Christmas Songbook The King's Singers

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Label: Signum Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

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  • Traditional, Berty Rice (1895):
  • 1Ding Dong Merrily on High (arr. B. Rice for vocal ensemble)05:23
  • 2Frosty The Snowman - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer01:23
  • Hugh Martin (1914-2011), Keith Roberts (1935-2000):
  • 3Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (arr. K. Roberts for vocal ensemble)03:21
  • Alexander L'Estrange (1974), Gustav Holst (1874-1934):
  • 4In the bleak midwinter (arr. A. L'Estrange for vocal ensemble)02:12
  • Richard S. Willis (1819-1900), Berty Rice (1895):
  • 5It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (arr. B. Rice for vocal ensemble)02:31
  • Alexander L'Estrange (1974), Meredith Willson (1902-1984):
  • 6It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (arr. A. L'Estrange for vocal ensemble)02:51
  • Adolphe Adam (1803-1856), Keith Roberts (1935-2000):
  • 7Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) (arr. K. Roberts for vocal ensemble)05:23
  • Alexander L'Estrange (1974):
  • 8Santa Claus is Coming to Town (arr. A. L'Estrange for vocal ensemble)01:23
  • Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863), Keith Roberts (1935-2000):
  • 9Silent Night (arr. K. Roberts for vocal ensemble)03:21
  • Alexander L'Estrange (1974), Leroy Anderson (1908-1975):
  • 10Sleigh Ride (arr. A. L'Estrange for vocal ensemble)02:12
  • Alexander L'Estrange (1974), Traditional:
  • 11Still, Still, Still (arr. A. L'Estrange for vocal ensemble)05:23
  • Traditional, Berty Rice (1895):
  • 12The First Nowell (arr. B. Rice for vocal ensemble)01:23
  • Traditional:
  • 13The Holly and the Ivy03:21
  • Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (1877-1921), Keith Roberts (1935-2000):
  • 14Carol of the Bells (arr. K. Roberts for vocal ensemble)02:12
  • Alexander L'Estrange (1974), Traditional:
  • 15We Wish You a Merry Christmas (arr. A. L'Estrange for vocal ensemble)02:31
  • Irving Berlin (1888-1989), Berty Rice (1895):
  • 16Holiday Inn: White Christmas (arr. B. Rice for vocal ensemble)02:51
  • Total Runtime47:41

Info for Christmas Songbook

The King’s Singers follow their recent Great American Songbook album with the Christmas equivalent, on a disc that pays homage to the group’s roots whilst acknowledging their current passion for swing.

Traditional favourites such as “The First Nowell,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and the beautiful Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still,” jockey for position amongst modern-day classics like “Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Sleigh Ride.” All are presented in new arrangements by some of the group’s favourite arrangers: Robert Rice, Keith Roberts and Alexander L’Estrange.

„If you like the style of the King's Singers, with their delicate male extended jazz harmonies and their vocal dooby-doo-wahs and ching-ching-ching-ching-chings, you'll surely agree that the Christmas song, with its simple, familiar, and infinitely malleable materials, fits their work well. With the release of Christmas Songbook in 2016, they have issued three Christmas albums, plus one with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As the Christmas Songbook title suggests, this one is a bit more oriented toward American popular repertoire than the earlier ones, although there are still several traditional carols. These are placed as slow interludes, letting the vocal flights and jazzy elaborations settle down for a minute to luscious straight harmonies. For the full effect, though, sample one of the more ornate arrangements, like Winter Wonderland, which, like several other pieces on the album, is arranged by the composer Alexander L'Estrange. After nearly 50 years and countless changes in membership, the sound of the King's Singers has not only remained constant but has continued to develop, and that's why they still flourish while so many other ensembles have fallen by the wayside. An early recommendation for Christmas 2016 and beyond.“ (James Manheim, AMG)

“It mixes snappy arrangements of American secular favourites like Santa Claus is coming to town…the six-part harmonies are typically immaculate…King’s Singers diehards won’t hesitate” (BBC Music Magazine, AMG)

The King's Singers

The King's Singers
Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work, synonymous with the very best in vocal ensemble performance, appeals to a vast international audience. Performing to hundreds of thousands of people each season, the group tours regularly to Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia. Instantly recognisable for their immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction and incisive timing, The King’s Singers are consummate entertainers.

The group’s repertoire has evolved to become one of the most diverse and compelling imaginable. The King’s Singers have commissioned over 200 works, including landmark pieces from leading contemporary composers including Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Sir James MacMillan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Toru Takemitsu, Sir John Tavener, Gabriela Lena Frank and Eric Whitacre. They have also commissioned arrangements of everything from jazz standards to pop chart hits, explored medieval motets and Renaissance madrigals, and encouraged young composers to write new scores.

In addition to performing to capacity audiences and creating highly regarded and much-loved recordings, The King’s Singers share their artistry through numerous workshops and masterclasses around the world. In June 2017, the group will host their inaugural U.S. Summer School at DePauw University, Indiana and in July 2017 will return for their 3rd U.K. Summer School at Royal Holloway (part of the University of London) where they are also Ensemble in Residence. Among the work supported by The King’s Singers Foundation, A Carol for Christmas is a composition competition that seeks to encourage young and up-coming composers, giving the winners the chance for their piece to be performed in King’s College Chapel (Cambridge, UK).

Double Grammy® award-winning artists, the group were honoured in 2009 for their Signum Classics release, Simple Gifts, and again in 2012 for their contribution to Eric Whitacre’s Light and Gold album on Universal/Decca. Recently voted into Gramophone Hall of Fame, rave reviews and repeated sell-out concerts confirm that The King’s Singers remain one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.

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