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The Swingle Singers Anthology

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Works
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine kleine Nachtmusik
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gigue for Keyboard in G major, K 574
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K 626
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano in A major
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Work(s)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720
>Bach, Johann Christoph : Work(s)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Well-Tempered Clavier
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 373 (BC F133)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 368
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata no 2 for unaccompanied violin
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 2
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : St. Matthew Passion
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 60, "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" BWV 60
>Rossini, Gioachino : Guillaume Tell
>Henry VIII, King of England : Pastimes With Good Company
>Debussy, Claude : Chansons (3) de Charles d'Orléans
>Debussy, Claude : Quant j'ai ouy le tambourin sonner, for chorus, L. 92/2
>Debussy, Claude : Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain, for chorus, L. 92/3
>Lennon, John : The Fool on the Hill
>Lennon, John : Lady Madonna
>Lennon, John : Day tripper
>Lennon, John : Blackbird
>René, Leon : Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Sondheim, Stephen : Another Hundred People, song (for the musical Company)
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Mancini, Henry : Peter Gunn Theme
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture, Op. 49
>Traditional, Peruvian : Cachapaya
>Traditional, American : Star of the County Down
>Argentinian, Traditional : El Paisanito
>Traditional, Chilean : De Punta y Taco
>Welsh Traditional : The Ash Grove (The Master Has Come), song (a.k.a. "Llwyn onn")
>Welsh Traditional : David of the White Rock (Dafydd y Garreg Wen), folk song
>Traditional : The Drunken Sailor
>Anonymous : Ciao, Bella, Ciao
>Traditional, French : L'amour de moy, chanson
>Anonymous : Country Dances
>Traditional, Australian : Waltzing Matilda, folk song
>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
>Traditional, Scottish : Charlie Is My Darling, folk song
>Traditional, Scottish : Loch Lomond
>Traditional, Irish : Sally Gardens
>Traditional Spiritual : Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
>Anonymous : Viel Freuden Mit Sich Bringet
>Traditional, English : Bushes and briars, folk song
>Anonymous : Sakkijarven polkka
>Traditional, Swedish : Vem kan segla forutan vind? (Who Can Sail Without Wind?)
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Swingle Singers may be said to combine a certain type of American music from the first part of the twentieth century with the culture of "old" Europe. Contrary to what one might imagine, this was originally a French group, founded in 1962 and directed by Ward Swingle, an American living in Paris. The configuration of the group has never changed: eight singers (two each of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass-baritone) covering between them the whole of the vocal and "instrumental" range demanded by the adaptations or transpositions which, together with works created specially for them, go to make up their repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Since being founded by tenor and leader Ward Swingle in the 1960s, the Swingle Singers have been regarded as one of the most brilliant a cappella vocal ensembles in the world. The group's virtuosic repertoire developed over decades from a core body of vocal arrangements, primarily of the music of J.S. Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to a more extensive catalog of pieces, including popular hits, early music, folk songs, and fresh takes on other classical composers. The four discs in Virgin's The Swingle Singers cover all this ground, so it is as comprehensive a survey of this dynamic octet as can be without over-emphasizing any one area. Because the Swingle Singers made their name through jazzed-up versions of Bach and Mozart, it's easy to stereotype them as an enormously talented but gimmicky ensemble that is more for fun than for serious listening. But it takes considerable skill and stamina to vocalize the whole of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor and extraordinary versatility to jump from literally breathtaking arrangements of Bach fugues to songs by Lennon and McCartney, themes by Henry Mancini, international folk ballads, piano pieces by Debussy, and an edited but highly entertaining version of the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky; such talent has to be taken seriously and appreciated as art. The performances in this set differ, whether as studio or concert recordings with various dates, but the all-digital sound is quite evenly balanced over the tracks, so few volume adjustments are required. ~Blair Sanderson



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Overture
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Works :: String Quartet in G major
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Un aura amorosa
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Eine kleine Nachtmusik :: Finale
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 :: Finale
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Canzonetta
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Terzettino
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gigue for Keyboard in G major, K 574
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 :: Andante
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K 626
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano in A major :: Finale
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Work(s) :: Fantasia in F minor and major
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1695

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Work(s) :: Fantasia and fugue
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Well-Tempered Clavier :: Prelude 18
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722-1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 11/25/1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 373 (BC F133)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo, BWV 368
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata no 2 for unaccompanied violin :: Andante
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 :: 1st movement
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208 :: Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 2 :: Badinerie
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Well-Tempered Clavier :: Fugue 8
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722-1740

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Work(s) :: Three-part invention
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor :: Et resurrexit
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1722-1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : St. Matthew Passion :: Blute nur
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Work(s) :: Organ Fuge
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3 :: Air (Air on a G string)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 60, "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" BWV 60 :: Es ist genug
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 11/07/1723

>Rossini, Gioachino : Guillaume Tell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Henry VIII, King of England : Pastimes With Good Company
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Debussy, Claude : Chansons (3) de Charles d'Orléans
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Debussy, Claude : Quant j'ai ouy le tambourin sonner, for chorus, L. 92/2
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Debussy, Claude : Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain, for chorus, L. 92/3
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Lennon, John : The Fool on the Hill
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967

>Lennon, John : Lady Madonna
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lennon, John : Day tripper
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lennon, John : Blackbird
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Leon René (1902 - 1982) : Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Otis Rene.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Sondheim, Stephen : Another Hundred People, song (for the musical Company)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Mancini, Henry : Peter Gunn Theme
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture, Op. 49
  • Running Time: 7 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Traditional, Peruvian : Cachapaya
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.

>Traditional, American : Star of the County Down
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.

>Argentinian, Traditional : El Paisanito
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.

>Traditional, Chilean : De Punta y Taco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.

>Welsh Traditional : The Ash Grove (The Master Has Come), song (a.k.a. "Llwyn onn")
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1728

>Welsh Traditional : David of the White Rock (Dafydd y Garreg Wen), folk song
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1794

>Traditional : The Drunken Sailor
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.

>Anonymous : Ciao, Bella, Ciao
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.

>Traditional, French : L'amour de moy, chanson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 14th Century

>Anonymous : Country Dances
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.

>Traditional, Australian : Waltzing Matilda, folk song
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1895

>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1855

>Traditional, Scottish : Charlie Is My Darling, folk song
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Scottish : Loch Lomond
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Written: by 1841

>Traditional, Irish : Sally Gardens
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional Spiritual : Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1865

>Anonymous : Viel Freuden Mit Sich Bringet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.

>Traditional, English : Bushes and briars, folk song
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.

>Anonymous : Säkkijärven polkka
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.

>Traditional, Swedish : Vem kan segla förutan vind? (Who Can Sail Without Wind?)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.