The King’s Men, Cambridge – Twelve Days of Christmas (2016) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

The King’s Men, Cambridge – Twelve Days of Christmas (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:29 minutes | 885 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Recorded: July 2015, St George’s Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The King’s Men is the close-harmony vocal group formed by the current choral scholars of King’s College, Cambridge.
Following on from the success of their 2014 release, ‘After Hours’, which topped the iTunes Classical Charts in June 2014, for their latest album on the college’s own label, the King’s Men showcase the lighter side of their seasonal repertoire, performing a mixture of Christmas tunes you won’t be hearing in ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ any time soon.
Highlights include traditional favourites such as “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” alongside Pat Dunachie (now first alto in the King’s Singers) channelling Mariah Carey on “All I want for Christmas is You” and Keith Robert’s jocular arrangement of “12 Days of Christmas”.
Unlike many close-harmony groups, the King’s Men record together, balancing their voices acoustically instead of tracking each voice individually. What this approach sacrifices in precision, it more than makes up for in musical cohesion. Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, drowning in Christmas cards, waiting to catch a glimpse of Rudolph’s red nose or simply wondering when all of those lords will stop a-leaping all over your lawn, this is an essential addition to your Christmas playlist.
The King’s Men ensemble have appeared on prime-time television, including BBC’s The One Show and regularly promote their releases in-store and online. Trailers for their previous release, ‘After Hours’, have proved incredibly popular, receiving over 40,000 views on their YouTube channel, and ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ will receive similarly strong support.

‘The King’s Men are not to be confused with the King’s Singers (below) though they are in many ways their younger equivalents: a close-harmony group of the current batch of choral scholars at the college’ –MusicWeb International

1 Gabriel’s message[3’10]
Anonymous – Medieval, arr. Jim Clements (b1983)
2 All I want for Christmas is you[3’45]
Mariah Carey (b1969) & Walter Afanasieff (b1958), arr. Ben Parry (b1965)
3 The Christmas song  Chestnuts roasting on an open fire[2’42]
Melvin Howard Tormé (1925-1999) & Robert Wells (1922-1998), arr. Roland Robertson
4 Dormi, dormi[2’53]
Anonymous – traditional, arr. Guy Turner (b1955)
5 Wonderful Christmastime[2’55]
Paul McCartney (b1942), arr. Robert Rice (b1971)
6 Santa baby[2’44]
Joan Javits & Philip Springer (b1926) & Tony Springer, arr. James Mawson
7 Away in a manger – Cradle song[2’39]
William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921), arr. Henry Hawkesworth
8 I wish it could be Christmas everyday ‘Wizzard'[3’28]
Roy Wood (b1946), arr. Ben Parry (b1965)
9 Quelle est cette odeur agréable?[5’33]
Anonymous – traditional, arr. Henry Hawkesworth
10 Christmas cards[3’36]
Ben Parry (b1965)
11 White Christmas  The sun is shining, the grass is green[2’16]
Irving Berlin (1888-1989), arr. Jeremy Davies (b1963)
12 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer[2’03]
Johnny Marks (1909-1985), arr. Keith Roberts
13 Have yourself a merry little Christmas[2’24]
Hugh Martin (1914-2011) & Ralph Blane (1914-1995), arr. Jeremy Davies (b1963)
14 The twelve days of Christmas[6’22]
Anonymous – traditional, arr. Keith Roberts
The King’s Men:
High Alto – Patrick Dunachie, Oliver Finn
Baritone – Philip Barrett, William Geeson, Hugo Herman-Wilson
Alto – Colm Talbot, Rupert Scarratt, Isaac Jarratt-Barnham
High Tenor – Toby Ward, Daniel Lewis
Tenor – Sebastian Johns, Julius Haswell
Bass – Benedict Kearns, James Jenkins
Low Bass – Robin Mackworth-Young, Stewart Bates