From The Heart

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Described by The Times as a group that has “stayed in character over four decades, yet returned itself to the times” and by Gramophone as “enchanting the ear from first to last note” The King’s Singers are truly remarkable They continue to be one of the most sought-after and critcally acclaimed vocal ensembles in the world, performing a rich and varied repertoire from Gesualso to György lIgeti and Michael Bublé.

With a discography of over 100 recordings The King’s Singers have garnered both awards and significant critical acclaim. Their recent studio album Simple Gifts was awarded a Grammy in 2009. The coming year will see the release in the UK of The King’s Singers new album Swimming Over London, a disc that crosses genre borders in a way similar to Simple Gifts, using smooth jazz as the inspiration for new pieces and arrangements with the King’s Singers signature style and standards.

SKU: SIGCD177

What people are saying

“They’ve been going for over 40 years but they still sound as fresh as when they started. Some lovely arrangements including Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Pie Jesu by Classic FM’s John Brunning.”

Classic FM Magazine, Nick Bailey, Presenter’s Choice, May 2010

The King’s Singers

Release date:1st Feb 2010
Order code:SIGCD177
Barcode: 635212017722

Classic FM Magazine, Nick Bailey – Presenter’s Choice, May 2010

They’ve been going for over 40 years but they still sound as fresh as when they started. Some lovely arrangements including Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Pie Jesu by Classic FM’s John Brunning.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2010
Performance ***, Recording *****

The King’s Singers have, as their many fans will testify, astonishing technical facility, and bring artistry to much of the music in their wide- ranging repertoire. This ‘double choir’ arrangement (achieved by studio multi-tracking) of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, however, is a misjudgement: the pristine harmonies, prim English accents, and a couple of countertenor verses skirting unintentional comedy, seem jarringly inappropriate in a song of such palpably, occasionally messy emotional content. If you know Jeff Buckley’s definitive version, this one is likely to have you catching your breath for different reasons.

The other pieces on this five-track ‘EP’ selection are less exceptionable. Oddly, the Singers espouse a more obviously relaxed, mid-Atlantic approach to diction in ‘Out of the Woods’ (from a bluegrass original), resulting in an altogether more convincing performance. ‘My Heart is a Holy Place’ (Patricia van Ness) and ‘Pie Jesu’ (John Brunning) both major on comfortably lyrical religiosity, immaculate but unlikely to rattle too many cages spiritually. By contrast, Graham Lack’s ‘Conceit’ is far and away the finest piece here musically, setting a Mervyn Peake poem with genuine harmonic imagination. Overall, then, a decidedly mixed bag.

Terry Blain

  1. My Heart is a Holy Place – Patricia Van Ness –
  2. Conceit – Graham Lack –
  3. Pie Jesu – John Brunning, arr. Lawson –
  4. Out of the Woods – Sinead Lohan/Nickel Creek, arr. Lawson –
  5. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen, arr. Lawson –