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The King's Singers Collection


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 120   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousCarlo GesualdoTraditionalPaul McCartney,   ... 
Performer:  Paul PhoenixRobin TysonStephen ConnollyDavid Hurley,   ... 
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's SingersConcordia
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

5 CDs for the price of 3!

To celebrate The King’s Singers' 40th anniversary year, the group releases five of their best-selling Signum titles (3 full albums and 2 CD singles) from the last six years, listed below, in a new CD collection.

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album cover Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Maundy Thursday / King's Singers

In order to fit the most important music for the Maundy Thursday service on one CD, the King's Singers chose to modify the number and placement of the lessons,
Read more ultimately including only those sung to a designated plainchant melody. Each of the lessons is followed by a set of three responsories. The program closes with Gesualdo's setting of the canticle Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel. If you're thinking of Gesualdo the "extreme-harmonist", as we hear famously in his madrigals, you won't notice so much of that style here--this church music is decidedly moody and relatively refined yet not completely immune from occasional, sudden, delightful surprises.

The King's Singers are always a treat to hear, no matter the repertoire, although I can't remember ever hearing the ensemble sing plainchant before. However, as with everything this inimitable, impeccably-tuned and balanced, stylish male sextet does, the chant is expertly accomplished, and the following multi-part responsories are sincerely felt and warmly resonant. Although I still prefer the smoother transitions and more subtle dynamics and phrasing of the Hilliards, this is an excellent choice for this repertoire, rendered in clear, vibrant sound (when it comes to vocal music, it's always a plus when the name of engineer Mike Hatch appears in the list of recording credits). The liner notes are just detailed enough to define a proper context for composer and music and to provide a rationale for the programming.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

“The King’s Singers’ Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday is simply superb.” –- All Music Guide website

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album cover Six / King's Singers

This special CD single from the King's Singers, celebrating over 35 years of popular repertoire that has left audiences delighted across the globe, presents six pieces performed by the six vocalists over the years. The titles were selected to span the life of the group so far.

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album cover 1605 Treason & Dischord - William Byrd / King's Singers

[T]he program includes a performance of Byrd's wonderful Mass for 4 voices, one of the great Renaissance masterpieces... [I]t's sung to perfection. We also hear another stunning work by Byrd, the Civitas sancti tui, in a wrenchingly beautiful, trademark King's Singers performance. Thomas Weelkes' O Lord how joyful is the King is another highlight (this anthem was written shortly after the failed Gunpowder Plot, probably in thankfulness for the king's life being spared), and the several instrumental selections by Dowland (three from his famed Lacrimae) are ideally chosen and performed.

Listeners will be most taken with--and certainly startled by--Pott's ingenious creation, given the "quasi-Elizabethan" title Master Tresham, His Ducke (he explains its provenance in the notes). Its mix of ancient and modern, including some direct quotes from Byrd, and its dramatic texts make for a compelling 14 minutes, ending with the most delightfully diabolical enunciation of the word "Amen" you will ever hear. I should also mention that in the notes is an "imaginary monologue" by Deborah Mackay in which Byrd "talks us through the events that led up to and followed the unmasking of the Gunpowder Plot." There also are references to the similarities between that event and modern-day terrorism, and to the evils of tyrants and the misguided motivations of "western political opportunists". Yes, no doubt this is an interesting release. Not only is it opportune and thought-provoking, but it's one of the more programmatically bold and musically satisfying discs to appear in a long while.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

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album cover Tallis: Spem In Alium / King's Singers

“One can’t help but admire the impeccable intonation, rhythmic precision and immaculate ensemble of this performance.” -– BBC Music Magazine

Along with Spem in alium, this CD single includes interviews with the King's Singers.

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album cover Landscape & Time / King's Singers

Signum continues to show the serious side of the King’s Singers with this wonderful a capella album. As with their previous releases on Signum, the programme concept of this King’s Singers album is an interesting one. The songs assembled here explore the notion that all of us are shaped by our own time and place in the world... Lovers of serious choral repertoire and admirers of excellent ensemble singing will be well pleased with this disc.

-- Tim Perry, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Responsories (9), Feria 5: no 1, In monte Oliveti by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Responsories (9), Feria 5: no 2, Tristis est anima mea by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Responsories (9), Feria 5: no 3, Ecce vidimus eum by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Responsories (9), Feria 6: no 1, Omnes amici miei by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Responsories (9), Feria 5: no 5, Judas mercator pessimus by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Responsories (9), Feria 5: no 6, Unus ex discipulis meis by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Responsories (9), Feria 5: no 7, Eram quasi agnus innocens by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Responsories (9), Feria 5: no 8, Una hora non potuistis by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Responsories (9), Feria 5: no 9, Seniores populi by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel by Carlo Gesualdo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1611; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Down in the valley by Traditional
Performer:  Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Robin Tyson (Countertenor), Stephen Connolly (Bass),
David Hurley (Countertenor), Philip Lawson (Baritone), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: USA 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Blackbird by Paul McCartney
Performer:  Stephen Connolly (Bass), Robin Tyson (Countertenor), Paul Phoenix (Tenor),
David Hurley (Countertenor), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone), Philip Lawson (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1968; England 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
The Wishing Tree by Joby Talbot
Performer:  Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone), Stephen Connolly (Bass), Philip Lawson (Baritone),
Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Robin Tyson (Countertenor), David Hurley (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Lullabye "Goodnight, my angel" by Billy Joel
Performer:  Robin Tyson (Countertenor), David Hurley (Countertenor), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone),
Stephen Connolly (Bass), Philip Lawson (Baritone), Paul Phoenix (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Betsy: Blue Skies by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone), Stephen Connolly (Bass), David Hurley (Countertenor),
Robin Tyson (Countertenor), Philip Lawson (Baritone), Paul Phoenix (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
Performer:  Stephen Connolly (Bass), David Hurley (Countertenor), Robin Tyson (Countertenor),
Philip Lawson (Baritone), Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: M. George Whitehead his Almand by John Dowland
Performer:  Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
18.
Mass for 4 Voices: Kyrie by William Byrd
Performer:  Sarah Baldock (Organ), Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1592-1593; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Greek 
19.
My Ladye Nevalls Booke: A Fancie on C by William Byrd
Performer:  Sarah Baldock (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
20.
Mass for 4 Voices: Gloria by William Byrd
Performer:  Mark Levy (Viola da gamba), Sarah Baldock (Organ)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
21.
Cantica sacra (21), Volume 1: no 2, Ardens est cor meum by Richard Dering
Performer:  Mark Levy (Viola da gamba), Sarah Baldock (Organ)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1618; Brussels, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
22.
Civitas sancti tui by William Byrd
Performer:  Mark Levy (Viola da gamba), Sarah Baldock (Organ)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1589; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
23.
Cantiones sacrae, pro praecipuis festis totius anni: Ave Maria gratia plena by Peter Philips
Performer:  Sarah Baldock (Organ), Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1612; Brussels, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
24.
Mass for 4 Voices: Credo by William Byrd
Performer:  Sarah Baldock (Organ), Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
25.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Sir Henry Umptons Funerall by John Dowland
Performer:  Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
26.
O Lord, how joyful is the king by Thomas Weelkes
Performer:  Sarah Baldock (Organ), Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
27.
From virgin's womb: Rejoice, rejoice by William Byrd
Performer:  Sarah Baldock (Organ), Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
28.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: M. Bucton his Galiard by John Dowland
Performer:  Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
29.
Mass for 3 Voices: Sanctus by William Byrd
Performer:  Mark Levy (Viola da gamba), Sarah Baldock (Organ)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1593-1594; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
30.
Mass for 4 Voices: Benedictus by William Byrd
Performer:  Mark Levy (Viola da gamba), Sarah Baldock (Organ)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1592-1593; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
31.
Master Tresham, his Ducke by Francis Pott
Performer:  Sarah Baldock (Organ), Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 
32.
Mass for 3 Voices: Agnus Dei by William Byrd
Performer:  Sarah Baldock (Organ), Mark Levy (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Mark Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1593-1594; England 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
33.
Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Robin Tyson (Countertenor), Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone),
Philip Lawson (Baritone), Stephen Connolly (Bass), David Hurley (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Venue:  Angel Studios, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
34.
Sermons and Devotions: The Seasons of His Mercies by Richard Rodney Bennett
Performer:  Andrew Swait (Treble)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; England 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
35.
Psalms of David by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Andrew Swait (Treble)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Estonia 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Estonian 
36.
Remembered Love by Jackson Hill
Performer:  Andrew Swait (Treble)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2004 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Japanese 
37.
House of Winter by Peter Maxwell Davies
Performer:  Andrew Swait (Treble)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; England 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
38.
Rakastava, Op. 14 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Andrew Swait (Treble)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Finnish 
39.
Evening Song by Zoltán Kodály
Performer:  Andrew Swait (Treble)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Hungary 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Hungarian 
40.
Even such is time by Robert Chilcott
Performer:  Andrew Swait (Treble)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
41.
Scenes in America Deserta by John McCabe
Performer:  Andrew Swait (Treble)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986 
Venue:  St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 

Featured Sound Samples

Responsories, Feria 5 (Gesualdo): No 2: Tristis est anima mea
Even Such Is Time (Chilcott)

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