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A cappella at The Proms

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    Here s a review from The Guardian on the Kings Singers Proms concert of Aug 5th. Other a cappella artists at the Proms are I Fagiolini and Theater of Voices.
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 6 9:38 PM
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      Here's a review from The Guardian on the Kings Singers Proms concert
      of Aug 5th. Other a cappella artists at the Proms are I Fagiolini and
      Theater of Voices.

      "The late-night Prom featured the King's Singers, whose versatility
      and sheer musicianship have kept them at the top of the range of a
      cappella consorts for an amazing 40 years. The current lineup's
      programme contrasted French Renaissance chansons, including virtuoso
      accounts of Janequin's La Guerre and Passereau's Il Est Bel et Bon,
      with some cleverly contrived French folksong arrangements by Poulenc.
      John McCabe's Scenes in America Deserta, which sets texts by Reyner
      Banham evoking the colourful landscapes of the south-western US,
      provided a substantial challenge. Its vivid word setting and inventive
      vocal writing proved superbly atmospheric, and the group's centred
      performance was immaculate.

      Their final sets, selections from the Victorian part-song repertoire
      and English folksong arrangements by Gordon Langford and two of the
      group's past or present members, sounded a little too eager to please,
      though flawlessly realised. Arthur Sullivan's close-harmony setting
      The Long Day Closes proved an inspired encore."

      Listen to the complete concert here:-
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ct7bj/

      John Neal
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