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The King's Singers Greatest Hits

Album Summary

>Lennon, John : Penny Lane
>Lennon, John : Help!
>Lennon, John : Yesterday
>Lennon, John : Eleanor Rigby
>Simon, Paul : Bridge Over Troubled Water
>Simon, Paul : The Sounds of Silence
>David, John : You Are the New Day
>Richie, Lionel : Three Times A Lady
>Coleman, Cy : Sweet Charity
>Harrison, George : Here Comes the Sun
>Traditional, Scottish : Barbara Allen, folk song
>Traditional, English : Early One Morning, folk song
>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
>Welsh Traditional : Bugeilio'r gwenith gwyn (Watching the White Wheat), folk song
>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
>Traditional, Scottish : My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Porter, Cole : Night and day, song (from The Gay Divorcee)
>Arlen, Harold : Stormy Weather
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville, Overture
>Friml, Rudolf : Firefly
>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Willaert, Adrian : O dolce vita mia
>Willaert, Adrian : Vecchie letrose
>Farmer, John : The First Set of English Madrigals
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Now is the month of maying, madrigal for 5 voices
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fine knacks for ladies, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Lassus, Orlando de : Resonet in laudibus
>Lassus, Orlando de : Christus resurgens ex mortuis
>Lassus, Orlando de : Bon jour mon coeur
>Lassus, Orlando de : La nuict froide et sombre (Du Bellay), chanson for 4 voices, B. xii/119 (S. xii/34)
>Canteloube, Joseph : Chants d'Auvergne Vol 5
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Rest
>Elgar, Edward : Choral Songs (4), Op. 53
>Traditional, English : Scarborough Fair
>Traditional, Scottish : Annie Laurie, folk song
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad li
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Notes & Reviews:

The King's Singers are a unique group. Aside from their unusual voice distribution (2 countertenors, 1 tenor, 2 baritones and a bass), they have, over 40 years of performing and recording together, tackling repertoire ranging from the Beatles and Paul Simon to Cole Porter and Johann Strauss II. Though the music is constantly changing, the principles of what the group does have always remained the same: they endeavor to convey a love of their music, maintain a homogenous blend and balance combined with flawless intonation, and, when appropriate, present it with that special dry British sense of humor.

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Avoiding constant superlatives is difficult if not impossible in describing The King's Singers. They really must be heard to be believed.



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>Lennon, John : Penny Lane
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lennon, John : Help!
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lennon, John : Yesterday
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lennon, John : Eleanor Rigby
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Simon, Paul : Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Notes: Arranged: John Rutter
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Simon, Paul : The Sounds of Silence
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>David, John : You Are the New Day
  • Notes: Arranged: Jeremy Jackson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Richie, Lionel : Three Times A Lady
  • Notes: Arranged: Daryl Runswick
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Coleman, Cy : Sweet Charity
  • Notes: Arranged: Peter Knight
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Harrison, George : Here Comes the Sun
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Henry Onorati and Harry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Scottish : Barbara Allen, folk song
  • Performers: Christopher Kampen (Cello); Roger Chase (Viola); Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Bill Jackman (Piccolo); Marcia Crayford (Violin); David Ogden (Violin); Skaila Kanga (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1666
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, English : Early One Morning, folk song
  • Performers: Roger Chase (Viola); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Skaila Kanga (Harp); Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Bill Jackman (Piccolo); David Ogden (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Written: by 1866
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Irish : She Moved through the Fair, folk song
  • Performers: Skaila Kanga (Harp); Marcia Crayford (Violin); David Ogden (Violin); Bill Jackman (Piccolo); Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Roger Chase (Viola)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1700
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Welsh Traditional : Bugeilio'r gwenith gwyn (Watching the White Wheat), folk song
  • Performers: Marcia Crayford (Violin); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Skaila Kanga (Harp); Roger Chase (Viola); David Ogden (Violin); Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Bill Jackman (Piccolo)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
  • Performers: Bill Jackman (Piccolo); David Ogden (Violin); Skaila Kanga (Harp); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Roger Chase (Viola); Bill Jackman (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1855
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Scottish : My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
  • Performers: Marcia Crayford (Violin); David Ogden (Violin); Bill Jackman (Piccolo); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Roger Chase (Viola); Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Skaila Kanga (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1794-1797
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Davis, Katherine K. : The Little Drummer Boy "Carol of the Drum"
  • Performers: Stephen Wick (Tuba); Adrian Lane (Trombone); Charles Fullbrook (Tambourine); Richard Hickox (Harpsichord); Kiri Te Kanawa; Michael Baines (French Horn); Michael Meeks (Trumpet); Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1958
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet); Michael Meeks (Trumpet); Michael Baines (French Horn); Kiri Te Kanawa; Adrian Lane (Trombone); Charles Fullbrook (Tambourine); Richard Hickox (Harpsichord); Stephen Wick (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Kiri Te Kanawa; Charles Fullbrook (Tambourine); Michael Meeks (Trumpet); Michael Baines (French Horn); Stephen Wick (Tuba); Adrian Lane (Trombone); Richard Hickox (Harpsichord); Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Porter, Cole : Night and day, song (from The Gay Divorcee)
  • Performer: Emil Gerhardt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Arlen, Harold : Stormy Weather
  • Performer: Emil Gerhardt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville, Overture :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Emil Gerhardt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Friml, Rudolf : Firefly
  • Performer: Emil Gerhardt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Blake, Howard : The Snowman
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Willaert, Adrian : O dolce vita mia
  • Performers: Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp); Andrew Lawrence-King (Tambourine); Stephen Stubbs (Vihuela); Nancy Hadden (Recorder); Stephen Stubbs (Chitarrone); Erin Headley (Bass Viola da gamba); Nancy Hadden (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Willaert, Adrian : Vecchie letrose
  • Performers: Nancy Hadden (Recorder); Stephen Stubbs (Vihuela); Stephen Stubbs (Chitarrone); Erin Headley (Bass Viola da gamba); Nancy Hadden (Flute); Andrew Lawrence-King (Tambourine)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Farmer, John : The First Set of English Madrigals
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1599
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Now is the month of maying, madrigal for 5 voices
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1595.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1595
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fine knacks for ladies, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: John Fraser (Tabor); Robert Spencer (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1600
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lassus, Orlando de : Resonet in laudibus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lassus, Orlando de : Christus resurgens ex mortuis
  • Notes: Disk also contains: Josquin: Ardo si / Gregorian Sequence: Praetor rerum serirm, 2nd setting.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lassus, Orlando de : Bon jour mon coeur
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lassus, Orlando de : La nuict froide et sombre (Du Bellay), chanson for 4 voices, B. xii/119 (S. xii/34)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Canteloube, Joseph : Chants d'Auvergne Vol 5 :: Le Baylere
  • Performers: Hilary Macnamara (Piano); Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1930
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals :: Aquarium
  • Performers: Howard Shelley (Piano); Hilary Macnamara (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals :: Animals With Long Ears
  • Performers: Howard Shelley (Piano); Hilary Macnamara (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals :: The Cuckoo
  • Performers: Hilary Macnamara (Piano); Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals :: The Swan
  • Performers: Howard Shelley (Piano); Hilary Macnamara (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performers: Howard Shelley (Piano); Hilary Macnamara (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Rest
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Elgar, Edward : Choral Songs (4), Op. 53 :: Deep In My Soul
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1908
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, English : Scarborough Fair
  • Performers: Nancy Hadden (Piccolo); Nancy Hadden (Flute); Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Notes: Arranged: Howard Goodall
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1673
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Scottish : Annie Laurie, folk song
  • Performers: Nancy Hadden (Piccolo); Nancy Hadden (Flute); Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Notes: Arranged: Jeremy Jackman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1823
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
  • Performers: Nancy Hadden (Piccolo); Manuel Barrueco (Guitar); Nancy Hadden (Flute)
  • Notes: Arranged: Robert Chilcott
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1600
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
  • Performers: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet); Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald
  • Performers: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet); Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1868
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad li
  • Performers: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet); Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867
  • Studio/Live: Studio