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Monday, November 4, 2019

Going Baroque - The Swingle Singers

Largo (From the Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor) 
Going Baroque
The Swingle Singers
Swinging The Hits Of Handel, Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, K. Ph E. Back, W. F. Bach
Philips Records PHS 600-126

From the back cover: Meet The Creative Swingle Singers

Ward Swingle (tenor) – The 37-year old, Alabama-born director received his Master's Degree from the Music Conservatory of Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied piano in the master class of Walter Gleseking in France from 1951 to 1953 as an exchange student. He has been accompanist to singer Zizi Jeanmaire, the leading pianist at the Ballet Orchestra de Roland Petit and, from 1963, a member of the famous vocal group, "Les Double Six." He organized The Swingle Singers and adapted and arranged all of their material.

Jeanette Baucomont (soprano) – Miss Baucomont studied at the National Conservatory of Montpellier and won several prizes for piano, harmony, and voice. She sings grand opera, operetta, choir music, and is featured with the Society of Antique (Baroque) Music.

Christiane Legrand (soprano) – The daughter of orchestra leader Raymond Legrand and sister of arranger/conductor Michel Legrand, Christianne is an accomplished teacher of voice and piano, and is heard in Largo on this album.

Anne German (contralto) – Originally a classical violinist, Miss Meunier is constantly appearing or recording with the leading orchestra in Paris.

Claude Germain (tenor) – As a pianist, Mr. Germain won the Paris de Piano at the Music School of Paris. He began singing as a pop crooner, then sang with leading vocal groups in Paris.

Jean-Claude Briodin (bass-baritone) – While still a child, Mr. Briodin won the grand prize at the Conservatory of Paris as a saxophonist. He switched to singing and for the past ten years has been a very busy group singer.

Jean Cussac (bass-baritone) – Cum laude graduate of the Paris Conservatory, Mr. Cussac has sung classical music from grand opera to Bach cantatas and oratorios.

From Billboard - May 2, 1964: This is a continuation of what the Swingle Singers started when they worked over "Bach's Greatest Hits" a few months ago and it will prove just as successful. They're in the Baroque period now and the composers come through just as if they had written their stuff for today's market.

Badinerie (From the Suite in B Minor)
Air (From the Harpsichord Suite in E Major)
Gigue (From the Cello Suite in C Major)
Largo (From the Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor)
Prelude No. 19 (From the Well Tempered Clavier 1st Book)
Preambule (From the Partita No. 5 in G Major)
Fugue (From the Estro Harmonico Op. 3, No. 11)
Allegro (From the Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 4)
Prelude No. 7 (From the Well Tempered Clavier, 2nd Book)
Der Fruehling (Spring)
Prelude No. 24 (From the Well Tempered Clavier, 2nd Book)

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