Recording of the Fortnight
Phillip Sommerich - Classical Music Magazine - 10 April 2010
Performance ***** Recording ****
"...The ensemble is unbeatable. The six King’s Singers blend superbly, yet each becomes distinctive and expressive in their prominent moments, for instance the fugue setting of ’Sicut erat’ ending the third Ingressus with each entry pointed clearly before the voice recedes into the ensemble. Charivari Agréable in turn play as if singing, breathing between phrases and virtually texted in musical dialogue such as the final ’Sicut erat’ of the third Ingressus. High points include the Gloria of the first Magnificat, slow and contemplative, as if awestruck, with suspended dissonance piled on dissonance. ... Not to be missed."
George Pratt - BBC Music Magazine May 2010
"For those who know Pachelbel only through the Canon, this disc will be revelatory … Each piece is beautifully served by the ensemble.” ****
Stephen Pettit -The Sunday Times - March 2010
… joined together [The King’s Singers] bond into a bright rainbow of colours – just right for the music’s sunny demeanour.” ****
Geoff Brown - The Sunday Times March 2010
"A recording of Pachelbel’s music for Vespers is vastly welcome, Amiable but with depth, Pachelbel’s elegant lines offer the King’s Singers a chance to bloom as individuals... Effervescent, energetic, singing and affable, gracious playing by Charivari Agréable gild this truly glorious music which has lain dormant for far too long…"
Rebecca Taverner - Choir & Organ Magazine -July/August 2010
"...I would agree with the claim that this recording "serves to restore Pachelbel’s Vespers to the canon of choral masterpieces". There are also two nice instrumental Sonatas by Krieger and Kerll...Don’t pass it by."
Peter Grahame Woolf - MusicalPointers.co.uk - March 2011