The King's Singers

Love Songs

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212056523
Catnr: SIGCD 565
Release date: 08 February 2019
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Signum Classics
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0635212056523
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SIGCD 565
Release date
08 February 2019
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Across the ages, Love has provided a constant theme to composers and songwriters. From choruses in Greek tradgey to the oral traditions of folksongs from all over the world, from opera to musical theatre, from parlour music to cabaret; and from the recital stage all the way to the Top 40, love is everywhere and we can't escape it.

It's no surprise that The King's Singers have recorded a huge number of love songs on all kinds of albums over the last fifty years. This selection has been curated especially to celebrate some of their favourite recent albums, and to show how rich and varied the tapestry of love songs we have today is.
Meer dan elk ander is 'liefde' een eeuwigdurend thema voor componisten en songwriters. Van refreinen in Griekse tragedies tot de mondelinge tradities van volksliedjes over de hele wereld, van opera tot musical, van salonmuziek tot cabaret en van het artiestenpodium tot de Top 40, we kunnen er niet aan ontkomen liefde is overal.

Het is dus niet verrassend dat The King's Singers de afgelopen vijftig jaar een groot aantal liefdesliedjes hebben opgenomen. Speciaal voor dit nieuwe album Love Songs hebben ze hun favoriete liedjes uitgezocht van albums die ze de afgelopen jaren hebben uitgebracht. De zangers laten zien hoe rijk en gevarieerd het aanbod aan liefdesliedjes is waaruit we heden ten dage kunnen kiezen.


The King's Singers

The King's Singers is een Engelse a capellagroep, opgericht op 1 mei 1968, door zes pas afgestudeerde koorstudenten van King's College, Cambridge. De bezetting bestond toen toevallig uit twee countertenoren, een tenor, twee baritons en een bas. Sindsdien is de groep nooit meer afgeweken van deze formatie. Het repertoire loopt van middeleeuwen, Renaissance, Bach tot Bacharach en pop. Vaak zingen ze eigen arrangementen. Het is één van de populairste vocale groepen ter wereld. De stijl van de zangers kenmerkt zich door een academisch geschoolde uitvoering, met een harmonische vermenging en balans van de verschillende stemmen, zuivere toonvorming, perfect uitgevoerde ritmes en vaak geestige teksten.

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The King’s Singers were officially born on May 1st 1968, formed by six recently-graduated choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge. Their vocal line-up was (by chance) two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has never wavered from this formation since. 2018 marks the 50th birthday of the group, and to celebrate, The King’s Singers are presenting their anniversary season: GOLD. Everything in this GOLD season, from triple-album to book and concert tour, celebrates the amazing musical heritage of The King’s Singers, and also looks at the bright future of vocal music in all its forms.

What really distinguished the group in its early years was its musical diversity. The King’s Singers were a weekly fixture on prime-time television, celebrating popular music never usually touched by choral ensembles, and their unique British charm, combined with their musical craft, captured audiences’ hearts the world over. The group has consistently been welcomed on the world’s great stages throughout its history – from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Opera House in Sydney or New York’s Carnegie Hall – as well as being ambassadors for musical excellence across the globe. Two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame sit among the numerous accolades bestowed upon the group.

This love of diversity has always fuelled The King’s Singers’ commitment to creating new music. A panoply of commissioned works by many of the supreme composers of our times – including Sir John Tavener, Toru Takemitsu, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, Nico Muhly, György Ligeti and Eric Whitacre – sits alongside countless bespoke arrangements in the group’s extensive repertoire. The group is determined to spread the joy of ensemble singing, and leads workshops and residential courses all over the world each season.

The world may have changed a lot in the fifty years since the original King’s Singers came together, but today’s group is still charged by the same lifeblood – one that wants to radiate the joy singing brings every day, and that wants to give life to audiences with their virtuosity and vision for an exciting musical future.

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