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Live at the BBC Proms / King's Singers


Release Date: 12/09/2008 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 150   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Francis PoulencJohn McCabeOrlando de LassusPierre Passereau,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Despite the somewhat sterile concert-hall ambiance, this King's Singers' performance at the 2008 BBC Proms gives listeners a fair representation of the group's live concerts, in this case a sort of celebration/retrospective of the celebrated ensemble's 40-year history. There are several folksong arrangements (honoring King's Singers arrangers Gordon Langford, Philip Lawson, and Bob Chilcott), several madrigals and partsongs--staples of the group's rich and varied repertoire--and, perhaps the program's highlight, Poulenc's rarely-heard set of six Chansons Françaises Op. 130. There's virtuosity aplenty, most effectively displayed in Janequin's challenging "battle" piece, La Guerre, John McCabe's Scenes in America Deserta Read more (written for the King's Singers), and in an entertaining if musically ill-advised fit of overexuberance, the fastest rendition of Passereau's Il est bel et bon ever recorded.

The sense of "you are there" is confirmed by the group's frequent informative (and often humorous) talks to the audience, and by the inclusion of applause after each piece (not a plus for many CD listeners!), but there are certainly times where our enjoyment of the concert would be enhanced if we could only see the singers' onstage interaction and outward presentation to the audience (in fact, a DVD of this concert is available). Ultimately, this is a very satisfying recital that showcases the King's Singers and many of their classic concert pieces in one of Britain's hallowed events and performing venues. If you're a fan, you've already reserved a spot for this disc in your collection; if you're new to the King's Singers, one listen to this entertaining, characterful concert will have you looking for more.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chansons françaises (8): no 6, La belle si nous étions by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; France 
2.
Chansons françaises (8): no 2, La belle se siet au pied de la tour by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
3.
Chansons françaises (8): no 4, Clic, clac, dansez sabots by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
4.
Chansons françaises (8): no 3, Pilons l'orge by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
5.
Chansons françaises (8): no 7, Ah! mon Beau Laboureur by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
6.
Chansons françaises (8): no 8, Les tisserands by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; France 
7.
Scenes in America Deserta by John McCabe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986 
8.
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 
9.
Il est bel et bon by Pierre Passereau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
10.
Toutes les nuitz by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1563; Munich, Germany 
11.
Escoutez tous gentilz "La bataille de Marignan; La guerre" by Clément Janequin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
12.
Hears not my Phyllis by John Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
13.
Phillis is my only joy by John William Hobbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
14.
The Little Green Lane by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
15.
The Goslings by Frederick Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
16.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
17.
Blow away the morning dew by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
18.
Turtle dove by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: USA 
19.
Widdicombe Fair by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: Devon, England 
20.
Partsongs (7): no 6, The long day closes by Arthur Sullivan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; England 

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