Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The King's Singers From Byrd to the Beatles|
Actor: King's Singers
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
The sextet of Englishmen known as The King?s Singers, one of the world?s most renowned a cappella vocal ensembles, has been delighting audiences around the world for more than 30 years. On their first DVD, they share some ... more »
A great program sung brilliantly
Tim Reid | Manchester, CT USA | 01/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've always enjoyed King's Singers concerts better than their albums. Their studio recordings, while always interesting, are sometimes so highly thematic that listening to them from beginning to end can be a real challenge. Their concerts, on the other hand, feature varied programs like the one on this dvd. The range of music, all sung acappella, allows the talent of the singers to dominate the dvd, and make no mistake - these are six great singers who make a great ensemble. A highlight is Billy Joel's "Goodnight My Angel" with a Philip Lawson arrangment that makes this THE iconic version of the song. The segments on the making of Spem in Alium show interesting behind the scenes interviews and recording sessions on the creation of this 40-part, 8-minute work from 6 singers. The final work (Spem...) and the encore, "Masterpiece" fill out the DVD. A highly recommended purchase."
Very close to perfection
Jan | Charleston, SC USA | 07/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The King's Singers embody choral perfection. As a self-proclaimed "King Head," I've been to many concerts and own nearly every recording they've ever made. I was even at their 25th anniversary celebration in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If anything, they are even better than they were then when I considered them to be at the top of their game.
The blend is excellent and the repetoire is an varied as ever. The encore of Masterpiece is marvelous. (It was one of the first things I heard them perform on the PBS show Wolftrap as a teenager.)
I must mention that there is a distraction on the DVD. It is "the tooth." One of the members of the ensemble has a tooth which sticks out and is actually distracting from the music. My fellow King Heads and I were watching the DVD and kept looking for it once we saw it.
All in all, this is an excellent opportunity for everyone to see the King's Singers doing what they do best-making marvelous music and being master performers.
Daniel Kvedaras | Caracas, Venezuela | 05/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These guys are simply the best cappella singers ever.
The DVD is great, structured into pieces that go from the older madrigals, to the most recent Beatles. The introductions for each song is done by the members of the group themselves and they actually explain a lot of the contents in the lyrics and their writers, which considering that many of them are in french or german, is very enlightening."
Wonderful for classroom use
Laurie Beth | Cadott ,WI | 11/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD to use in a general music class. Our music books featured a recording of the Kings singing "I'm a Train," and my 3rd and 4th grade students loved the song. They wanted to hear more King's Singers music, so I bought the DVD to share with them. What a treat this has been! The second half of the performance is lighter music that appeals to children as well as adults, especially songs like "Blackbird," where the singers mimic the sounds of the musical instruments used in the original Beatles recording. Every song on this DVD is a gift! Clips of the "Spem in Alium" recording sessions are interspersed among the songs, along with the singers' commentaries on the project. Besides enjoying this dvd at home, this was the best classroom purchase I've made in years. It is so great to see students turned on by something other than country music."