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December 16, 2003


Korea Times

The Swingle Singers' origins were remembered in the first piece of the evening: the D minor fugue from Bach's "The Art of the Fugue." The choice of sounds they actually make owes much to scat singing, with careful selection of syllables for their sound qualities. There followed three other Bach favourites: "Air on a G string," in a subtly respectful rendering; the largo from the Harpsichord Concerto, with a fine solo supported by bell-like resonances; and finally in this section the "Badinerie" from Orchestral Suite No.2, in which the singers captured well the bantering quality of the original.

The compulsive and whimsical qualities of Mozart's little bit of "Nightmusic" seemed to have been conceived with the Swingle treatment in mind, so natural did it come. The movements of the figures on the stage also echoed well the contrapuntal patterns in the music. They then moved on to the Romantic period and three pieces evocative of Spanish culture: the famous "Aranjuez" by Rodrigo, a slow tempo, jazzed up version of a tango in D major by Albeniz, with some of the qualities of a brassy big band, and the anonymous "Romanza Espanola," characterized by some delightful descant sequences. More

Posted by acapnews at December 16, 2003 7:49 AM


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