The Hilliard Ensemble

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Dowland & Byrd: The Hilliard Ensemble

Dowland & Byrd: The Hilliard Ensemble


Byrd:

Songs of Sundrie Natures

Dowland:

Ayres for 4 voices


Erato Veritas - 2564600101

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Arvo Pärt - Musica Selecta

Arvo Pärt - Musica Selecta

A Sequence By Manfred Eicher


Pärt:

Es Sang vor Langen Jahren for alto, violin & viola

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano), Gidon Kremer (violin), Vladimir Mendelssohn (viola)

Für Alina

Alexander Malter (piano)

Mein weg hat Gipfel und Wennentaler

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tönu Kaljuste

Ode VI, from Kanon pokajanen

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tönu Kaljuste

Silouans Song

Tallin Chamber Orchestra, Tönu Kaljuste

Fratres for Violin & Piano

Gidon Kremer (violin), Keith Jarrett (piano)

Alleluja Tropus for choir and string orchestra

Vox Clamantis

Sinfonietta Rīga, Tönu Kaljuste

Trisagion

Saulius Sondeckis (violin/conductor)

Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

Beatus Petronius

Latvian Radio Choir

Sinfonietta Rīga, Tönu Kaljuste

Pilgrims' Song

Swedish Radio Choir

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tönu Kaljuste

Most Holy Mother of God

The Hilliard Ensemble

Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Dennis Russell Davies

Magnificat

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tönu Kaljuste

Festina Lente

Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Dennis Russell Davies

Lamentate

Alexei Lubimov (piano)

SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andrey Boreyko

Stabat Mater

Lynne Dawson (soprano), David James (counter-tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Gidon Kremer (violin), Vladimir Mendelssohn (viola), Thomas Demenga (cello)

Da pacem Domine

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tönu Kaljuste


Composer Arvo Pärt and producer Manfred Eicher have maintained their creative partnership for more than 30 years. Eicher launched ECM New Series in 1984 as a platform for Pärt's music, bringing the Estonian composer to the world's attention with 'Tabula Rasa'. Since that epochal release, all first recordings of Pärt's major works have been made for ECM, with the composer's committed participation.

In this special double album, issued on Pärt's 80th birthday, Eicher revisits episodes from their shared musical quest, evoking fresh associations from juxtapositions of pieces in his dramaturgical sequence, as listeners are invited to hear the music anew. Compositions heard here include the legendary ECM premiere recordings of Es sang vor langen Jahren, Für Alina, Mein Weg, Kanon Pokajanen, Silouans Song, Fratres, Alleluia-Tropus, Trisagion, Beatus Petronius, Wallfahrtslied/Pilgrims' Song, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, Magnificat, Festina Lente, Lamentate, Stabat Mater, Da Pacem Domine, and a previously unreleased version of Most Holy Mother of God.

As for the performers, documentation of Pärt on ECM started with the recording of Fratres with Gidon Kremer and Keith Jarrett joining forces for the only time and has expanded to embrace many musicians who have, in turn, become closely associated with Pärt's music. These have included the Hilliard Ensemble, the British vocal group whose pure approach to early music was to prove eminently adaptable to Pärt's timeless oeuvre.

"My contact with ECM is beyond categorization," Arvo Pärt has said. "It is a natural supplement to my composing. Manfred Eicher's instrument is sound, acoustics, the sounding space which can be heard only by him. He hears in a special way and his records are a result of this hearing. What I call a piece of art made by Manfred is actually a rich and sensitive complex of hearing, thinking, feeling, taste and artistic skill, a whole philosophy. It is also something very lively and in continuous formation. Our work together making new records is always a celebration."

“For this excellent two-CD compendium, the producer Manfred Eicher has selected pieces from the recordings he has made over the past 30 years. It’s a perfect introduction to Pärt’s work, ranging from global hits...to lesser-known and more recent pieces.” The Times, 25th September 2015 ****

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The Hilliard Ensemble: Transeamus (English Carols and Motets)

The Hilliard Ensemble: Transeamus (English Carols and Motets)


anon.:

Thomas gemma Cantuarie primula

St Thomas honour we

Clangat tuba

Lullay, lullow: I saw a swete semely sight

There is no rose

Marvel not Joseph

Ecce quod natura

Ah! My dear Son

Dou way Robyn / Sancta Mater

Cornysh the elder:

Ave Maria Mater Dei

Lambe:

Stella Caeli

Plummer:

Anna Mater Matris Christi

Anna Mater Matris Christi

Sheryngham:

Ah, gentle Jesu


David James (countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump, Steven Harrold (tenor), Gordon Jones (baritone)

The Hilliard Ensemble

Having recorded more than twenty albums for ECM since the mid-80s, The Hilliard Ensemble caps its discography before retirement (at the end of 2014) with a final release: ‘Transeamus’, a collection of polyphony - in two, three and four parts - from 15th-century England.

The British vocal ensemble’s very first ECM recording included music from the court of Henry VIII, and ‘Transeamus’ brings their odyssey through the ages full circle. The album includes many of the group’s favourite pieces from this era, including previously unrecorded items from its concert programmes by the likes of John Plummer, Walter Lambe and William Cornysh. More of the album’s works are by composers rendered anonymous by time, yet all of this music is rich with enduring personality.

Tenor David James says: “The sweet harmonies might appear uncomplicated, but this transparency of sound creates a cumulative effect that is mesmerising. The album ends with ‘Ah gentle Jesu’. We know the composer’s name, Sheryngham, but virtually nothing else. On paper, it is a simple dialogue between Christ on the cross and a penitent sinner; however, the intensity of the music is so overwhelming that, from our experience in concert, both listener and performer are left in stunned silence.”

“The accounts are intimate and subtly coloured, the Hilliards' distinctive sound still unsullied, four decades on.The singers' faultless clarity of diction, highlighted by the close recording perspective, sheds light on the words and their, tender, Marian sentiments.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ***

“a model of refinement and ensemble singing” Early Music Today, May 2015 *****

“it is fitting that they should return to this repertory in this, their final recording...The tone is not quite so bold now but the interplay between voices is as absorbing as ever...This is an impressive legacy for which the members of The Hilliard Ensemble past and present have earned our enduring gratitude.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

“It’s a euphonious, expressive music, and the Hilliard's four voices, as always, perform it with affecting poise and directness.” Sunday Times, 23rd November 2014

“it’s three decades since they began their recordings for ECM, always atmospherically recorded and presented...they have admirably decided to quit while they’re ahead, and take their leave with this subtle, underplayed collection of carols and motets from the English repertory.” The Observer, 2nd November 2014 ****

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Charles The Bold & Music From the Court of Burgundy

Charles The Bold & Music From the Court of Burgundy


The Hilliard Ensemble, Les Flamboyants, The early Music Consort of London and Les Haults & Menestrels de Charles le Temeraire

The Burgundian Court of Charles the Bold was one of the finest that European cultural history can boast. Music played an important part in that culture and a star line up of early music specialist musicians perform music from that period of 1433-1477.

raumklang - RK2801

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Volume 4 - Guillaume Dufay

Volume 4 - Guillaume Dufay


Dufay:

Missa Se la face ay pale


“This live recording of a BBC concert sounds dated as a result less of its performance practice than of its recorded sound. While the Hilliard Ensemble's reading remains compelling, the production's dryness undermines its impact.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2008 ***

“This account has a directness and unaffected efficiency that is highly enjoyable, making it a worthwhile foil to Diabolus in Musica's account.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2008

“Supremely musical and overflowing with food for thought” The Guardian

Coro Hilliard Live - COR16055

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Volume 3 - Antoine Brumel

Volume 3 - Antoine Brumel


anon.:

Lauda: O divina virgo, flore

Lauda: Salve, salve, virgo pia

Lauda: Regina sovrana

Lauda: O me lasso

Brumel, A:

Missa Victimae paschali laudes

Ave, virgo gloriosa

Mater Patris

Nativitas unde gaudia

O crux, Ave, spes unica


“Supremely musical and overflowing with food for thought.” The Guardian

Coro Hilliard Live - COR16052

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Volume 2 - For Ockeghem

Volume 2 - For Ockeghem


Busnois:

In hydraulis

Compère:

Omnium bonorum plena

Lupi:

Ergone conticuit

Ockeghem:

Missa Mi-Mi (Kyrie and Gloria)

Missa De plus en plus (Credo)

Missa Caput (Sanctus)

Missa Prolationum: Agnus Dei


The Hilliard Ensemble with Bob Peck

The famous Hilliard Ensemble presents a tribute to the fifteenth-century master composer, Ockeghem.

Interspersed with the music are parts of Guillaume Crétin’s Lament on the Death of the Late Ockeghem, Treasurer of Saint Martin of Tours, in a specially commissioned translation by Virginia Rounding, read by Bob Peck.

Coro Hilliard Live - COR16048

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Volume 1 - Pérotin and the Ars Antiqua

Volume 1 - Pérotin and the Ars Antiqua


anon.:

Vetus abit littera

Deus misertus hominis

Veni, creator spiritus

Hec dies

Stirps lesse

Mundus vergens

Procurans odium

Gregorian Chant:

Christus surrexit

Leoninus:

Gloria: redemptori meo

Perotinus:

Viderunt omnes

Alleluia nativitas

Sederunt principes


In all the excitement and immediacy of live performance the world-famous Hilliard Ensemble here displays the complex musical style of the Notre Dame school of around 1200 AD. They contrast this Parisian form with contemporary examples from south-western France and England.

“… eloquence of worshipful music, winding through some amazing counterpoint.” The Times

Coro Hilliard Live - COR16046

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Officium

Officium

A hauntingly beautiful combination of medieval unaccompanied choral music and jazz saxophone.


anon.:

Primo tempore

Sanctus

Regnantem sempiterna

Procedentem sponsum

Pulcherrima rosa

De spineto nata rosa

Credo

Virgo flagellatur

Oratio Ieremiae

Dufay:

Ave maris stella

Morales, C:

Parce mihi domine

Perotinus:

Beata viscera

Rue, P:

O salutaris hostia


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Schütz: Opus Ultimum (Der Schwanengesang) - Psalm 119 (Nos. 1-11)

Schütz: Opus Ultimum (Der Schwanengesang) - Psalm 119 (Nos. 1-11)


The Hilliard Ensemble, Knabenchor Hannover, London Baroque, Heinz Hennig

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), born 100 years before Johann Sebastian Bach, was the greatest German composer of his time, bridging the Renaissance and the Baroque. The choral work Schwanengesang is his musical and spiritual testament. It comprises 11 motets for double choir, settings of Psalm 119, complemented by a setting of Psalm 100 and of the Magnificat.

The male-voice Hilliard Ensemble was founded in 1974 and was disbanded after 40 years in 2014. Its singers were praised by Gramophone for “the superlative purity of their vibrato-free tone, perfect blend and balance of voices and immaculate intonation”. They are complemented here by the Hannover Knabenchor (boys’ choir).

Erato Veritas - 9029591417

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