The King’s Singers perform the complete Italian madrigal collection Il Trionfo di Dori.
Commissioned by Venetian nobleman Leonardo Sanudo in 1592, the collection features 29 works, each written by a different composer and poet, and set for nine voices. Among them are Vecchi, Gabrieli, Marenzio, de Monte, Striggio, Anerio, Gastoldi, Porta and Palestrina.
★★★★★ The King’s Singers bring this great monument of Italian music history to striding life – Sinfini Music
★★★★★ The King’s Singers are on top form, singing with a sunny freshness appropriate to this happy music, blending beautifully, and moving as one into crescendos and decrescendos, ranging in dynamic from a whispering pianissimo to declamatory episodes of high drama – Early Music Review
It is hard to imagine a group with greater potential to do justice to this music of love and mythology than they – Gramophone
The King’s Singers turn out their characteristic, highly polished finish: diction is razor-sharp, ensemble and intonation are well-nigh flawless – BBC Music Magazine
A masterclass in delicate phrasing, elegant lines, exemplary Italian and effortless madrigalian expression with standards of intonation to languish after…delizioso – Choir & Organ
If you have to make a single choice The King’s Singers will appeal more and it’s also beautifully recorded in a venue, which is at least new to this reviewer – Music Web International