Landscape & Time The King's Singers
- Richard Rodney Bennett (1936 - 2012):
- 1Sermons and Devotions: IV. The Seasons of his Mercies06:39
- John McCabe (1939 - 2015):
- 2Scenes in America Deserta14:57
- Cyrillus Kreek (1889 - 1962): Introduction - Taaveti laul, No. 84 (Psalm 84) [Live]:
- 3No. 1. Taaveti laulud 22, "Mu Jumal! Mu Jumal!" (Psalm 22, "My God, my God?")04:49
- 4No. 2. Onnis on inimene (Happy is the man)02:09
- 5No. 3. Taaveti laul 141, "Issand, ma huuan Su poole" (Psalm 141, "O Lord I call to thee")02:26
- 6No. 4. Taaveti laul 121, "Paeval ei pea pikene sind vaevama" (Psalm 141, "The sun will not strike you by day")03:27
- Jackson Hill (1941):
- 7Remembered love, unforgotten dreams08:27
- Peter Maxwell Davies (1934 - 2016):
- 8House of Winter11:52
- Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957):
- 9Rakastava, Op. 1407:46
- Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967):
- 10Esti dal03:17
- Bob Chilcott (1955):
- 11Even Such is Time02:50
Info for Landscape & Time
The King's Singers present a disc of some of their best and most requested repertoire.
We are all shaped, perhaps unconsciously, by the landscape and time in which we live. This evocative and spiritual programme, which contains five King's Singers commissions, explores the links between human life and it's surroundings through the different personal languages of poets and composers.
"Impeccable singing conjures up landscapes real and imagined" (The Gramophone)
"The King's Singers (here with the collaboration of outstanding treble Andrew Swait) are on absolutely stunning form throughout" )International Record Review)
„The King's Singers, the male vocal sextet, perform with extraordinary vocal blend, purity of tone, technical security, and interpretive sensitivity. This CD brings together choral music from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century that is related to the broad themes of landscape and time. The collection contains texts related to specific geography, as well as psalms, prayers, and folk songs, set by well-known and less familiar composers, all of whom are masters of choral writing. Richard Rodney Bennett's The Seasons of His Mercies, a setting of John Donne, is particularly dramatic and evocative of the poet's ardent piety. Jackson Hill's Remembered Love, which sets the work of seventh century Japanese poet Hitomaro, avoids overt orientalism, but the structural and textural individuality of his writing reflects the exotic imagery of the text. Esti Dal is a harmonically rich and haunting setting of a Hungarian folk song made by Zoltán Kodály. The CD concludes with a stunningly poignant and simple setting of Even Such Is Time, the prayer Sir Walter Raleigh wrote on the eve of his execution, by Bob Chilcott, a former member of the ensemble. The group is joined by treble Andrew Swait, who seamlessly blends with the ensemble.“ (Stephen Eddins, AMG)
The King's Singers
Andrew Swait, treble
The King's Singers
Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work, synonymous with the very best in vocal ensemble performance, appeals to a vast international audience. Performing to hundreds of thousands of people each season, the group tours regularly to Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia. Instantly recognisable for their immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction and incisive timing, The King’s Singers are consummate entertainers.
The group’s repertoire has evolved to become one of the most diverse and compelling imaginable. The King’s Singers have commissioned over 200 works, including landmark pieces from leading contemporary composers including Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Sir James MacMillan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Toru Takemitsu, Sir John Tavener, Gabriela Lena Frank and Eric Whitacre. They have also commissioned arrangements of everything from jazz standards to pop chart hits, explored medieval motets and Renaissance madrigals, and encouraged young composers to write new scores.
In addition to performing to capacity audiences and creating highly regarded and much-loved recordings, The King’s Singers share their artistry through numerous workshops and masterclasses around the world. In June 2017, the group will host their inaugural U.S. Summer School at DePauw University, Indiana and in July 2017 will return for their 3rd U.K. Summer School at Royal Holloway (part of the University of London) where they are also Ensemble in Residence. Among the work supported by The King’s Singers Foundation, A Carol for Christmas is a composition competition that seeks to encourage young and up-coming composers, giving the winners the chance for their piece to be performed in King’s College Chapel (Cambridge, UK).
Double Grammy® award-winning artists, the group were honoured in 2009 for their Signum Classics release, Simple Gifts, and again in 2012 for their contribution to Eric Whitacre’s Light and Gold album on Universal/Decca. Recently voted into Gramophone Hall of Fame, rave reviews and repeated sell-out concerts confirm that The King’s Singers remain one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.