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The King's Singers' Madrigal History Tour

John Dowland , William Byrd , Giaches de Wert , Anonymous , Philippe Verdelot , Jacques Arcadelt , Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi , Rossino Mantovano , John Bartlet , Thomas Tomkins , John Farmer , Orlando Gibbons , Thomas Morley , Clement Janequin , Pierre Certon , Orlando de Lassus , Pierre Passereau , Claude Le Jeune , Adrian Willaert , Alonso de Mudarra , Juan del Encina , Mateo Flecha , Hans Leo Hassler , Ludwig Senfl , Paul Hofhaimer , Erin Headley , Anthony Rooley , Simon Carrington , The Consort of Musicke , Anthony Holt , Alastair Hume , Bill Ives , Alison Crum , David Corkhill , Rachel Beckett , Peter Davies , Jeremy Jackman , King's Singers , Colin Scott Mason Audio CD
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David Hurley Countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright Countertenor
Paul Phoenix Tenor
Christopher Bruerton Baritone
Christopher Gabbitas Baritone
Jonathan Howard Bass

One of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles, The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Instantly recognisable for their spot-on ... Read more in Amazon's The King's Singers Store

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Product Details

  • Performer: John Dowland, William Byrd, Giaches de Wert, Anonymous, Philippe Verdelot, et al.
  • Audio CD (June 6, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002SGT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Italian: Amor vittorioso
2. Italian: Lirum bililirum
3. Italian: Il bianco e dolce cigno
4. Italian: La bella Franceschina
5. Italian: Ultimi mei sospiri
6. Italian: Alla cazza
7. Italian: Or si rallegri il cielo
8. English: Fine Knacks For Ladies
9. English: Who Made Thee, Hob, Forsake The Plough?
10. English: Of All The Birds That I Do Know
11. English: Too Much I Once Lamented
12. English: Fair Phyllis
13. English: The Silver Swan
14. English: Now Is The Month Of Maying
15. French: La Guerre
16. French: La, la, la, la je ne l'ose dire
17. French: Bon jour: et puis, quelles nouvelles?
18. French: Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
19. French: Il est bel et bon
20. French: Margot labourez les vignes
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific European Madrigal Sampling March 23, 2002
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Most madrigals one hears tend to be either in Italian or English. Not so on this album, perhaps one of the best European madrigal samplers (if not the only one)in existence. Some well known English and Italian madrigals can be found, of course. But the true treasure of this album is its inclusion of French, German -- and most rarely, Spanish -- madrigal offerings. Combine this repertoire, then, with the accurate sonorities of the King's Singers and one finds treasure unbounded. An album that is infinitely enjoyable. Liner notes and translations are included.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun introduction to European madrigal styles! November 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Joined on about a third of the numbers by instrumentalists billed as the "Consort of Musicke", the King's Singers offer a variety of compositions from each country they "visit", some upbeat and others gently reflective. The vocalists are countertenors Jeremy Jackman and Alastair Hume, tenor Bill Ives, baritones Anthony Holt and Simon Carrington, and bass Colin Mason. Their presence and theatricality in interpreting the material are delightful, and these men blend together impeccably, with a clear, straight tone and flawless enunciation. You can actually understanding the words without reading along in the insert booklet (provided, of course, that you're familiar with the language being sung!) Favorites of mine from the thirty four tracks include the Italian "Lirum bililirum" and "Il bianco e dolce cigni"; the English "Of all the birds that I do know" and "Now is the month of Maying"; "La, la, la, je ne l'ose dire" and "Il est bel et bon" from France, "Tres morillas m'enamoran" from Spain; and the German "Tanzen und Springen". In addition to this release, this fine group has an extensive discography. Check out their other recordings too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Delight April 13, 2000
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I heard the first four selections on a Chicago classical station earlier this year, and knew right away I had to have this album. The King's Singers harmonize beautifully. And, as the title suggests, the listener gets samples of different European madrigal styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great recording July 25, 2002
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All male voice with perfect technique. Some madrigals are sung a capella, though most of them with accompaniment. The accompaniment, on renaissance instruments, is perfect, just like the singing. Excellent renditions of Mateo Flecha's La Bomba and Gastoldi's Amor vittorioso. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of Madrigals September 1, 2001
By Kevin
Format:Audio CD
I am a university student and a vocal performance major, and this album represents exactly what madrigal singing was at the time. It also contains a diverse array of languages from Italian to Englis to Spainish. Having worked with Simon Carrington personally i know that the styles of the madrigals on this album are accurate. Also, its just really fun to listen too! As an even bigger plus, its cheap for poor students! I highly recommend buying this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The King's Singers Madrigal History Tour August 2, 2000
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This is the best example of madrigal singing I have ever heard. The all male voices demonstrates the very best of Italian, English, French, Spanish, and German madrigal singing in the original style. Additionally, sheet music for over 50% of the selections is findable for those who really want to see the music.
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