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Sacred & Secular Music From 6 Centuries / Hilliard Ensemble


Release Date: 02/10/2004 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55148   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Godefroy de St VictoireGuillaume de MachautGuillaume DufayThomas Tallis,   ... 
Performer:  Paul HillierJohn PotterRogers Covey-CrumpDavid James,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is music-making of the highest order. In general any record of the relatively short pieces that survive from the Middle Ages and Renaissance needs a theme or focus to give it coherence. And there are two inevitable prices of such planning: that some of the pieces are not entirely right for the musicians; and that some are not yet fully in the musicians' bloodstream. Yet another price is almost inevitable with musicians who, like these, are imaginative enough to be constantly searching for new horizons: the records are apt to incorporate experiments that fall short of complete success. The same applies to novels, films, or indeed any other art-form, of course; and the world would be a much poorer place without it.

But what
Read more the Hilliard Ensemble present here is an unashamed anthology of pieces that they have done many times in concert over some 15 years. Purely as an anthology it makes very little sense; but its justification is that everything shows them at their superb best. Each piece is not only ideally suited to their voices but sung in a way that shows the experience of performing for innumerable audiences. Take, for example, the case of Byrd's Ne irascaris. It is a long and complex piece bristling with new ideas and expressive details. There is always a temptation to over-emphasize the individual features at the expense of the whole; and there is something wonderfully rich in the restrained understanding shown here by the Hilliard in a reading that will repay repeated listening.

It is always instructive to know which pieces performers continue to find enriching, and particularly so in early repertories for which valuejudgements are still somewhat hit and miss. There are some surprises here: Goudimel's gentle and immaculately turned setting of Bonjour mon coeur, much more famously set by Lassus; Dufay's Gloria ad modum tubae, which had seemed to me disappointingly slight until I heard the Hilliard presenting it with such delicacy of phrasing; two tiny little Spanish songs, where each detail is given its weight without any exaggeration. And it is that same lack of exaggeration that gives particular value to the two extended quodlibetic pieces, by Flecha and Janequin. The world would be a much poorer place without that, too.

-- Gramophone [6/1991]
reviewing the original release of this title, Hyperion 66370
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Works on This Recording

1.
Planctus ante nescia by Godefroy de St Victoire
Performer:  Paul Hillier (Baritone), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  St John-at-Hackney, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St John-at-Hackney, London (03/30/1987 - 03/31/1987) 
2.
Quant je sui mis au retour by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Venue:  St John-at-Hackney, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: St John-at-Hackney, London (03/30/1987 - 03/31/1987) 
3.
Vergene bella by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), John Potter (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1989 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
O nata lux de lumine by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Hillier (Baritone),
Michael George (Bass), David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Venue:  St John-at-Hackney, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St John-at-Hackney, London (03/30/1987 - 03/31/1987) 
5.
Tota pulchra es by Heinrich Isaac
Performer:  Paul Hillier (Baritone), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  St John-at-Hackney, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St John-at-Hackney, London (03/30/1987 - 03/31/1987) 
6.
Bonjour mon coeur by Claude Goudimel
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Hillier (Baritone),
David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Venue:  St John-at-Hackney, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: St John-at-Hackney, London (03/30/1987 - 03/31/1987) 
7.
Salve Regina by Hermannus Contractus
Performer:  David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1989 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Gloria ad modum tubae by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Paul Hillier (Baritone), Michael George (Bass),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  St John-at-Hackney, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St John-at-Hackney, London (03/30/1987 - 03/31/1987) 
9.
Most clear of colour by Robert Fayrfax
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St John-at-Hackney, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: St John-at-Hackney, London (03/30/1987 - 03/31/1987) 
10.
Liber primus sacrarum cantionum: Ne irascaris Domine by William Byrd
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Paul Hillier (Baritone), Michael George (Bass),
John Potter (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1589; London, England 
Venue:  St John-at-Hackney, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St John-at-Hackney, London (03/30/1987 - 03/31/1987) 
11.
Dezi, flor rresplandeciente by Anonymous
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Paul Hillier (Baritone), David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1989 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
12.
Nuevas, nuevas ¡por tu fe! by Anonymous
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Hillier (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1500; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1989 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
13.
Sancta mater istud agas by Francisco de Peñalosa
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor),
Paul Hillier (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1989 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
El jubilate by Mateo Flecha
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Hillier (Baritone),
David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1989 
Venue:  St Jude's-on-the-Hill, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Latin and Spanish. 
15.
Réveillez vous cueurs endormis "Le chant des oiseaux" by Clément Janequin
Performer:  Paul Hillier (Baritone), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor),
David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Venue:  St John-at-Hackney, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: St John-at-Hackney, London (03/30/1987 - 03/31/1987) 

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