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Six - Berlin, Young, McCartney, Joel, Talbot / King's Singers


Release Date: 03/01/2005 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 56   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalPaul McCartneyJoby TalbotBilly Joel,   ... 
Performer:  Philip LawsonPaul PhoenixStephen ConnollyDavid Hurley,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Signum Records presents a special CD release from the King's Singers, celebrating over 35 years of popular repertoire that has left audiences delighted across the globe. Formed in 1968 by six Choral Scholars from King's College, Cambridge, the King's Singers quickly became a prominent musical force in the UK. The rest of the world soon followed so that today the group's engagements are spread throughout the four corners of the globe. The ensemble are renowned for their commitment to blend balance and intonation in their performances, but above all it is their simple enjoyment of what they do that has captured the imagination of the public, and kept the King's Singers at the top of their game for over three and a half decades. This album Read more presents six pieces performed by the six vocalists over the years. The titles were selected to span the life of the group so far: After the explosive rock decade of the 1960s in which the group was founded, you can almost hear the hair lengthen in Neil Young's 1970 song After The Goldrush. This was originally sung by the group with Nana Mouskouri on her BBC TV show, and has remained popular ever since; Irving Berlin's much-loved jazz classic Blue Skies is here sung in a cool and reflective arrangement by Richard Rodney Benett; the Beatle's Blackbird is one of the most requested encores happily sung to ecstatic audiences, an Daryl Runswick's arrangement perfectly maintains the feel of the original song. The remaining three tracks are all newly recorded pieces from the 21st century. Down to the River to Pray, a spiritual, appeared in the Coen brothers movie 'O Brother Where Art Thou?'; Billy Joel's Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel) is an example of the songwriter at his lyric best. Finally, The Wishing Tree was commissioned by the King's Singers and the BBC for the 2002 Proms, celebrating the present Queen's Golden Jubilee. Joby Talbotg, formerly of The Divine Comedy, was asked to compose a work in which to reflect Queen Elizabeth II's life, as well as incorporating a 16th century madrigal-element, in reference to the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Down in the valley by Traditional
Performer:  Philip Lawson (Baritone), Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Stephen Connolly (Bass),
David Hurley (Countertenor), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone), Robin Tyson (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: USA 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Philip Lawson.
Sarm West Studios, London, England (05/07/2004 - 06/10/2004) 
2. Blackbird by Paul McCartney
Performer:  Philip Lawson (Baritone), Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Stephen Connolly (Bass),
David Hurley (Countertenor), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone), Robin Tyson (Countertenor)
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 
Notes: Arranger: Daryl Runswick.
Sarm West Studios, London, England (05/07/2004 - 06/10/2004) 
3. The Wishing Tree by Joby Talbot
Performer:  Stephen Connolly (Bass), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone), David Hurley (Countertenor),
Philip Lawson (Baritone), Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Robin Tyson (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Sarm West Studios, London, England (05/07/2004 - 06/10/2004) 
4. Lullabye "Goodnight, my angel" by Billy Joel
Performer:  David Hurley (Countertenor), Stephen Connolly (Bass), Philip Lawson (Baritone),
Robin Tyson (Countertenor), Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Philip Lawson.
Sarm West Studios, London, England (05/07/2004 - 06/10/2004) 
5. Betsy: Blue Skies by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Stephen Connolly (Bass), David Hurley (Countertenor), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone),
Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Philip Lawson (Baritone), Robin Tyson (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Richard Rodney Bennett.
Sarm West Studios, London, England (05/07/2004 - 06/10/2004) 
6. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
Performer:  Stephen Connolly (Bass), David Hurley (Countertenor), Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone),
Philip Lawson (Baritone), Paul Phoenix (Tenor), Robin Tyson (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Sarm West Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Peter Knight.
Sarm West Studios, London, England (05/07/2004 - 06/10/2004) 

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