As with so many other performances in October and November of 2012, Storm Sandy delayed the King’s Singers’ debut at New York’s Zankel Hall. On Monday night, the celebrated male a cappella group makes their rescheduled appearance at the venue, presenting their “Myths” concert program (info here).
The centerpiece of the concert is found in the Renaissance madrigal repertoire, with Italian madrigals by Palestrina, Giovanni Gabrilli, and di Croce balanced by English madrigals by Weelkes, Edward Johnson, and Morley. Two examples of French choral music – by Saint-Saens and Poulenc - represent an entirely different era.
Leon by Joby Talbot and, from the groups latest CD (Royal Rhymes and Rounds), Nonsense by Gofreddo Petrassi, demonstrate the group’s abiding penchant for contemporary music. The evening is rounded out with several arrangements of pop songs.
Thanks to the label’s kind permission, hear a track from Royal Rhymes and Rounds CD via File Under ?’s Tumblr blog here.