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To mark the Orlando Consort's 20th anniversary, founder members Angus Smith and Donald Grieg talk to Catherine Bott about the ensemble's projects and repertoire.

To celebrate the Orlando Consort's 20th anniversary, 2 of the founder members, Angus Smith and Donald Grieg talk to Catherine Bott about some of the ensemble's projects and repertoire. They discuss their "concept" albums and how these put repertoire into a more social context. They also discuss the more collaborative ventures with composers such as Tarik O'Regan, juxtaposing this contemporary style with medieval repertoire. The group has always consisted of 4 singers, and there have only been 2 changes in personnel in their 20 years; as a special birthday celebration, all 6 past and present members met in the studio to record a motet by Gombert, as a fitting end to this programme. Other repertoire includes works by Penalosa, Ciconia, Machaut and Tarik O'Regan.

Playlist:

All pieces performed by The Orlando Consort

De Vitry: Vos quid admiramini / Gratissima virginis species
Amon RA Records CD SAR-49
Track 1

Dunstaple: Gloria in Canon
Metronome METCD 1009
Track 3

Ciconia: Gloria: Spiritus et alme
Archiv Produktion DG 4596202
Track 9

Smert: Nowell, nowell: The Boares Head
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907314
Track 6

Ceballos: Hortus conclusus
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907398
Track 12

Tarik O’Regan: Part 3 from Scattered rhymes (2006)
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Paul Hillier, director
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807469
Track 3
Segue
Machaut: Sanctus from Messe de Nostre Dame
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807469
Track 7

Penalosa: Versa est in luctum
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907328
Track 4

Gombert: In illo tempore (6-part)
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1 hour

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Sat 4 Oct 2008 13:00

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