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SIG 119
Siglo de Oro

The Goldon Age: Choral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

The King's Singers



Venue:

St Andrews Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire



Producer:

Adrian Peacock



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 64:23
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KING JOHN IV OF PORTUGAL

(1604-1656)
1 

Crux fidelis

9:51
   
 

CRISTOBAL DE MORALES

(ca. 1500-1553)
2 

Kyrie (Mass Mille Regretz)

4:51
   
 

TOMAS LUIS DE VICTORIA

(1548-1611)
3 

Versa est in luctum

3:33
   
 

DIOGO DIAS MELGAS

(1638-1700)
4 

In ieiunio et fletu

2:51
   
 

SEBASTIAN DE VIVANCO

(ca. 1550-1622)
5 

Versa est in luctum

5:26
   
 

ALONSO LOBO

(1555-1617)
6 

Lamentations

18:17
   
 

JUAN GUTIERREZ DE PADILLA

(ca. 1590-1664)
7 

Versa est in luctum

3:24
   
 

DIOGO DIAS MELGAS

8 

Pia et dolorosa mater

2:23
   
 

ALONSO LOBO

9 

Versa est in luctum

5:03
10 

Libera me

8:44
The Golden Age, Siglo de Oro – The King’s Singers

‘As we recorded we ran out of superlatives to describe the quality of this music, full of Iberian Catholic flavour and colour, and imbued with a religious sensuousness. It shows composers writing at the height of their skills in rich, powerful countries confident of their standing both in Europe and the New World. This music might be associated with death and mourning, but it is exceptionally beautiful, and we hope our performances can move your souls as ours have been moved.’

The King’s Singers

"No coffee or whisky blend matches the suavity of the unaccompanied King’s Singers. Their intonation is excellent in this sumptuous collection of Spanish, Portuguese and Mexican church Music"” 

Geoff Brown


 

The Times - 7 March 2008

"The famous group exercise from the start that extraordinary communal ear which takes care of intonation, blend, clarity of diction and finesse of shading"  

John Steane

 

Gramophone - May 2008

"King’s Singers maintain their unmistakable cool timbre, faultless intonation and smooth blend ... great examples of unaccompanied choral music sung with precision and insight by masters of their art" 

Stephen Pritchard

 

The Observer - 28 April 2008


                        Performance *****    -    Sound *****

"... The King’s Singers perform with their customary clarity of line, rhythmic grace and attention to texture."

Barry Witherden

BBC Music Magazine - April 2008

"... Highly recommended!"

David Vernier

ClassicsToday.com - February 2008

"A 40th anniversary release from the King’s Singers, emotionally charged yet immaculate execution, includes unmissable performances of Lobo’s Lamentations and Versa est in luctum."    *****

Andrew Stewart

Classic FM Magazine - May 2005

"...the King’s Singers, are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a release, not of pomp and fireworks as one might expect, but rather a still, reflective collection of Iberian music from the 15th and 16th centuries, known as the Siglo de Oro period, The Golden Age.

Previous albums and concerts had included works from this period, which led to the idea of devoting a whole album to it. Ranging from works by Christóbal de Morales, Alonso Lobo, Diego Dias Melgas to King John IV of Portugal, the album exemplifies the ensemble’s extraordinary tightness of sound and harmony, and their deep devotion to musicianship . The vocal balance is pretty much perfect, the atmosphere and production clean and non-intrusive - the correct approach to this repertoire, where simplicity and relishing of harmony is all. You would be hard-pushed to find another ensemble that so successfully melds as -one voice’."

Antonia Couling

The Singer Magazine - April/May 2008

"...What we have here is singing of the very highest order – superb intonation, ensemble performance, and communication of emotion. The works are deeply melancholic, and the King’s Singers perform with tremendous intensity, making a deeply moving anthology. Their soaring, beautifully blending voices have a richness and smooth sonority that is amplified by the resonant acoustic of the superbly chosen venue of St Andrew’s Church, Toddington. A splendid uplifting disc"

Em Marshall

MusicWeb.co.uk - November 2008



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