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William R. Braun
Opera News, June 2013

Any program as carefully planned as this new release from the King’s Singers is enjoyable to contemplate.

The program is enjoyable to hear as well. The [King’s Singers] are able to maintain excellent intonation at loud dynamics and to maintain vocal color and blending at soft ones. They offer individual colorations in single contrapuntal lines but are able to sing as one in chordal writing. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Charles E Brewer
American Record Guide, March 2013

The six singers adroitly move between renaissance polyphony by Palestrina, Byrd, Lassus, and Hassler and the more contemporary styles of Francis Poulenc and William Harris, with a brief sidetrip to the Edwardian period with Charles Wood. This release continues the high standards of interpretation expected from The King’s Singers…interesting and well-designed program. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Ivan March
Gramophone, December 2012

…this enterprising collection by the King’s Singers chooses settings of individual chants ranging over six centuries of Christian church music…Stravinsky’s Pater noster is a surprise…John Tavener’s The Lord’s Prayer is very beautiful indeed, a real highlight…But the delight of the set is Poulenc’s rich harmonies, both pure and smoochy…Find out for yourselves what a rewarding CD this is, gloriously sung and perfectly recorded. © 2012 Gramophone

Anthony Pryer
BBC Music Magazine, December 2012

There are few vocal ensembles that can work up a concept album like The King’s Singers, and this…blossoms into something rather wonderful as they are grouped into sections commenting on aspects of the Lord’s Prayer…The performances have all the panache that we associate with this group. © 2012 BBC Music Magazine, November 2012

The CD…is exceptionally well sung…This is certainly a CD for a highly specialized audience—one interested in top-notch choral singing, in multiple interpretations of religious messages, and in unexpected and aurally challenging differences in the sound and structure of works on similar topics. © 2012 Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), October 2012

The programming concept on this disc is built upon the individual clauses of The Lord’s Prayer. It ranges over the centuries to explore the spiritually charged text. Chant is at the heart of the program, and each composer’s setting illuminates the others, shedding rich interpretative light on the poetic and devotional aspects of the prayer. © 2012 WFMT (Chicago)

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2012

A disc created by The King’s Singers on the theme of The Lord’s Prayer, the most familiar words in Christianity that have inspired composers for over six centuries. The disc opens even further back with Gregorian chant and, travelling through the ages, to the works of Stravinsky and Bernstein, eventually returning to the opening Plainsong. It brings to mind how structurally and harmonically complicated the composers in the 15th and 16th centuries used this basic material compared to those in the 20th century who show a puritan approach, Stravinsky’s 1926 setting of the words being so simply handled. Poulenc could not resist his familiar creamy harmonies in the Quatre Petites Prieres de Francois d’Assise, the modern French theme continuing with Maurice Durufle’s effective setting of the complete prayer. A brief stop-over for a British view from Charles Wood, John Tavener and a quite gorgeous piece from Henry Purcell, Remember not, Lord, our offences. One of the two most extensive tracks follow with Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Popule meus (O my people, what have I done unto you?), moving a few tracks later to the equally extended Ad te levavi  (Unto You I lift up my eyes). For solo voice Leonard Bernstein’s very simple setting comes from his Mass of 1971. One of the world’s most famous vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers, has toured this style of programme for some years, their tonal quality among the most ingratiating in the field of Early and Renaissance repertoire. The present release is a beautiful example of their work, recorded in an ideal acoustic, and presented with excellent notes and translations into English. It should add to their many awards. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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