Alexander Malofeev

Alexander Malofeev
Alexander Malofeev, pianist (b. 2001, Moscow). Photo by Liudmila Malofeeva

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The King's Singers: Christmas Presence (Audio video)

This new programme of "seasonal favourites" from The King's Singers takes us from the austere beauty of medieval plainsong right up to the present day and was recorded live in King's College Chapel, the group's spiritual home.

The essence of The King's Singers has always been live performance. Commercial recordings are hugely important as a way of disseminating our material, and the group has always been committed to a comprehensive recording programme, but for us the best of both worlds is represented on this disc: a live concert recording.

Christmas Presence gives the listener the experience of being at a live King's Singers concert, in one of the world's most beautiful buildings (and acoustics!) from the comfort of their own home. You can be assured that there is nothing here other than what we produced on the night itself; and what better a season to celebrate with music than Christmas?

The King's Singers

The King's Singers: Christmas Presence

1. Traditional: Hodie Christus natus est
2. Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594): Resonet in laudibus
3. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621): Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
4. William Byrd (c.1540-1623): Beata viscera
5. Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621): Hodie Christus natus est
6. Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): O magnum mysterium
7. Francis Poulenc: Quem vidistis pastores dicite
8. Francis Poulenc: Hodie Christus natus est
9. Herbert Howells (1892-1983): A Spotless Rose
10. Herbert Howells: Here is the little door
11. Herbert Howells: Sing lullaby
12. Clive Smith (b. 1950): I saw three ships
13. Traditional, Arr. Geoffrey Keating: God rest you merry, gentlemen
14. Ariel Ramirez (1921-2010), Arr. Peter Knight: La peregrinación
15. Melvin Howard Tormé (1925-1999) & Robert Wells (1922-1998), Arr. Peter Knight: Christmas song
16. Traditional, Arr. Alexander L'Estrange: Still, still, still
17. James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893), Arr. Gordon Langford: Jingle bells
18. Bob Chilcott (b. 1955): A Thanksgiving

The King's Singers:
David Hurley, countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor
Julian Gregory, tenor
Christopher Bruerton, baritone
Christopher Gabbitas, baritone
Jonathan Howard, bass

National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Recorded live in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, on December 4, 2015

Signum Classics 2017

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

See also

Christmas with the Faces of Classical Music

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