Signum SIG 307
Royal Rhymes & Rounds – The King’s Singers
On a new disc to celebrate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, The King’s Singers present a selection of works from the past 500 years, written in honour of the great monarchs of Britain.
Starting with works for (and in some cases by) Henry VIII, the programme covers the Elizabethan ‘Triumphs of Oriana’ by composers such as Gibbons, Mundy, and Dowland; a very Victorian selection of dedicatory works by Elgar, Parry, and Parratt; choral arrangements from the opera Gloriana by Benjamin Britten; and a new piece by Paul Drayton that comically pens A Rough Guide to the Royal Succession. Drayton is perhaps best known to fans of The King’s Singers as the composer of their much-loved encore work Masterpiece.
"... The six members of the King’s Singers are monarchs of this repertory. They sing with beauty, balance, close-knit harmonies, and superior diction..."
Charles H Parsons - American Record Guide - January/February 2013
"...a well-programmed, and presented, disc ...
Em Marshall-Luck - MusicWeb-International.com - October 2012
Music **** (Very Good) Sound **** (Very Good)
Matthias Hengelbrock - Fono Forum magazine - October 2012
Performance **** Recording *****
"...this disc from the King’s Singers is a notably intelligent, enjoyable Jubilee offering."
Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - September 2012