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Hilliard Ensemble - 40th Anniversary

Lucie Skeaping talks to members of the Hilliard Ensemble as they celebrate their 40th anniversary, introducing a selection of their many recordings.

Lucie Skeaping talks to members of the Hilliard Ensemble as they celebrate their 40th anniversary, and plays a selection of their many recordings.

The Hilliard Ensemble established a reputation as an early music ensemble with a series of successful recordings in the 1980s, but it was when they began also to focus on new music that the world began to sit up and take notice. The 1988 recording of Arvo Pärt's "Passio" began a fruitful relationship with the Estonian composer, and the group has recently commissioned other composers from the Baltic States, including Veljo Tormis and Erkki-Sven Tüür, adding to a rich repertoire of new music from Gavin Bryars, Heinz Holliger, John Casken, James MacMillan, Elena Firsova and many others. The Hilliard Ensemble's popularity crossed musical boundaries when their collaboration with the Norwegian Saxophonist Jan Garbareck sent their ECM recording "Officium" soaring up both classical and pop charts in several countries. Equally at home with Perotin, Palestrina and Pärt, the four members of the Hilliard Ensemble describe some of the many musical experiences they have had in concert halls and recording studios around the world, and select some of their favourite tracks from their extensive CD catalogue.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Anon.

    Agnus Dei for 4 voices (Old Hall Manuscript)

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • EMI : CDC 7 54111-2, Track 21.
  • Jacques Arcadelt

    L'aere gravato

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM NEW SERIES : 2346 4810637, Track 6.
  • Guillaume Dufay

    Missa L'homme Arme: Kyrie

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • EMI : CDC 7 47628-2, Track 1.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Plange quasi virgo (Tenebrae responsory No.3 from Sabbato Sancto)

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM NEW SERIES : 1422/23 Vol 1, CD2 track 3.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Mille Regretz

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ALMAVIVA : DSI-0101, Track 16.
  • Pérotin

    Sederunt principes (excerpt)

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM NEW SERIES : 1385 837 751-2, Track 9.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Taedet animam meam (Officium defunctorum 1605)

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM NEW SERIES : 1653 457 851-2, Track 1.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Passio (ending)

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM : 1370 837 109-2, Track 1.
  • Cristóbal de Morales

    Parce mihi domine

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Performer: Jan Garbarek.
    • ECM NEW SERIES : 1525 445 369-2, Track 1.

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