuit froide et sombre
A la Française
10. Le baylere
11. Carnival of the Animals - Aquarium
12. Carnival of the Animals - Animals with long ears
13. Carnival of the Animals - The cuckoo
14. Carnival of the Animals - The swan
15. Pavane
My Spirit Sang All Day
16. Rest
17. Deep in My Soul
Folksongs of the British Isles
18. Scarborough Fair
19. Annie Laurie
20. Greensleeves
Johann Strauss II - Vocal Arrangements
21. Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
22. G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald
23. An der schönen blauen Donau

The Beatles Connection
1. Penny Lane
2. Help!
3. Yesterday
4. Eleanor Rigby
America
5. Bridge over Troubled Waters
6. The Sound of Silence
New Day
7. You Are the New Day
8. Three Times a Lady
9. The Rhythm of Life
10. Here Comes the Sun
Watching the White Wheat
11. Barbara Allen
12. Early One Morning
13. She Moved through the Fair
14. Bugeilo'r gwenith gwyn
15. Londonderry Air
16. 0 my love is like a red, red rose
A Little Christmas Music
17. The little drummer boy
18. Ding dong! Merrily on high
19. Stille Nacht
A Tribute to the Comedian Harmonists
20. Night and Day
21. Stormy Weather
22. The Barber of Seville - Overture
23. The Donkey Serenade
Kids' Stuff
24. Walking in the Air
Believe in Music
25. Something's Coming

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Works on This Recording

1.
Watching the Wheat by Traditional
Performer:  Skaila Kanga (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: Wales, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Welsh 
2.
She moved through the fair by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick 
3.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Nancy Hadden (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio no 2, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Chilcott 
4.
Scarborough Fair by Traditional
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio no 2, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Howard Goodall 
5.
Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Knight 
6.
Early one morning by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jeremy Jackson 
7.
Barbara Allen by Traditional
Performer:  Christopher Van Kampen (Cello), Marcia Crayford (Violin), Roger Chase (Viola),
David Ogden (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Rutter 
8.
My love is like a red, red rose by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: Scotland 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine K. Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Henry Onorati and Harry
Simeone.
Arranged: John McCarthy 
10.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: John Rutter.
St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London (05/26/2003 - 05/29/2003) 
11.
Stormy weather by Harold Arlen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranger: John Rutter.
St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London (05/26/2003 - 05/29/2003) 
12.
Firefly: Donkey serenade by Rudolf Friml
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; USA 
Language: English 
13.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Language: English 
14.
West Side Story: Something's coming by Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Language: English 
15.
The Snowman: Walking In the Air by Howard Blake
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; England 
Language: English 
16.
O dolce vita mia by Adrian Willaert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Tragicomedia Instrumental Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
Vecchie letrose by Adrian Willaert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Tragicomedia Instrumental Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1545; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18.
The First Set of English Madrigals: A little pretty bonny lass by John Farmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
Language: English 
19.
Now is the month of maying by Thomas Morley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
20.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 12, Fine knacks for ladies by John Dowland
Performer:  Robert Spencer (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
21.
Resonet in laudibus, motet for 5 voices, M. vii (S. iii/148) by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1569; Munich, Germany 
Language: Latin 
22.
Christus resurgens ex mortuis, motet for 5 voices, M. xii (S. v/54) by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Disk also contains: Josquin: Ardo si / Gregorian Sequence: Praetor rerum serirm, 2nd setting. 
23.
Bonjour, mon coeur by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Language: French 
24.
La nuict froide et somber (Du Bellay), chanson for 4 voices, B. xii/119 (S. xii/34) by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Language: French 
25.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Language: French 
26.
Rest by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; England 
Language: French 
27.
Choral Songs (4), Op. 53 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; England 
28.
Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar), Georg Hörtnagel (Double Bass), Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Georg Hörtnagel (Double Bass), Manuel Barrueco (Guitar), Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
30.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Georg Hörtnagel (Double Bass), Manuel Barrueco (Guitar), Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
32.
Penny Lane by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1967; England 
33.
Help! by John Lennon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1965; England 
34.
Yesterday by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1965; England 
35.
Eleanor Rigby by Paul McCartney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1966; England 
36.
Bridge over troubled water by Paul Simon
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Arranger: David Cullen. 
37.
The Sound of Silence by Paul Simon
Performer:  José Luis Garcia (Violin)
Conductor:  Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Arranger: David Cullen. 
38.
Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; England 
Language: English 
39.
You Are The New Day by John David
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Wales, UK 
Language: English 
40.
Three Times a Lady by Lionel Richie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
Language: English 
41.
Sweet Charity: Rhythm of Life by Cy Coleman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Language: English 
42.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 2, Baïlèro by Joseph Canteloube
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Language: French 
43.
Carnival of the animals: no 7, Aquarium by Camille Saint-Saëns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Language: French 
44.
Carnival of the animals: no 8, Characters with long ears by Camille Saint-Saëns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Language: French 
45.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Language: French 
46.
Choral Songs (4), Op. 53: no 2, Deep in my soul by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; England 
Language: French 
47.
Annie Laurie by Lady John Douglas Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio no 2, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Jeremy Jackman 
48.
Carnival of the animals: no 9, Cuckoo in the heart of the woods by Camille Saint-Saëns
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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