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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 : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>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 schonen, blauen Donau, Op. 314
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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.

Washington Post
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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Works Details

>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: Bill Jackman (Piccolo); Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Roger Chase (Viola); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Skaila Kanga (Harp); David Ogden (Violin)
  • 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: Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Bill Jackman (Piccolo); Roger Chase (Viola); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Skaila Kanga (Harp); 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: Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Bill Jackman (Piccolo); Roger Chase (Viola); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Skaila Kanga (Harp); David Ogden (Violin)
  • 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: Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Bill Jackman (Piccolo); Roger Chase (Viola); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Skaila Kanga (Harp); David Ogden (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
  • Performers: Bill Jackman (Piccolo); Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Roger Chase (Viola); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Skaila Kanga (Harp); David Ogden (Violin)
  • 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: Bill Jackman (Clarinet); Bill Jackman (Piccolo); Roger Chase (Viola); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Skaila Kanga (Harp); David Ogden (Violin)
  • 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); Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet); Michael Meeks (Trumpet); Michael Baines (French Horn); Adrian Lane (Trombone); Charles Fullbrook (Tambourine); Richard Hickox (Harpsichord); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • 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: Stephen Wick (Tuba); Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet); Michael Meeks (Trumpet); Michael Baines (French Horn); Adrian Lane (Trombone); Charles Fullbrook (Tambourine); Richard Hickox (Harpsichord); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performers: Stephen Wick (Tuba); Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet); Michael Meeks (Trumpet); Michael Baines (French Horn); Adrian Lane (Trombone); Charles Fullbrook (Tambourine); Richard Hickox (Harpsichord); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • 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 : Il barbiere di Siviglia :: [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: Stephen Stubbs (Chitarrone); Stephen Stubbs (Vihuela); Erin Headley (Bass Viola da gamba); Nancy Hadden (Flute); Nancy Hadden (Recorder); Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp); Andrew Lawrence-King (Tambourine)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Willaert, Adrian : Vecchie letrose
  • Performers: Stephen Stubbs (Chitarrone); Stephen Stubbs (Vihuela); Erin Headley (Bass Viola da gamba); Nancy Hadden (Recorder); 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

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals :: Aquarium
  • Performers: Hilary Macnamara (Piano); Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals :: Animals With Long Ears
  • Performers: Hilary Macnamara (Piano); Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : 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

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals :: The Swan
  • Performers: Hilary Macnamara (Piano); Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performers: Hilary Macnamara (Piano); Howard Shelley (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: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar); Nancy Hadden (Piccolo); Nancy Hadden (Flute)
  • 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: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar); Nancy Hadden (Flute); Nancy Hadden (Piccolo)
  • 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: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar); Nancy Hadden (Piccolo); 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: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar); Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald
  • Performers: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar); Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
  • 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, Op. 314
  • Performers: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar); Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1867
  • Studio/Live: Studio