Gold / The King's Singers
The King’s Singers celebrate their 50th anniversary with a celebratory 3-album set, combining three complete programs of Close Harmony, Spiritual and Secular pieces. The King's Singers write: “The current incarnation of King’s Singers approached this 50th Anniversary release with great excitement – albeit with some trepidation! How could we possibly create an album (or, as it turned out, three albums!) that would reflect all the group’s work over five decades, honoring its history and the achievements of our predecessors? In the end, we decided to go back to basics. We spent months trawling through programs and recordings to finalize this selection of music: old favorites that the group has performed for decades jostle for position with more recent additions (both classical and pop), and compete with brand new works commissioned especially for this project. A long-list of well over a hundred pieces has been whittled down to a final track-list of around sixty that, we feel, represents all the styles and musical epochs that The King’s Singers have championed across five decades of performance and recording.”
Looking back over 50 years of performances and recordings by the King;s Singers, it's hard to think of a group whose music-making has aged so well. The joy, generosity, and the eclecticism of their earliest recordings are all still the defining qualities of their latest. Here's to 50 more years.
Catalog Number: SIGCD500
Label: Signum Classics
Composer: Alan Clare, Alonso Lobo, Billy Joel, Bono, Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles Villiers Stanford, Claude Le Jeune, Edward Johnson, Eric Whitacre, Frances, Francis Poulenc, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Geoffrey Poole, George Gershwin, Georges Auric, Giovanni Palestrina, Harold Arlen, Heinrich Schütz, Henry George Ley, James Taylor, Jean Paul Egide Martini, Johannes Brahms, John Legend, John Lennon, John Rutter, Joseph Rheinberger, Josquin Des Préz, Juan de Anchieta, Juan Vasquez, Justin Franks, Katie Tunstall, Kidjo Angelique, Ludwig Senfl, Max Reger, Orlando de Lassus, Paul Simon, Péter Louis Van Dijk, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard Rodney Bennett, Robert Chilcott, Salamone Rossi, Thomas Tallis, Toby Hession, Toru Takemitsu, Traditional, William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble: King's Singers