The Triumphs of Oriana


The King’s Singers’ collaboration with Signum Records continues with this outstanding collection of madrigals from 23 composers including Thomas Morley, John Bennet, Michael Cavendish and Thomas Weelkes.

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 I, 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.

★★★★ The King’s Singers deliver these songs with insistent voices, the imitative pairs beautifully balanced across the stereo, the intonation faultless and the diction unmistakable – The Times

This disc is a triumph of majestic vocal ensemble – Classic FM Magazine

Long live the King’s Singers – Goldberg Magazine



The King’s Singers

RELEASE DATE: 01/10/2006
BARCODE: 635212008522

1. Hence, stars, too dim of light Michael East 

2. With angel’s face and brightness Daniel Norcombe 

3. Lightly she whipped o’er the dales John Mundy 

4. Long live fair Oriana Ellis Gibbons

5. All creatures now are merry-minded John Bennet 

6. Fair Oriana, beauty’s queen John Hilton 

7. The nymphs and shepherds danced George Marson 

8. Calm was the air and clear the sky Richard Carlton

9. Thus Bonny-boots the birthday celebrated John Holmes 

10. Sing, shepherds all, and in your roundelays Richard Nicolson 

11. The fauns and satyrs tripping Thomas Tomkins 

12. Come, gentle swains Michael Cavendish 

13. With wreaths of rose and laurel William Cobbold 

14. Arise, awake, awake Thomas Morley 

15. Fair nymphs I heard one telling John Farmer 

16. The lady Oriana John Wilbye 

17. Hark! Did ye ever hear so sweet a singing? Thomas Hunt 

18. As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending Thomas Weelkes

19. Fair Orion, in the morn John Milton

20. Round about her charret Ellis Gibbons 

21. Bright Phoebus greets most clearly George Kirbye

22. Fair Oriana, seeming to wink at folly Robert Jones 

23. Fair Cytherea presents her doves John Lisley 

24. Hard by a crystal fountain Thomas Morley 

25. Come, blessed Byrd Edward Johnson 

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