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Mnemosyne / Jan Garbarek, Hilliard Ensemble


Release Date: 10/05/1999 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 465122   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalThomas TallisAntoine BrumelHildegard of Bingen,   ... 
Performer:  David JamesGordon JonesRogers Covey-CrumpJan Garbarek,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Its title comes from a mystical poem by Friedrich Hölderlin, the liner booklet is full of pictures from Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, and the musical performances are a surreal blend of old and new, the known and unknown. As one of my grad school professors used to say, "There's probably a dissertation in here somewhere." A kind of follow-up to the 1994 Hilliard Ensemble/Jan Garbarek collaboration titled Officium, this second project is an even more adventurous excursion into the outer limits of a musical universe where ancient and modern reside and freely intermingle. Venturing farther from the printed page, the four male voices (countertenor, two tenors, and baritone) and
Read more saxophonist Garbarek begin several pieces with only musical fragments and an agreed outline. The rest is improvisation, but within well-understood stylistic guidelines. Often, the vocalists perform a set piece--a Tallis hymn, a "Gloria" by Dufay, a chant by Hildegard--above which Garbarek freely improvises. The material here is far more varied than on Officium, and includes Peruvian, Basque, and Iroquois song fragments, an Estonian lullaby by Veljo Tormis, ancient Greek melody, and even a William Billings tune. Although this phenomenal music-making is offered to the public, the performances' strength lies in their extraordinary intimacy, achieved in the remote privacy of a European monastery.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quechua Song by Traditional
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Written: Peru 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with saxophone improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
2.
O Lord, in thee is all my trust by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Gordon Jones (Baritone), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
3.
Remember me my dear by Traditional
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), David James (Countertenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone),
Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
4.
Agnus Dei by Antoine Brumel
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
5.
O ignis spiritus Paracliti by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
6.
Estonian Lullaby by Veljo Tormis
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Estonian 
Notes: This performance includes improvisations by Jan Garberek. 
7.
Novus novus by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
8.
Alleluia V Nativitas by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
9.
Delphic Paean by Athenaeus
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Written: 127 BC; Greece 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
10.
Strophe and Counter-Strophe by Jan Garbarek
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
11.
Loiterando by Jan Garbarek
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
12.
Eagle Dance by Traditional
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), John Potter (Tenor),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek.
This selection is an arrangement of Iroquois and Padleirmuit fragments. 
13.
When Jesus Wept by William Billings
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone), John Potter (Tenor),
Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
14.
Hymn to the Sun by Mesomedes
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone),
Gordon Jones (Baritone), David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Written: 1stth Century; Greece 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
15.
Mascarades by Traditional
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Written: Basque Provinces, Sp 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
16.
Se je fayz dueil by Guillaume le Rouge
Performer:  Gordon Jones (Baritone), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
17.
Fayrfax Africanus by Anonymous
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
David James (Countertenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 
18.
Russian Psalm by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Garbarek (Saxophone), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Slavonic 
Notes: Arranged: Hilliard Ensemble with sax improvisations by Jan Garbarek. 

Sound Samples

Quechua Song
O Lord, In Thee Is All My Trust
Remember Me My Dear
Gloria
Fayrfax Africanus
Agnus Dei
Novus novus
Se je fayz dueil
O ignis spiritus
Alleluia nativitatis
Delphic Paean
Strophe And Counter-Strophe
Mascarades
Loiterando
Estonian Lullaby
Estonian Lullaby
Russian Psalm
Eagle Dance
When Jesus Wept
Hymn To The Sun

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