After 40 years The King’s Singers show no sign of slowing down. The five albums in this set were made in the space of three years and display the diversity and flexibility of the world’s premiere a cappella ensemble.
Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday: Powerful and harmonically daring music, the dark texts for Holy Week resonated with the Italian prince Carlo Gesualdo’s own life, which was mired in murder, guilt and obsession. His music sounds as fresh as the day he composed it.
Six (CD single): Classic jazz and pop arrangements plus a commission from Joby Talbot, displaying the group’s famous blended sound, perfect intonation and customary style.
1605 Treason & Discord, William Byrd and the Gunpowder Plot: Follow the story of how a group of young religious zealots tried to change the faith of a nation by force. With music from Catholics and Protestants, this fascinating programme ends with a commission from Francis Pott which finds grim resonances with today’s religious intolerances.
Thomas Tallis Spem in alium (CD single): Historians may not know exactly why Tallis wrote Spem in alium, but nobody disagrees that this majestic 40-part motet is one of the glories of renaissance art.
Landscape & Time: We are all shaped by the surroundings and age in which we live. Listen to music, including five commissions, which give us different perspectives from England, Scotland, America, Japan, Hungary, Finland and Estonia.
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