Finding Harmony

Finding Harmony

by King's SingersKing's Singers

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Overview

Among the reasons the King's Singers (founded 1968) have lasted as long as they have is that they maintain a knack for identifying and exploring the zeitgeist. An example is 2020's Finding Harmony, whose program addresses major societal upheavals and stresses of the last century. The group assembles a diverse program veering from U.S. gospel music associated with the civil rights movement to Estonian and Georgian songs that played a role in resistance to the Soviet Union's rule among its satellites, to various incarnations of the women's rights movement, to pop star Ariana Grande's "One Last Time," included because Grande was affected by the 2017 concert bombing in Manchester, England. That's a wide cross-section of music even for the King's Singers, and listeners may well question whether the group's essentially mannered style works well with the likes of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," but for the most part, the album is a virtuoso piece of work. The Singers' vocal inflections and scoops are adaptable to a wide variety of styles, and they push themselves in that respect here, connecting pop sounds to the classic folk of Malvina Reynolds and to Eastern European traditions. In the main, it all holds together, and it is very much of the moment.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2020
Label: Signum Uk
UPC: 0635212060728
catalogNumber: 607
Rank: 9037

Tracks

  1. One Day
  2. This Little Light of Mine, spiritual
  3. Strange Fruit, song
  4. One last time, for chorus
  5. N'kosi sikelel' i Afrika
  6. Ayihlome / Qula kwedini, for chorus
  7. Shen Khar Venakhi, chorale (from Guria)
  8. O, chì, chì mi na mòrbheanna, for chorus
  9. Puirt a' bheul, for chorus
  10. Praying, for chorus
  11. Ne irascaris (also anthems: "Let not Thy wrath" & "O Lord, turn thy wrath"), motet for 5 voices (SATBar (or T) B)
  12. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Ein feste Burg)
  13. Cielito Lindo, song for voice & guitar
  14. Mu isamaa on minu arm, for chorus
  15. Heliseb väljadel, for chorus
  16. Bread and Roses
  17. Tsintskaro
  18. S'Dremlen feygl (Birds are dreaming), for voice & piano
  19. If I Can Help Somebody

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