Romance du Soir

£12.00

Combining perennial favourites with wonderful new discoveries, these immediately appealing pieces reflect the much-loved repertoire at the heart of a King’s Singers programme, performed with the skill and flair that distinguishes the group as one of the world’s most popular a cappella ensembles. Includes works by Elgar, Schumann, Schubert and Saint-Saëns, as well as a new piece by popular American composer Libby Larsen.

This latest venture between Signum Classics and The King’s Singers follows hot on the heels of a Live DVD and CD release of their 2008 performance for the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall (SIGDVD005 and SIGCD150), and the 2008 Grammy-nominated album Simple Gifts (SIGCD121).

SKU: SIGCD147

What people are saying

“This sweetshop full of lollipops offers some favourites from the King’s Singers’ vast repertoire of melodious part songs, sung with their trademark lustrous tone and precise, yet unforced, clarity.”

The Observer

“Here’s a stunning display of unaccompanied part-singing by six consummate vocal artists. Sullivan’s ‘The Long Day Closes’, beautifully shaped and shorn of sentimental Victorian accretions, draws the curtain down on an outstandingly successful recital.”

BBC Music Magazine

The King’s Singers

Release date:2nd Mar 2009
Order code:SIGCD147
Barcode: 635212014721

The Observer, 21st February 2009

This sweetshop full of lollipops offers some favorites from the King’s Singers’ vast repertoire of melodious part songs, sung with their trademark lustrous tone and precise, yet unforced, clarity. Yearning songs of love and loss range from 16th century to today, with some particularly fine contemporary examples from Libby Larsen. Schubert, Schumann, Bairstow, Elgar and Saint-Saens are all represented, and who can resist the rich sonority of Arthur Sullivan’s “The Long Day Closes”?

Stephen Pritchard

BBC Music Magazine
***** Performance, ***** Recording

Here’s a stunning display of unaccompanied part-singing by six consummate vocal artists. The repertoire mixes lighter items (a nimble, witty account of Saint Saens Serenade d’hiver) with more serious (a brace of exquisitely melancholy John Wilbye madrigals). Nestled snugly between is A Lover’s Journey, four bright, technically busy settings described by contemporary American composer Libby Larsen as ‘my Valentine to The King’s Singers’. Plucked from obscurity, Bairstow’s Music when soft voices die (for a pair each of tenors and basses) exudes a tender sentience, the four singers effortlessly eliding the demands of clear enunciation with flexible unfolding of the longer melody. Sullivan’s the Long Day Closes beautifully shaped and shorn of sentimental Victoria accretions, draws the curtain down on an outstandingly successful recital.

Terry Blain

  1. Calme des Nuits – Camille Saint-Sa?ns –
  2. Music, When Soft Voices Die – Edward Bairstow –
  3. O Happy Eyes – Edward Elgar –
  4. Liebe – Franz Schubert –
  5. Love – Edward Elgar –
  6. Draw On Sweet Night – John Wilbye –
  7. Waldesnacht – Johannes Brahms –
  8. Toutes les Nuitz – Orlande de Lassus –
  9. S?r?nade d?Hiver – Camille Saint-Sa?ns –
  10. Ach Elslein – Ludwig Senfl –
  11. Ritornelle – Ritornelle –
  12. Weep, Weep Mine Eyes – John Wilbye –
  13. Traumlicht – Richard Strauss –
  14. A Lover?s Journey i. In the Still Garden – Libby Larsen –
  15. A Lover?s Journey ii. St Valentine?s Day – Libby Larsen –
  16. A Lover?s Journey iii. Will you, nill you – Libby Larsen –
  17. A Lover?s Journey iv. Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer?s Day? – Libby Larsen –
  18. Romance du Soir – Camille Saint-Sa?ns –
  19. The Long Day Closes – Arthur Sullivan –

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