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The Library Vol. 2

The King's Singers

The Library Vol. 2

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212063521
Catnr: SIGCD 635
Release date: 02 October 2020
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Signum Classics
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0635212063521
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SIGCD 635
Release date
02 October 2020
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This is the second volume in the EP series ‘The Library’. The idea behind this series is to explore both the history, and the new horizons, of The King’s Singers close-harmony repertoire. Close-harmony is the part of their work for which they are best known, and their library of thousands of arrangements is one they’re determined to explore, maintain and develop. The track -listing is designed to celebrate some old favourites from the library alongside brand new arrangements and adaptations, created especially for these recordings, which may perhaps become ‘old favourites’ of the future.

Volume 2 was recorded in the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings, Suffolk (UK) - a place most famous for its association with Benjamin Britten - and it proved to be a relaxing and inspiring place to work for two beautiful wintry days.
Dit is het tweede deel in de ep-reeks The Library van de King’s Singers. Het idee achter deze reeks is, om zowel in het verleden van de a-capellagroep te duiken, als nieuwe horizonten te ontdekken voor hun close harmony repertoire. Met dit album is het opnieuw genieten van de perfect op elkaar afgestemde, prachtige stemmen van deze Engelse zangers.

Close-harmony is, waar de King’s Singers om bekendstaan. Met de uitdrukking close-harmony willen ze hun lichtere repertoire beschrijven. De reeks The Library zien ze als de kans om ervoor te zorgen dat hun rijke ader van het schrijven en arrangeren niet opdroogt en dat deze muziek de bekendheid krijgt die het verdient. De groep is dan ook vastbesloten om hun close-harmony bibliotheek met duizenden arrangementen te blijven verkennen, onderhouden en ontwikkelen. Met de liederen die op dit album staan willen de King’s Singers hun oude favorieten eren en hopen ze dat de, speciaal voor deze opname gemaakte, nummers de ‘oude favorieten’ van de toekomst zullen worden. Elk deel van The Library reeks koppelt oude favorieten uit het archief van de groep aan gloednieuwe arrangementen en bewerkingen en zal een verscheidenheid aan liedjes bevatten die de fantastische diversiteit van de muziek uit de wereld van vandaag vieren.

Dit tweede deel werd opgenomen in de prachtige omgeving van Sneep Maltings, Suffolk (UK) - een plek die geassocieerd wordt met Benjamin Britten. Het was gedurende twee mooie winterse dagen een ontspannende en inspirerende plek om te werken.

Ruim 50 jaar geleden besloten zes, pas afgestudeerde, koorstudenten van King's College, Cambridge voor de lol samen te gaan zingen. De groep bestond toen toevallig uit twee countertenoren, een tenor, twee baritons en een bas. Dat klonk zo goed dat ze nooit meer zijn afgeweken van deze formatie. Hun repertoire loopt van middeleeuwen naar Renaissance, van Bach tot Bacharach en naar pop. Vaak zingen ze eigen arrangementen. Met hun unieke klank groeiden de King’s Singers uit tot één van de populairste vocale groepen ter wereld. Hun stijl 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

The King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their unrivalled technique, versatility and skill in performance, and for their consummate musicianship, drawing both on the group’s rich heritage and its pioneering spirit to create an extraordinary wealth of original works and unique collaborations. What has always distinguished the group is their comfort in an unprecedented range of styles and genres, pushing the boundaries of their repertoire, while at the same time honouring their origins in the British choral tradition. They are known and loved around the world, and appear regularly in major cities, festivals and venues across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, including Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Tonhalle Zurich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Edinburgh International Festival, Helsinki Music Centre, Sydney Opera...
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The King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their unrivalled technique, versatility and skill in performance, and for their consummate musicianship, drawing both on the group’s rich heritage and its pioneering spirit to create an extraordinary wealth of original works and unique collaborations.
What has always distinguished the group is their comfort in an unprecedented range of styles and genres, pushing the boundaries of their repertoire, while at the same time honouring their origins in the British choral tradition. They are known and loved around the world, and appear regularly in major cities, festivals and venues across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, including Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Tonhalle Zurich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Edinburgh International Festival, Helsinki Music Centre, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing. They also work with orchestras, recently including the NDR Radiophilharmonie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with whom they performed a specially commissioned work by Sir James MacMillan.
9 The King’s Singers’ extensive discography has led to numerous awards including two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame. As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018, the group undertook a series of major tours worldwide, supporting the release of a special anniversary album GOLD (also nominated for a Grammy Award), which featured important works in the group’s history and new commissions by Bob Chilcott, John Rutter and Nico Muhly.
This commitment to creating a new repertoire has always been central to the group, with over 200 commissioned works by many leading composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries, including John Tavener, Judith Bingham, Eric Whitacre, György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki and Toru Takemitsu. These join a unique body of close-harmony and a cappella arrangements, including those by individual King’s Singers past and present. Many of their early collaborators’ own experience with brass bands helped to inform the distinct ‘King’s Singers sound’ and a large number of their commissioned works and arrangements are available in their own signature series with Hal Leonard, selling over two million copies worldwide. A key to the group’s success has been their ability to evolve and innovate over many years – and through 28 individual members – while always retaining this special sound and musical integrity.
They also lead educational workshops and residential courses across the world, working with groups and individuals on their techniques and approaches to ensemble singing. In 2018 they founded The King’s Singers Global Foundation to provide a platform for the creation of new music across multiple disciplines, coach a new generation of performers and provide musical opportunities to people of all backgrounds.
The King’s Singers were formed in 1968, when six recent choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge gave a concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. By chance, the group was made up of two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has maintained this formation ever since that debut.
Patrick Dunachie countertenor Edward Button countertenor Julian Gregory tenor Christopher Bruerton baritone Nick Ashby baritone Jonathan Howard bass
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