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On a new disc to celebrate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, The King's Singers present a selection of works from the past 500 years written in honour of the great Monarchs of Britain. Starting with works for (and in some cases by) Henry VIII, the programme covers the Elizabethan 'Triumphs of Oriana' by composers such as Gibbons, Mundy and Dowland; a very Victorian selection of dedicatory works by Elgar, Parry and Parrat; choral arrangements from the opera 'Glorianna' by Benjamin Britten; and a new piece by Paul Drayton that comically pens 'A Rough Guide to the Royal Succession'. (Drayton is perhaps best known to fans of The King's Singers as the composer of their much-loved encore work Masterpiece.)
“the sound this ensemble makes is beautifully balanced, and you could take dictation from their impeccable enunciation. These are considerable benefits...a notably intelligent, enjoyable Jubilee offering.”
16th June 2012
“Pristinely sung, if starchily interpreted, the selection comprises a predictable trawl through Tudor and Elizabethan partsongs, and a less predictable choice of Victoriana...KS fans will probably buy this recording for Paul Drayton’s A Rough Guide to the Royal Succession, a 12-minute pastiche that romps through 1,000 years of kings and queens.”
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