ClassicsOnline Home » Vocal Music - COLEMAN, C. / RODGERS, R. / HAMILTON, A. / ARLEN, H. / YOUNG, V. / TRENET, C. (Great American Songbook) (The King's Singers)
Brits take on the American songbook!
Although anything can turn up in a King’s Singers live concert, their albums have tended to be theme-based. Here the all-male sextet performs the repertoire collectively known as the Great American Songbook--by such writers as Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, and even Charles Trenet, whose “La Mer” became a hit for Bobby Darin when fitted out with English lyrics as “Beyond the Sea”—in new arrangements by Alexander L’Estrange (“Cheek to Cheek” has a clever musical joke for classical fans). The result is, like the Songbook itself, a mixed bag. Some of the humorous numbers are a bit cutesy, but the lushly-harmonized ballads are wonderful. A second bonus disc dresses up half of the a cappella selections with the addition of an orchestra (superfluous, IMO). The booklet doesn’t have the words to the songs, but you hardly need them: even if you haven’t known them all your life, the group’s diction is just fine, and their sound is as great as the music.more....