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The King's Singers' Madrigal History Tour

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. French: Un gentil amoureux
  22. French: Faulte d'argent
  23. Spanish: La tricotea
  24. Spanish: Triste estaba el rey David
  25. Spanish: Cucu, cucu
  26. Spanish: Tres morillas m'enamoran
  27. Fatal la parte
  28. La bomba
  29. German: Tanzen und Springen
  30. German: Vitrum nostrum gloriosum
  31. German: Ach Elslein
  32. German: Ach weh des Leiden
  33. German: Das G'laut zu Speyer
  34. German: Herzliebstes Bild


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: #107,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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Perfect recital of the King's Singers, recorded in 1983 and based on a television series aired on the BBC (you can see it on YouTube), taking you along on a geographical as much as historical tour, not so much of the madrigal proper (the title, pun included, was more appropriate for the TV show, in which the King Singers were joined by some female singers, including Emma Kirby) than of the Renaissance song of all kinds in the 16th and early 17th centuries: the recital offers a selection of frottola, balletti, canzonette, ayres, consort songs, chansons, ensaladas, villancios, in Italian (rather than "by Italian composers": though active in Italy, Giaches de Wert - here called only "Wert" - Jacques/Jacob Arcadelt and Philippe Verdelot were not Italian), English, French, Spanish and German. The recital has a great mixture of the plangent and dirge-like (unrequited - or requited - love, prospects death and frailty of the human life), the comical and light-hearted and the dazzlingly virtuosic (culminating with Janequin's astonishing "La Guerre", with its onomatopeia imitative of the sounds of war), the purely a cappella and the instrument-accompanied (Anthony Rooley's Consort of Musicke). Texts of songs are provided with English translations, the liner notes are informative, with a short descriptive comment on each madrigal, the disc is filled to the brim (74:25), the King's Singers sing exquisitely, with great verve, and their French accent is more than acceptable; as for Anthony Rooley's Consort of Musicke, their credentials in the music of the era do not need to be extolled. Last but not least, the disc sells very cheap at the time of writing. What more could one ask for?
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