A tribute, not a reproductionApril 3, 2012By J. Cohen (Irvine, CA)See All My Reviews"It may have been naive of me, but I came to this album expecting something a little different than what was actually there. I was expecting the King's Singers to be attempting a reproduction of the Comedian Harmonists' repertoire and style. Instead, the album really is a "tribute." None of the arrangements are from the Harmonists; instead, they are from the King's Singer's usual stable of arrangers, and adapt and expand the original music very freely. When I heard "Veronika" on this album, I wasn't sure what I was listening to for the first thirty seconds or so. The arrangements really fit the sonority of the King's Singers of 20-odd years ago, with weak countertenors instead of the strong high tenor of the Harmonists, virtuosic sound effects, and chords slightly jazzier than the Harmonists'. The sound is distinctly less relaxed and fun-loving than the Harmonists'. So, this is really a King's Singers album first, and a Comedian Harmonists album second. For what it is, the album is very pleasant listening, but it's not a substitute for the recordings of the original performers."Report Abuse
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