King's Singers, The

The Sound of The King’s Singers

8 Sep 2017

Barcode: 0190295764012

Other participants: The King’s Singers, Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley, Emil Gerhardt, Carl Davis, English Chamber Orchestra

With an unmistakable sound and repertoire that ranges from classical to pop, Renaissance to the Beatles, and from folksongs to pop songs through to the avant-garde, the fantastic vocal sextet the King’s Singers have enjoyed a unique global career. Formed in 1968, this exceptional group of English vocalists will be celebrating its 50th birthday in the coming year. The Sound of The King’s Singers combines three of the group’s most famous albums.

Whatever music finds its way to the Singers’ six stands, the product is always fresh and sung with a bright and full yet transparent vocal sound. This includes the lively madrigals from Italy, France, England, and Germany that they recorded in 1984 during their Madrigal History Tour, which, due to the collaboration with the instrumental ensemble Consort of Musicke led by Anthony Rooley, is considered a gem of early music. This is in contrast to a further great achievement of the sextet - the King’s Singers’ 1985 interpretations of the cheeky musical and film hits of the Comedian Harmonists, which stand as a tribute to the legendary German vocal sextet from the 1930s. In further contrast, the 1989 album America is a homage to the great US pop songs by Paul Simon, Randy Newman and Jimmy Web, with refined arrangements by David Cullen which were specially written for the King’s Singers and the English Chamber Orchestra under Carl Davis.