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...Just Songs! ()

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German vocal sextet Die Singphoniker celebrated its 30th anniversary with the release of this breezy collection, featuring its trademark mix of Renaissance vocal pieces and popular song arrangements, and the group has never been in better form. If you're not familiar with Die Singphoniker, its in the vein of Britain's King's Singers, offering a mixture of Renaissance vocal music and popular-song arrangements. But it's at once a bit more stolid and a bit more daring, which is the source of the group's considerable appeal. When singing in English there is no attempt to eliminate German accents, and somehow, when combined with considerable expressivity (especially in the case of countertenor Markus Geitner), this enhances the sincerity of the whole. The popular songs, usually alternating with Renaissance pieces, represent an unusual range of selections. When was the last time you heard "I'll Be There" arranged for vocal sextet? The pop-classical dividing line is blurred with the inclusion of pop songs of... Hide synopsis

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