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Royal Rhymes & Rounds

Label: Signum (SIGCD307) | Year: 2012
Singers: David Hurley (countertenor), Timothy Wayne-Wright (countertenor), Paul Phoenix (tenor), Philip Lawson (baritone), Christopher Bruerton (baritone tracks 7 and 23), Christopher Gabbitas (baritone), Jonathan Howard (bass)


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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 ‘Glorianna’ 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.


Track Listing

  1. Pastime with good companie King Henry VIII 1:53
  2. Ah, Robin, gentle Robin William Cornysh 2:26
  3. Blow thy horn, hunter William Cornysh 2:23
  4. It is to me a right great joy King Henry VIII 1:33
  5. Hey, trolly lolly lo Anonymous 3:56
  6. Long live fair Oriana Ellis Gibbons 2:39
  7. The Silver Swan - Round Orlando Gibbons 2:00
  8. The Silver Swan Orlando Gibbons 1:46
  9. Fair Oriana, beauty's Queen John Hilton 2:21
  10. Lightly she whipped o'er the dales John Mundy 3:11
  11. Flow, O my tears John Dowland 1:37
  12. Weep, O mine eyes John Bennet 2:44
  13. As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending Thomas Weelkes 3:19
  14. The Triumph of Victoria Sir Walter Parratt 2:33
  15. Who can dwell with greatness? Sir Hubert Parry 3:07
  16. To her beneath whose steadfast star Sir Edward Elgar 4:51
  17. Time - Choral Dances from Gloriana Benjamin Britten 1:51
  18. Concord - Choral Dances from Gloriana Benjamin Britten 2:25
  19. Time and Concord - Choral Dances from Gloriana Benjamin Britten 1:46
  20. Country Girls - Choral Dances from Gloriana Benjamin Britten 1:17
  21. Rustics and Fishermen - Choral Dances from Gloriana Benjamin Britten 1:00
  22. Final Dance of Homage - Choral Dances from Gloriana Benjamin Britten 2:20
  23. A Rough Guide to the Royal Succession Paul Drayton 12:48

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