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Postcards - Traditional popular songs and folksongs from around the world / The King's Singers

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Feller from Fortune
>Richards, Goff : Le Baylère
>Chilcott, Robert : Arrirang, for chorus
>Traditional : Pokarekare Ana, for choir
>Langford, Gordon : The Oak and The Ash, for chorus
>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
>Chilcott, Robert : Tuoll on mun kultani, for chorus
>Traditional, American : Botany Bay
>Espin-Yepez, Enrique : Pasional, for chorus
>Abreu, Zequinha de : Tico-Tico no Fubá,a for voice & ensemble
>Traditional, German : Es dunkelt schon in der Heide (Ostpreußen)
>Traditional : Star of the County Down
>Traditional, Scottish : My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
>Traditional, Danish : Jeg gik mig ud en sommerdag (I went out on a summer's day), folk song
>Traditional, Spanish : El vito
>Manzanero, Armando : Contigo Aprendi
>Lawson, Philip : Zai no yao yuan de di fang, for chorus
>Welsh Traditional : Suo Gân (Lullaby), song
>Glasser, Stanley : Egoli, for chorus
>Traditional Spiritual : Little David, Play on Your Harp, spiritual
>Kodály, Zoltán [Composer] : Esti dal (Evening Song), folksong for high voice or mixed or male chorus
>Reisfeld, Bert : Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The King's Singers explore the folk songs and melodies of the world in a new program entitled Postcards. In their own words: "In our travels we have amassed a wonderful collection of folksongs and popular songs from numerous countries, many of which we use as encores when we visit. The influences and sources are extraordinarily far-ranging, and each song has its own local characteristics. To celebrate the diversity of music that we perform and the numerous countries we visit each concert season, we have recorded an album of some of our favorite folksongs from around the world." One of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles, The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing, they are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
Typically immaculate performances of songs collected by the King's Singers on their global travels, and used as encores. Velvet vocal blending is a given, and mellifluous arrangements.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
These Postcards are souvenirs from a musical voyage around the world undertaken by the redoubtable King's Singers, who have been combining sophisticated singing with a fizzy sense of fun since their founding in 1968. They stay in the family for some of their arrangements too, with former Kings Bob Chilcott and Simon Carrington among those crafting sixpart, all-male entries for this international songbook.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dennington Studios, Wellingborough, UK (03/25/2014-03/28/2014).

The King's Singers are at their a cappella best when they offer light, colorful programs that let them showcase the virtuosity and imagination of their arrangements. This delightful collection of "postcards" from countries around the world would be hard to top on these counts. The program consists of arrangements of traditional and popular songs from a variety of European cultures plus some beyond: Canadian, Korean, Maori, Brazilian, Mexican, Chinese, South African, and African-American. Each arrangement treats the text with insight, and many of them lightly suggest musical styles of the culture from which the song comes, with delightful effect (try the South African piece, "Egoli," track 19, for an example). The personnel of the group has changed over the years, but the present sextet of countertenors David Hurley and Timothy Wayne-Wright, tenor Paul Phoenix, baritones Christopher Bruerton and Christopher Gabbitas, and bass Jonathan Howard yield to none in their ensemble and ability to carry off simple emotional appeal and humor. Some of the arrangements here are new, but others were made in conjunction with visits by the group to various world capitals; they thus come pre-tested with local audiences. In all, this an unusually satisfying and enjoyable release even by the high standards of these perennial favorites. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Feller from Fortune
  • Ensemble: The King's Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.

>Richards, Goff : Le Baylère
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chilcott, Robert : Arrirang, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional : Pokarekare Ana, for choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.

>Langford, Gordon : The Oak and The Ash, for chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Modugno, Domenico : Volare
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Chilcott, Robert : Tuoll on mun kultani, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, American : Botany Bay
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.

>Espin-Yepez, Enrique : Pasional, for chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Abreu, Zequinha de : Tico-Tico no Fubá,á for voice & ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Traditional, German : Es dunkelt schon in der Heide (Ostpreußen)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional : Star of the County Down
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.

>Traditional, Scottish : My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1794-1797

>Traditional, Danish : Jeg gik mig ud en sommerdag (I went out on a summer's day), folk song
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Traditional, Spanish : El vito
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.

>Manzanero, Armando : Contigo Aprendi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lawson, Philip : Zai no yao yuan de di fang, for chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Welsh Traditional : Suo Gân (Lullaby), song
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Glasser, Stanley : Egoli, for chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional Spiritual : Little David, Play on Your Harp, spiritual
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Kodály, Zoltán [Composer] : Esti dal (Evening Song), folksong for high voice or mixed or male chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1938

>Reisfeld, Bert : Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern