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Christmas Presence / The King's Singers


Release Date: 09/01/2017 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 497  
Composer:  AnonymousOrlando de LassusMichael PraetoriusWilliam Byrd,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Expanded Edition: This album contains new tracks that were not available on the original, limited release version, released on-demand in 2015

The essence of The King’s Singers has always been live performance. On Christmas Presence, the beloved acapella group gives the listener the experience of being at a live King’s Singers concert in one of the world’s most beautiful buildings, from the comfort of their own home. The program for this special holiday concert takes the listener through various ages and styles of music, from the Renaissance to the present day. A sublime accompaniment to the holiday season, the King's Singers open with sacred music, move through modern carols, and end with festive musical
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REVIEWS:

This live performance catches The King’s Singers in particularly fresh, spontaneous fettle, as their 50th anniversary approaches.

– BBC Music Magazine

Recorded live at King’s College, Cambridge in 2015, the King’s Singers are as alluring as ever. All is given with that familiar, deliciously fragile refinement.

– The Sunday Times (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hodie Christus natus est by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Medieval 
2.
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 
3.
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Baroque 
4.
Beata viscera Mariae Virginis by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
6.
Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël: no 1, O magnum mysterium by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; France 
7.
Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël: no 2, Quem vidistis pastores by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
8.
Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël: no 4, Hodie Christus natus est by Francis Poulenc
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; France 
9.
A spotless rose by Herbert Howells
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
10.
Here is the little door by Herbert Howells
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
11.
Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus: no 3, Sing lullaby by Herbert Howells
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1920; England 
12.
I Saw Three Ships by Clive Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
13.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Written: England 
14.
La Peregrinación by Ariel Ramirez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Modern 
15.
The Christmas Song by Mel Torme
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
16.
Still, weil's Kindlein Schlafen will by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
17.
Jingle Bells by James Pierpont
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; USA 
18.
A Thanksgiving by Robert Chilcott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Six Pitches - One Voic e! December 21, 2017 By Patrick F. (Oak Park, IL) See All My Reviews "Ensemble singing with (VERY) few peers. Listen to their unison singing, dead-on pitch, the unanimity of vowels sounds, the group dynamics contrasted with an emphasis on one or two voices, the long lines, their ability to handle rubato, etc., etc. And you can't fully appreciate how really tight they are unless you see and hear them live and in person and experience how they pull it off so apparently effortlessly and with such panache (as they did on this disc). Lovers of a cappella singing should grab this disc." Report Abuse
 Merry Christmas October 5, 2017 By Raymond N. (Stratford, CT) See All My Reviews "An excellent selection to add to my Christmas CD collection" Report Abuse
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