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Albrecht Mayer: Vocalise

Albrecht Mayer: Vocalise


Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Esurientes implevit bonis

arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann

Sinfonia Varsovia

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

arr. Chris Hazell

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Fauré:

Pavane, Op. 50

arr. Chris Hazell

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Hahn, R:

A Chloris

arr. Chris Hazell

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Handel:

Trio Sonata, HWV 393 in G minor

arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann

Jakub Haufa (violin), Monika Razynska (harpsichord)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Sinfonia Varsovia

Sarabande from Suite in D minor, HWV437

Solomon: Will the Sun Forget to Streak?

arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann

Sinfonia Varsovia

Verdi prati (from Alcina)

arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann

Sinfonia Varsovia

Humperdinck:

Abendsegen 'Abends will ich schlafen gehn' (Hänsel und Gretel)

arr. Joachim Schmeisser

The King’s Singers

Marcello, A:

Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D minor

New Seasons Ensemble

Marcello, B:

Se morto mi brami

New Seasons Ensemble

Mozart:

Ma che vi fece, o stelle...Sperai vicino il lido, K368

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

arr. Chris Hazell

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Schumann:

Romance in A major, Op. 94 No. 2

Markus Becker (piano)

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297: Largo

New Seasons Ensemble

Weismann, J:

Variations for oboe and piano, Op. 39: Var. IV – Lento, molto tranquillo

Markus Becker (piano)


“Breathing is key – it carries the soul and with it, the oboe starts to sing.” – Albrecht Mayer about his quest for the perfect cantabile line

Vocalise is a compilation of favourite pieces from Albrecht Mayer’s recent releases in which the oboe more than lives up to its reputation as a wind instrument remarkable for its singing tone.

The artist personally selected this collection ranging widely from Baroque arias of great virtuosity to the charm of the French chanson.

Even as a boy soprano with the Bamberg Cathedral Choir, Albrecht Mayer was already fascinated by the human voice, and although he later decided against pursuing a career as a singer and chose instead to become an oboist, he is unquestionably a magician who as soon as he breathes life into his instrument casts his spell on his listeners’ hearts and minds with the beauty of his playing, transforming the oboe into an irresistible vox humana.

“Albrecht achieves these incredible textures and beauty of tone which no other oboist seems to come close to …” – Nigel Kennedy

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The King's Singers Christmas Songbook

The King's Singers Christmas Songbook


1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

2. In the Bleak Midwinter

3. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

4. Still, Still, Still

5. Carol of the Bells

6. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

7. Frosty VS Rudolph, The Re-boo

8. White Christmas

9. Ding Dong! Merrily on High

10. The First Nowell

11. Sleigh Ride

12. The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot

13. Silent Night

14. Winter Wonderland

15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

16. We Wish You a Merry Christmas


Read our exclusive interview with King's Singers baritone Jonathan Howard about the disc here.

World-renowned a cappella group, and national treasures, 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 holly and the ivy,” “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: Berty Rice, Keith Roberts and Alexander L’Estrange.

“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, Christmas 2016 ****

“In the wrong hands it could be ghastly, but it works, thanks to the quality of arrangements by Alexander L’Estrange, Keith Roberts and Robert Rice – and, of course, the excellence of the singing.” The Guardian, 18th December 2016

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How Fair Thou Art

How Fair Thou Art

Biblical Passions by Palestrina


Palestrina:

Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui

Pulchrae sunt genae tuae

Tota pulchra es, amica mea

Nigra sum sed formosa

Regina coeli

Trahe me post te

Veni, dilecte mi

Surge, propera amica mea (from Canticum canticorum)

Descendi in hortum meum

Ave Regina caelorum a 8

Sicut lilium inter spinas (from Canticum canticorum, Motets Book IV)

Osculetur me osculo oris sui

Ecce tu pulcher es

Sicut lilium inter spinas (from Motets Book I)

Salve regina

Antiphon: Alma Redemptoris Mater


The King’s Singers return with a new early-music recording that features 12 of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s beautiful polyphonic choral settings of the ‘Canticum Canticorum’ – better known as ‘The Song of Songs’ or Canticles, a collection of poetry in the Hebrew Bible on the theme of the joy and ecstasy of human love. These settings are framed by four of Palestrina’s Marian motets, works in honour of the Virgin Mary which he composed throughout his life.

This recording is the first to feature performances from the group’s new tenor Julian Gregory.

“The King’s Singers maintain an admirably cool approach to these 16th-century sizzlers.” The Guardian, 6th March 2016 ***

“The King’s Singers’ sweetness of tone seems perfectly to march the sense of the text. The decision to break up the cycle allows them to vary the scoring from one madrigal to the next; at times both countertenors take the top line, which yields a novel sonority” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

“[The King's Singers] reveal simultaneously its devotional and madrigalian qualities” Choir & Organ, March 2017

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Eric Whitacre: Light & Gold

Eric Whitacre: Light & Gold


Whitacre:

Lux aurumque

Five Hebrew Love Songs

The Seal Lullaby

A Boy and a Girl

Sleep

Nox Aurumque

Water Night

The Stolen Child

Three Songs of Faith

Leonardo dreams of his flying machine


Grace Davidson (soprano), Stephen Kennedy (baritone), Hila Plitmann (spoken Hebrew) & Christopher Glynn (piano)

The Eric Whitacre Singers, Laudibus, The King’s Singers & Pavão Quartet, Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre (b. 1970), accomplished composer, conductor and lecturer, is one of the most popular and performed composers of his generation. His published works – of which “Sleep,” “Cloudburst,” “Lux Aurumque” and “Water Night” are among the most popular in the modern repertoire – have sold over a million copies worldwide. Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, Eric’s cutting-edge musical, has won the ASCAP Harold Arlen award, the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award and 10 Ovation Award nominations. In the US he is greeted with “rock star adulation” (New York Times) and his Virtual Choir projects have given him a worldwide following on YouTube, marking a new digital age for classical music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7o7BrlbaDs). In 2010 he signed to Decca, and is published by Chester Music.

Light and Gold is a mixture of works from the Whitacre catalogue alongside three World Premiere recordings of new pieces, all of them freshly recorded for the occasion. It's the perfect gateway through which new listeners can experience the allure of Whitacre's music for the first time, while giving existing fans pristine new recordings of some of his most successful pieces, tailored by the composer himself. "This album is the first time that I've ever conducted on record my interpretations of my own pieces," Whitacre explains. "The new pieces haven't been recorded before. Previous recordings of the older works have always been nice, but they've never been exactly what I was hoping they would be. That's the most interesting part for me; it's finally a chance to say it the way I'd like to say it." The pieces on the disc are performed by the British chamber choir, Laudibus, alongside Whitacre’s newly-created vocal group, the Eric Whitacre Singers.

“'The Stolen Child'...is the most immediately impressive. Here Whitacre deftly weaves the entreating faerie voices of Yeats's poem with that of the 'human child'...The burgeoning crescendo which opens 'i thank You God' is one among many...examples of the EW Singers' technical and expressive excellence.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 *****

“it's all spot on: tuning, vocal blend, articulation of text, or shaping and colouring of phrases. Whitacre's texts have a youthful appeal, from Leonardo da Vinci dreaming, to a young couple kissing in the sun. The singers' vibrant performances complement this, not just in their silvery vocal timbre, but in the sense that they truly believe in what they're singing.” Classic FM Magazine, January 2011 *****

“Their collective intonation is stunning, and they sing with conviction and enjoyment...[there are] many typical Whitacrian hallmarks: a sonorous haze of piled-up cluster-chords, with deep basses and floating upper parts, punctuated by startlingly "scrunchy" multi- (and oft-unresolved) suspensions of rapturous beauty...this gorgeous disc deserves the widest exposure. Simply glorious!” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“an engaging and populist, if not overly challenging, programme that presents Whitacre as perhaps the American equivalent of Karl Jenkins.” The Independent, 15th October 2010 ***

“Soupily addictive and beautifully sung.” The Observer, 17th October 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - December 2010

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The Triumphs Of Oriana

The Triumphs Of Oriana


Bennet:

All creatures now are merry-minded

Carlton, R:

Calm was the air and clear the sky

Cavendish:

Come, gentle swains

Cobbold:

With wreaths of rose and laurel

East, M:

Hence stars too dim of light

Farmer:

Fair Nymphs, I heard one telling

Gibbons, E:

Round about her charret, with all-admiring strains

Long live fair Oriana

Hilton:

Fair Oriana, beauty's Queen

Holmes, John:

Thus Bonny-boots the birthday celebrated

Hunt, T:

Hark! did ye ever hear so sweet a singing?

Johnson, E:

Come, blessed Bird

Jones, Robert:

Fair Oriana, seeming to wink at folly

Kirbye:

Bright Phoebus greets most clearly

Lisley:

Fair Cytherea presents her doves

Marson:

The Nymphs and shepherds danced

Milton:

Fair Orian in the morn

Morley:

Hard by a crystal fountain

Mundy, J:

Lightly she whipped o'er the dales

Nicholson, R:

Sing, shepherds all

Norcome:

With angel's face and brightness

Tomkins:

The Fauns and Satyrs tripping

Weelkes:

As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending

Wilbye:

The Lady Oriana


A collection of 25 madrigals from 23 different composers, from the famous to the obscure, make up this Elizabethan curiosity, published in 1601 by Thomas Morley.

A musical dedication to Queen Elizabeth 1, The Triumphs of Oriana displays the talents of English songwriters, long-overshadowed by their European counterparts, conjuring up an image of an idealised and mythical England of old.

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Rutter - Three Musical Fables

Rutter - Three Musical Fables


Rutter:

The Reluctant Dragon

The Wind in the Willows

Brother Heinrich's Christmas


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The King's Singers Christmas Presence

The King's Singers Christmas Presence

Recorded live in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, on 4 December 2015


Byrd:

Beata Viscera

Chilcott:

A Thanksgiving

featuring The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Here is the Little Door

Sing Lullaby

Lasso:

Resonet in Laudibus à 5

Pierpont:

Jingle Bells

Poulenc:

O magnum mysterium (No. 1 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Quem vidistis pastores (No. 2 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Hodie Christus natus est (No. 4 from Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Op.152)

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Ramirez, A:

La Peregrinacion

Smith, Clive:

I saw three ships

Sweelinck:

Hodie Christus natus est

Torme:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

trad.:

Hodie Christus natus est

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

arr. Geoffrey Keating

Still, still, still

arr. Alexander L'Estrange


The King's Singers & National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain

Recorded Live from their spiritual home of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, The King’s Singers present an album of festive Christmas music, blending ancient and modern works with traditional favourites and new arrangements.The disc also features A Thanksgiving by former King’s Singer Bob Chilcott, which is performed here alongside the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain.

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Christmas with The King's Singers

Christmas with The King's Singers


1 Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen (Michael Praetorius Musae Sioniae, Pt. 6: No. 53) 2.30

2 Here we come a wassailing (trad. English) 2.12

3 It came upon the midnight clear (words: Sears • melody: Willis) 2.33

4 The Little Drummer Boy (Davis, Onorati, Simeone) 2.39

5 I wonder as I wander (trad. Appalachian) 2.40

6 We wish you a merry Christmas (trad. West Country) 1.35

7 Ding dong! Merrily on high (Woodward, 16th-cent. French) 2.16

8 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Mohr/Gruber) 2.52

9 O little town of Bethlehem (Brooks/Redner) 3.08

10 A Little Christmas Music – Medley à la Mozart (Daryl Runswick) 2.52

11 The Coventry Carol „Lully, lulla“ (16th-cent. English) 5.20

12 The Boar’s Head Carol (c. 15th-cent. English/18th-cent. English) 1.31

13 Gaudete (Piae cantiones, 1582) 2.10

14 Joy to the World (Watts, from Ps.84/19th-cent. English) 2.16

Three Spanish carols:

15 Ríu, ríu, chíu (Spanish carol of the Immaculate Conception) 1.25

16 EI niño querido (The beloved child) 2.46

17 Nit de vetlla (Villancico catalán – Peasants harvesting fruit greet the birth) 2.41

18 Deck the Hall (trad. Welsh) 1.35

19 The Wexford Carol (trad. lrish) 5.01

20 The Gift „Simple Gifts“ (Tony Vincent Isaacs/trad. Shaker) 2.08

21 Patapan and Farandole (Jeremy Jackman/trad. Burgundian/Bizet) 3.52

Total: 56:43


A Little Christmas Music: If you’ve ever sung in a church choir or muffled up and sallied forth on a starry night in the bleak midwinter to go singing round the houses with a few friends, or if your idea of Christmas is a candle-lit hall decked with boughs of holly and distant voices singing familiar carols then you will derive real nostalgic cheer from this album – a festive Christmas journey with the King’s Singers and a cheeky homage in the form of a Mozart medley.

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Spirits

Spirits


Hildegard von Bingen: Ave Maria

Duke Ellington: Come Sunday

Traditional: There's a Man Goin' Round

Jeremy Wall: Go in Peace

Dorival Caymmi: Yemanja

Keith Jarrett: Runes

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244: O Sacred Head

Perotinus Magnus: Viderunt omnes

Jae-Ha Yoo: Because I Loved You

Traditional: Oseh Shalom

Bill Douglas: Earth Prayer

Gabriel Fauré: Ave verum, Op. 65

Traditional: Holy, Holy

Arvo Pärt: Berlin Mass: Agnus Dei

Jeremy Wall: Nayaz


Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), Café (percussion), The King's Singers, Dave Samuels (vibraphone), David Torn (electric guitar), Eddie Gomez (bass guitar), Jeremy Wall (piano), Bill Douglas (percussion)

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Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence

Recorded Live from King's College Chapel, Cambridge


Byrd:

Beata Viscera

Chilcott:

A Thanksgiving

also featuring The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain

Lasso:

Resonet in Laudibus à 5

Pearsall:

In dulci jubilo

The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain

Pierpont:

Jingle Bells

Praetorius, M:

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Smith, Clive:

I saw three ships

Sweelinck:

Hodie Christus natus est

Torme:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

arr. Peter Knight

trad.:

Hodie Christus natus est

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

arr. Geoffrey Keating

La peregrinaçion

arr. Peter Knight

Still, still, still

arr. Alexander L'Estrange


Recorded live in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, on 4th December 2015 - an exclusive Presto CD title. (International Delivery Available).

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