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The Swingle Singers - Anthology [Box set]

Swingle Singers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Magic Flute - OvertureThe Swingle Singers 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K550: I. Molto AllegroThe Swingle Singers 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K550: II. AndanteThe Swingle Singers 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K550: III. Menuetto & TrioThe Swingle Singers 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K550: IV. Allegro AssaiThe Swingle Singers 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ave Verum Corpus K618The Swingle Singers 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 14 In G K387 - IV. Molto AllegroThe Swingle Singers 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Così Fan Tutte K588, Act 1, Scene 3: Aria: Un'aura Amorosa (Ferrando)The Swingle Singers 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Serenade In G 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' K525 - IV. Rondo (Allegro)The Swingle Singers 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Horn Concerto No. 4 In E Flat K495 - III. Rondo (Allegro Vivace)The Swingle Singers 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Don Giovanni, Act Two, Scene One: Canzonetta: Deh Vieni All Finestra (Don Giovanni)The Swingle Singers 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Soave Sia Il Vento (Trio) From Così Fan TutteThe Swingle Singers 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Gigue In G K574The Swingle Singers 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Piano Concerto No. 21 In C 'Elvira Madigan' K467 - II. AndanteThe Swingle Singers 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Requiem In D Minor K626: Hostias -The Swingle Singers 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Requiem In D Minor K626: Quam Olim AbrahaeThe Swingle Singers 1:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Rondo Alla Turca From Piano Sonata No. 11 In A K331The Swingle Singers 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Fantasia In F Minor And MajorThe Swingle Singers 5:51£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ein Feste Burg, BVW 302The Swingle Singers/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Andrew Busher/Jonathan Rathbone/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Organ Fugue From Fantasia And Fugue, BWV 542The Swingle Singers 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prelude XVIII From Das Wohltemperirte Clavier, Bwv 887The Swingle Singers/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Andrew Busher/Jonathan Rathbone/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Chorale (No.4) From Wachet Auf! (Sleepers, Wake!) BWV140The Swingle Singers/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Andrew Busher/Jonathan Rathbone/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Chorale From Wachet Auf! BWV140The Swingle Singers/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Jonathan Rathbone/Andrew Busher 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier, BWV 731The Swingle Singers/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Andrew Busher/Jonathan Rathbone 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. In Dulci Jubilo: Chorale PreludeThe Swingle Singers 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. In Dulci Jubilo: ChoraleThe Swingle Singers 1:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Andante From Sonata No. 2 For Violin, BWV 1003The Swingle Singers 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. First Movement From Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048The Swingle Singers 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Schafe Können Sicher Weiden (Sheep May Safely Graze) From BWV208The Swingle Singers 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Badinerie From Suite No. 2, BWV 1067The Swingle Singers 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Fugue VIII From Das Wohltemperirte Clavier, Bwv 877The Swingle Singers 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Three-Part Invention, BWV 782The Swingle Singers 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Et Resurrexit From Mass In B Minor, BWV 232The Swingle Singers 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Bist Du Bei Mir (From The Notebook Of Anna Magdalena Bach) Not Arr. ConnahThe Swingle Singers 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Blute Nur From St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244The Swingle Singers 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Organ Fugue Alla Gigue, BWV 577The Swingle Singers 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Air From Suite No. 3 (Air On A G String), BWV 1068The Swingle Singers 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Little Organ Fugue, BWV 578The Swingle Singers 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Es Ist Genug From Cantata No. 60, BWV 60The Swingle Singers 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. William Tell OvertureThe Swingle Singers 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pastime With Good CompanyThe Swingle Singers 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 3 Chansons De Charles D'Orléans: Dieu! Qu'il La Fait Bon Regarder! (1898)The Swingle Singers 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 3 Chansons De Charles D'Orléans: Quand J'ai Ouy Le Tabourin (1908)The Swingle Singers 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 3 Chansons De Charles D'Orléans: Yver, vous N'estes Qu'un Villain (1898)The Swingle Singers 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fool On The HillThe Swingle Singers 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lady MadonnaThe Swingle Singers 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Day TripperThe Swingle Singers 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Blackbird/I WillThe Swingle Singers 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Somebody's Rocking My DreamboatThe Swingle Singers 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Summertime (From'Porgy And Bess')The Swingle Singers 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Another Hundred PeopleThe Swingle Singers 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Clair De Lune (From 'Suite Bergamasque')The Swingle Singers 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Peter Gunn (Arr.B.Baxter)The Swingle Singers 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 1812 OvertureThe Swingle Singers 7:55£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Cachapaya [Peru]The Swingle Singers 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Star Of The County Down [Ireland] (Arr. Ben Parry)The Swingle Singers 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. El Paisenito [Argentina] (Arr. Swingle Singers)The Swingle Singers 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. De Punto Y Taco [Chile] (Arr. Swingle Singers)The Swingle Singers 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Ash Grove [Wales] (Arr. Jonathan Rathbone)The Swingle Singers 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. David Of The White Rock (Dafydd Y Garreg Wen) [Wales] (Arr. Ben Parry)The Swingle Singers 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Drunken Sailor [England] (Arr. Jonathan Rathbone)The Swingle Singers 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ciao, Bella, Ciao [Italy] (Arr. Ben Parry)The Swingle Singers 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. L'amour De Moi [France] (Arr. Swingle Singers)The Swingle Singers 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Country Dances [USA] (Arr. Swingle SIngers)The Swingle Singers 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Waltzing Matilda [Australia] (Arr. Jonathan Rathbone)The Swingle Singers 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Danny Boy [Ireland] (Arr. Jonathan Rathbone)The Swingle Singers 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Charlie Is My Darling [Scotland] (Arr. Ben Parry)The Swingle Singers 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Loch Lomond [Scotland] (Arr. Jonathan Rathbone)The Swingle Singers 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Salley Gardens [England] (Arr. Ben Parry)The Swingle Singers 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho [USA: spiritual] (Arr. Jonathan Rathbone)The Swingle Singers 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Viel Freuden Mit Sich Bringet [Germany] (Arr. Ben Parry)The Swingle Singers 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Bushes And Briars [England] (Arr. Ben Parry)The Swingle Singers 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Sakkijarven Polka [Finland] (Arr. Jonathan Rathbone)The Swingle Singers 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Vem Kan Segla [Swedish] (Arr. Jonathan Rathbone)The Swingle Singers 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The Swingle Singers may be said to combine a certain type of American music from the first part of the twentieth century with the culture of "old" Europe. Contrary to what one might imagine, this was originally a French group, founded in 1962, but directed by an American called Ward Swingle, who lived in Paris. The configuration of the group has never changed: eight singers (two each of sopranos, altos, tenors and bass-baritones) covering between them the whole of the vocal and "instrumental" range demanded by the adaptations or transpositions which, together with works created specially for them, go to make up their repertoire. The group drew on various sources of inspiration, Ward Swingle having been successively a member of the Blue Stars and Double Six in Paris. The latter group came into being in 1959 at the instigation of Mimi Perrin, herself a singer with the Blue Stars, as was Christiane Legrand, who became one of the soloists of the Swingles. Thanks to the technique of overdubbing, Double Six, comprising six voices, were able to reproduce in the studio the twelve voices usual with the great jazz bands - which explains their title. Texts, by Mimi Perrin, were in French. This is one of the basic differences between Double Six and the Swingle Singers, and one of the paradoxes about the latter, since Ward Swingle's group adopts the configuration of a (double) quartet in the pure western (in fact, European) classical tradition, vocal as well as instrumental, while the lack of any articulated or "comprehensible" form of text aligns them more with the jazz of the beginning of the century, via the technique of scat singing. Ward Swingle's intention, though, was not to compete with any American group, but rather to create an autonomous, original music genre, a free synthesis bridging the gap between one side of the Atlantic and the other. Scat technique is said to have first appeared in 1926 while Louis Armstrong was recording Heebie Jeebies. After a first chorus had been sung, it seems the sheet of paper with the words on it fell off the stand, and so as not to interrupt the recording Armstrong created the genre by spontaneously resorting to a series of onomatopoeic utterances, the second syllable of the chorus being precisely "scat". Every significant birth, as in the myths of antiquity, must have an official date, a before and after: in the event, it seems this particular "first" may have been preceded by others, though it remains incontestable that Armstrong was the most brilliant exponent of scat. The substitution of onomatopoeia for intelligible text seems in fact to have been practised from the start of the '20s by some of the so-called Washboard Bands (the washboard being the poor man's percussion in "early" jazz). At that time the voice was seeking to imitate the instruments (the opposite of what usually happens in jazz), not a difficult procedure and one which suited these little groups, in which scat-singing was often doubled with the kazoo. Scat later spread widely into other types of jazz - not only in America (with the appearance of the term "bebop" in a scat number in 1928), but also in France, with zazou (from Zaz, Zuh, Zaz by Cab Calloway, 1933) and scoubidou. What could be more universal than this type of vocal music, which follows the example of purely instrumental music by freeing itself from the constraints of words and language? It is undoubtedly one of the most attractive aspects of the Swingle Singers' originality that thanks to their stupefying perfection of rhythm and intonation they were able to take on such extremely diverse genres, notably in those areas where jazz and classical music became fused (in those days this was not yet referred to as "crossover"). Their first great success was an album devoted to arrangements of vocal, orchestral and organ works by J.S. Bach. In Bach Hits Back one can only marvel at their imitation of instruments by the voice - the first principle of scat - to the extent that one quite often wonders if one is hearing a voice or an instrument, as when the basses sing pizzicato: everyone remembers the Brandenburg Concerto No.3 or the Badinerie from Suite No.2. The original Swingle Singers went on until the '70s; then in 1984 Ward Swingle settled in London, where a new ensemble was formed with the same configuration, the Swingles II or New Swingle Singers. The type of repertoire stayed the same, the Bach experiment being joined by a no less ambitious Mozart album - A Cappella Amadeus: the overture to The Magic Flute, the Turkish March, extracts from the Requiem, the "potted" Symphony No.40, and so on. If the exceptional virtuosity of the original group had also inspired contemporary composers, such as Luciano Berio, who composed Sinfonia with them in mind (they recorded it in 1969), the talents of the New Swingle Singers showed themselves to be worthy of their predecessors, as could be heard in a new recording of Sinfonia made in 1984 with Pierre Boulez and the Orchestre National de France. The title of their third album, 1812, is of course a reference to the Tchaikovsky overture which closes the programme, balancing out the opening William Tell by Rossini. Between the two, the Swingle Singers weave their usual roundabout course, going from Debussy's piano piece Clair de lune and Trois Chansons de France (poems by Charles d'Orléans), together with a song attributed to Henry VIII, to Lennon and McCartney - a different approach to melody, though perhaps not so far removed - as well as North American music: opera (an unforgettable Gershwin Summertime), Broadway (Stephen Sondheim) and TV series (Peter Gunn, 1958-1961, with music by Henry Mancini). The album entitled Around the World is a special case, in which the Swingle Singers sing traditional texts, while not abandoning the idea of an (entirely vocal) "instrumental ensemble"; strikingly varied, it tirelessly explores the limitless resources of scat singing. The loss of the universality inherent in "songs without words" is here made up for by the diversity of languages (albeit dominated by English). The spirit of the sources can be heard not only to survive but to be enriched, entirely in vocal terms, by the infinite variety of popular music - Andean flutes (Cachapaya), banjo (Country Dances), Jew's harp (Waltzing Matilda) and so on. Previously well-known as explorers of the boundaries between the classics and jazz, here we meet the Swingle Singers at the crossroads between timeless scat singing and a repertoire which at the same time as it is completely rooted in place is also the most cosmopolitan imaginable.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Swingle Singers 4 Jan 2010
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I've got to admit that i had lost touch with the Swingle Singers since the 70's !! This new CD is great and they have clearly expanded theiur repertoire to meet modern demands. Their quality is excellent and I would recommend. The package was well packed and safely received.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed 13 Jan 2011
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I purchased this CD set for my family for christmas and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to it over the holiday period. The music is familiar but made refreshingly new with the twist of it being sung by a choir rather than played by an orchestra. Definately recommend this product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swingle Singers 1 Jan 2013
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My Dad got this album many years ago when it was on vinyl as an LP, although I still have it, was nice to get it on CD. Lovely listening to the tunes again brings back nice memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of the Swinger Singers 27 Sep 2013
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I heard the Swingle Singers years ago when visiting my brother in Canada and glad to see they were still around.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK. It's all on You Tube, but... 16 April 2013
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Pretty well all this music is on You Tube, but here's a legal and inexpensive way of listening to the three generations of the Swingle singers. If it was vinyl - it would be worn out - but that's because I really enjoy the skill of these people.
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