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The Swingle Singers - Bach Hits Back ~ A Capella Amadeus

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Product Details

  • Performer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Swingle Singers
  • Audio CD (May 5, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B00000632P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Those who remember and enjoyed the Swingle Singers' "do-be-do" take on Bach from years back will enjoy this updated version. Some of the old favorites are here, with a slightly freer approach, along with some new material from both Bach and Mozart. It isn't just scat singing, either. The Singers demonstrate that they can sing the texts of pieces quite well. If you didn't grow up with them, give it a try--it's a great light approach to classical music!
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I challenge anyone to listen to the song "Un Aura amorosa" and not be moved. It's absolutely gorgeous.
The Swingle Singers, once again, enchant with their crisp, clear and unaffected voices. No obnoxiously showy vibrato here, but rather blissful blending.
Some of the songs on these albums may seem a bit silly, but they're offset by the wonderful and often intricate harmonies.
Buy this CD-pack!
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I was a conductor of Choir, and sometinmes I taught my students many things about a capella. To do so, I had to check many a capella teams' works(especially their CD recordings.) Except some fully-classical-oriented a cappella teams, I concluded that technique of Swingle singers is the best. I know kings singers, the real group, and some other teams are also very nice. However, when we consider the technical difficulties of the works, generally, I can tell you, with my confidence, Swingle singers is the best team I know.
This recording contains two CDs. One is Bach Hits Back, and another is A capella Amadeus. Each sells at more than $$$ each, I know. In this aspect, this recording is very cheap, 'Two for One' price.
The best work I choose is 'Little organ fugue' in Bach Hits Back. You can find the utmost of houman voice in that song. It is almost impossible to make ensemble like that with the speed and the complexity of the fugue. You will love these works, but If you want more popular a capella songs, please check out swingle singer's jazz works, or kings singers' or the real group's popular albumes. However, I suggest you listening these works. You can get the highest reach of art with human voices.
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OK, I hoped you'd be intrigued by the title and would read this review to find out more.

This twofer collates two CDs of the Swingle Singers published by Virgin in 1991 ("A Cappella Amadeus - A Mozart Celebration") and 1994 ("Bach Hits Back"). In fact, there is a minor mistery about the latter. Apparently 16 tracks out of the disc's 21 were published earlier, in 1990, on a seemingly self-produced CD, The Bach Album, totalling 41 minutes (if you look carefully at the cover photo of that disc you'll see that there are two tracks 8, corresponding to tracks 7 and 8 of the present CD, "In Dulci Jubilo"). Why the remaining tracks (namely tracks 5, 11, 12, 19 and 20) were not published back then but only in the 1994 Virgin reissue, I don't know. Also, the copyright of 1990 featured on that earlier disc doesn't quite stick with the recording date of V.1991 indicated on this Virgin twofer. So the mystery remains, and I'm not going to buy the earlier disc just to try and solve it.

I've reviewed a lot of recordings by the Swingle Singers lately, both the early ones from the Paris-based group in the 1960s and early 1970s (see my reviews of Jazz Sebastian Bach,
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Felix Mendelssohn said that the music of JS Bach could makes Christianity understandable to anyone. Ward Swingle makes JS Bach understandable to anyone. Regardless of one's taste, it is elevated by this collection. This is captivating, wonderful, fun music. It's perfect to play for your "...no, I don't like classical music" friends. It's like playing the Tocatta and Fugue in Dm and having people say "Hey, that's the music from Rollerball!". If you want a sample of the Swingle Singers or even just some enjoyable music, this is a great buy at this price! Plus they throw in some of Mozart's most beautiful music on this set. If you haven't figured it out, I heartily recommend it.
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By A Customer on September 28, 2000
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I first heard the album while in a music store; I began to feel an instant hapiness invading the place, filling the air; you're going to love it; I really think it's worth having one and getting the second one for a very special gift. Enjoy!
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If you love Bach and are a fan of the Swingle Singers, buy this CD. Fans of the Swingle Singers enjoy them for what they do to music - release it with air and bounce - and their style is perfectly suited for Bach. I couldn't enjoy it more. But the second Cd in this set is their treatment of Mozart, and, for me, it's inconsistent. This is due to the different styles of the two composers and I just think they match up better with Bach. But at this price, I shouldn't be complaining. The first CD alone is worth twice as much. Snatch it up!
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