The King's Singers

How Fair Thou Art

Price: € 13.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212045022
Catnr: SIGCD 450
Release date: 20 May 2016
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20 May 2016

About the album

The King’s Singers return with a new early-music recording that features 12 of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s beautiful polyphonic choral settings of the ‘Canticum Canticorum’ – better known as ‘The Song of Songs’ or Canticles, a collection of poetry in the Hebrew Bible on the theme of the joy and ecstasy of human love. These settings are framed by four of Palestrina’s Marian motets, works in honour of the Virgin Mary which he composed throughout his life.

Prachtige polyfone werken van Palestrina
De King’s Singers keren terug met een album met oude muziek, met daarop 12 van Palestrina’s prachtige polyfone toonzettingen van het Canticum Canticorum, beter bekend als het Hooglied. Dit is een collectie gedichten uit de Hebreeuwse Bijbel, op het thema van de vreugde en extase van de liefde van de mens. De werken worden omlijst door vier van de Mariamotetten van Palestrina, werken ter ere van de Maagd Maria die hij door zijn leven heen componeerde.

De King’s Singers, opgericht in 1968 door zes koorstudenten van het King’s College uit Cambridge, groeiden algauw tot een prominent ensemble binnen het Verenigd Koninkrijk, en de inmiddels hebben zij de rest van de wereld verorverd. De King’s Singers zijn beroemd vanwege hun toewijding om balans en intonatie in hun uitvoeringen met elkaar te vermengen, maar het is vooral het eenvoudige plezier in hun uitvoeringen wat het publiek tot de verbeelding spreekt, en wat het ensemble al voor drieënhalf decennium op het toppunt van hun kunnen houdt. Dit is de eerste opname waarop tenor Julian Gregory met het ensemble meezingt.


David Hurley countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright countertenor
Julian Gregory tenor
Christopher Bruerton baritone
Christopher Gabbitas baritone
Jonathan Howard bass

Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work, synonymous with the very best in vocal ensemble performance, appeals to a vast international audience. Performing to hundreds of thousands of people each season, the group tours regularly to Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia. Instantly recognisable for their immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction and incisive timing, The King’s Singers are consummate entertainers.

The group’s repertoire has evolved to become one of the most diverse and compelling imaginable. The King’s Singers have commissioned over 200 works, including landmark pieces from leading contemporary composers including Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Sir James MacMillan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Toru Takemitsu, Sir John Tavener, Gabriela Lena Frank and Eric Whitacre. They have also commissioned arrangements of everything from jazz standards to pop chart hits, explored medieval motets and Renaissance madrigals, and encouraged young composers to write new scores.

In addition to performing to capacity audiences and creating highly regarded and much-loved recordings, The King’s Singers share their artistry through numerous workshops and masterclasses around the world. The group hosts a biennial residential Summer School at Royal Holloway (part of the University of London) where they are also Ensemble in Residence. Among the work supported by The King’s Singers Foundation, A Carol for Christmas is a composition competition that seeks to encourage young and up-coming composers, giving the winners the chance for their piece to be performed in King’s College Chapel (Cambridge, UK).

Double Grammy® award-winning artists, the group were honoured in 2009 for their Signum Classics release, Simple Gifts, and again in 2012 for their contribution to Eric Whitacre’s Light and Gold album on Universal/Decca. Recently voted into Gramophone Hall of Fame, rave reviews and repeated sell-out concerts confirm that The King’s Singers remain one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.


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