WELL...a fitting word has not yet been invented to adequately describe this new recording of Salvation Army vocal classics by The King's Singers. I've lined them all up, then discarded them one by one: divine, sublime, impossible, inhuman. I guess we've just never needed a quintessential superlative before this - and may never again. If you know the name The King's Singers, you'll already know why you have to hear this music for yourself. Their impeccable musicality, phrasing, diction and erudite poise - right down to the amount of white cuff showing on their tuxedo sleeves - have long been the hallmark of the very best in vocal ensembles. So, why all the hoo-ha? The buzz surrounding their latest recording, The Quiet Heart, is all about its unusual content. Nineteen of the Army's best-loved choral treasures form an anthology of our vocal heritage. 'Spirit Divine', 'God's Moment', 'His Provison', 'In the Secret Of Thy Presence'...the list reflects some of the most precious gems ever sung in our meetings. 'In The Stillness', 'Christ's Part', 'Intercede, O Lord', 'Reflections'...the list also includes some of the Army's higher art as well. Taken as a whole, this body of material reveals our sung theology - our holiness roots, our yearning for the deeper life. I believe this to be a unique genre of Christian song, quite unparalleled in any other tradition. To have this material recorded with such spiritual and musical empathy is a gift to us. And it will surely be a powerful testament and vehicle for sharing the gospel message when released to the public market. At last we have a model for vocal music of the most compelling impact. If our singers could only listen to this recording with ears to hear - what a difference would be realised in their method and their communication! I foretell that The Quiet Heart will gain a brand new sector to The King's Singers' fan base with this winsome recording. And along with many of you, I eagerly await the next collab --Major Len Ballantine, Salvationist Saturday 13th January 2007
Nineteen classic Salvation Army songs, many of which are rarely heard nowadays, sung in exquisite fashion by the world-renowned King's Singers.