The King's Singers

Christmas Songbook

Price: € 13.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212045923
Catnr: SIGCD 459
Release date: 21 October 2016
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Signum Classics
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0635212045923
Catalogue number
SIGCD 459
Release date
21 October 2016
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This new release is the Christmas equivalent of The King’s Singers’ recent release, Great American Songbook. Paying homage to the a capella group’s heritage while still acknowledging their modern passion for swing, the group mixes Christmas classics like “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and “The Holly and the Ivy,” with modern tunes such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Sleigh Ride.” The group’s favorite arrangers have reworked all of these tunes specifically for the ensemble- Berty Rice, Keith Roberts, and Alexander L’Estrange.
Nieuwe bewerkingen van kerstliederen door de wereldberoemde King’s Singers
De wereldberoemde a cappellagroep The King’s Singers presenteert na hun Great American Songbook een kerstvariant, op een album dat eer betoont aan de wortels van het ensemble, terwijl het zijn huidige passie voor swing erkent.

Traditionele favorieten als The holly and the ivy, In the bleak midwinter, en het prachtige Oostenrijkse kerstlied Still, Still, Still proberen een gunstige positie te bemachtigen tussen moderne klassiekers als Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman en Sleigh Ride. Allen worden gepresenteerd in nieuwe bewerkingen van enkele van de favoriete arrangeurs van het ensemble: Berty Rice, Keith Roberts en Alexander L’Estrange.

De King’s Singers zijn beroemd om hun inzet om balans en intonatie in hun uitvoeringen met elkaar te vermengen, maar het is vooral het eenvoudige plezier in wat ze doen wat het publiek tot de verbeelding spreekt, en wat het ensemble al voor drieënhalf decennium op het toppunt van zijn kunnen houdt.

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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. In June 2017, the group will host their inaugural U.S. Summer School at DePauw University, Indiana and in July 2017 will return for their 3rdU.K. 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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