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Swingle Singers: The Four Seasons

Swingle Singers: The Four Seasons

Vocalion  CDLK 4606

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

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Vivaldi: "Spring" from The Four Seasons
Pachelbel: Canon
Bach: Sinfonia from BWV 209, Adagio from Double Violin Concerto
Marcello: Adagio from Oboe Concerto
Mozart: Overture from Le Nozze di Figaro, Fugue from String Quartet No. 14
(all arr. Ward Swingle)

Swingle Singers:
Christiane Legrand, Nicole Darde (sopranos)
Claudine Meunier, Hélène Devos (contraltos)
Ward Swingle, Joseph Noves (tenors)
José Germain, Jean Cussac (basses)
with
Jacques Cavallero (bass)
Roger Fugen (drums)

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Comment by Gilbert Burnett - December 8, 2017 (1 of 1)

This is another of the 1970's quadraphonic re-issues from Dutton Vocalion. Interestingly this one is credited as coming from French Decca 1972 and licensed from Universal. Makes me wonder of Dutton will have access to other Decca Quads from that era. The sound on this is ok but there is artificial reverb added in the original recording which in surround creates a rather strange, slightly 'muddy' central image but with the voices spread nicely all round. It is fine in stereo. I suspect many readers may not be familiar with the Swingle Singers but there are good examples on Youtube. This selection is typical of their work being 'wordless' vocal arrangements by Ward Swingle of well known pieces by Vivaldi (just Spring and not the whole Four Seasons) Pachelbel, Marcello, Bach and Mozart. I have listened a couple of times and enjoyed. A much younger friend who wasn't even born when this was originally issued listened and thought it was great.