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ChristmasThe King's Singers
After the critical success of The King’s Singers last DVD ‘Live at the BBC Proms’ in 2008, this new video performance recorded at LSO St Luke’s in London sets an eclectic assortment of modern Christmas classics with special arrangements of some much loved favourites. Ranging from the beautiful simplicity of Michael Pretorius’s Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen to the mad capers of Gordon Langford’s arrangement of Deck the hall, this is a delightful programme which reflects a typical live King’s Singers Christmas show.
Praise for the King’s Singers CD 'Christmas' (SIGCD502) include:
"The King's Singers' style is beautifully detailed, and even the most familiar carols sound fresh"
Classic FM Magazine
"Precise intonation, instinctive articulation, a downy, luxuriant tone, all captured in an excitingly lifelike recording"
International Record Review
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What people are saying
" ... the sound and the performances are immaculate … It was recorded without an audience in LSO St Luke’s, so there’s a magical bloom to the sound."
The King's Singers
Release date: 5th Oct 2011
Order code: SIGDVD008
|1.||Veni, veni Emmanuel||Traditional, arr. Lawson|
|2.||Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen||Michael Praetorius|
|3.||Rise up, Shepherd, and follow||Traditional, arr. Davis|
|4.||Lullay my liking||Philip Lawson|
|5.||Gaudete||Traditional, arr. Kay|
|6.||There is a flower||John Rutter|
|8.||Villanšico Catalan||Traditional, arr. Richards|
|9.||O little one sweet||Traditional, harmonised JS Bach|
|10.||La peregrinašion||Traditiona, arr. Knight|
|11.||Stille nacht||Franz Gruber / Joseph Mohr, arr. Rutter|
|12.||Joy to the World||Lowell Mason / Isaac Watts, arr. Lawson|
|13.||El ni˝o querido||Traditional, arr. Richards|
|14.||Born on a new day||John David, arr. Knight and Lawson|
|15.||Jingle Bells||James Lord Pierpont, arr. Langford|
|16.||Christmas Song||Mel TormÚ / Robert Wells, arr. Knight|
|17.||God rest you merry gentlemen||Traditional, arr. Keating|
|18.||The Little Drummer Boy||Katherine Davis / Henry Onorati / Harry Simeone / arr. John McCarthy|
|19.||Deck the hall||Thomas Oliphant, arr. Langford|
Traditional Christmas fare, effortlessly delivered by six blokes in matching attire. Mostly suits, and occasionally smart casual. The visuals are a bit of a distraction here – such a pity, as the sound and the performances are immaculate. But this is effectively a film of men standing up, standing still, occasionally changing their matching ties. It was recorded without an audience in LSO St Luke’s, so there’s a magical bloom to the sound. And when the programme goes off the beaten track, with exquisite performances of lesser-known carols from France, Germany or Spain, it’s a lovely listen. I was less convinced by their flashy take on songs like "Jingle Bells" or their 5/8 reimagining of "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen". Both are technically remarkable but a bit soulless. Though I did enjoy their version of Mel Tormé’s "Christmas Song". You could almost be watching an old lunchtime episode of Pebble Mill at One.
The Arts Desk, Graham Rickson