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Il Cor Tristo - Roger Marsh, Bernardo Pisano & Jacques Arcadelt

Hilliard Ensemble Audio CD
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  • Composer: Roger Marsh, Bernardo Pisano, Jacques Arcadelt
  • Audio CD (11 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B00FESP6XY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bernardo Pisano: Or vedi, Amor
2. Nova angeletta
3. Chiare, fresche, e dolci acque
4. Roger Marsh: Il Cor Tristo - I
5. Jacques Arcadelt: Solo e pensoso
6. L'aer gravato
7. Tutt'il d piango
8. Roger Marsh: Il Cor Tristo - II
9. Bernardo Pisano: Si debile il filo
10. Ne la stagion
11. Che debb'io far?
12. Roger Marsh: Il Cor Tristo - III

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One of the world's finest vocal chamber groups, the Hilliard Ensemble, is unrivalled for its formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music. The programme featured here - released to mark the beginning of the Hilliard Ensemble's 40th Anniversary season celebrations - exemplifies its distinctive style and highly developed musicianship in both repertoires.

At its heart is a work commissioned by the ensemble from British contemporary composer Roger Marsh: Il Cor Tristo, a setting of cantos 32 and 33 from Dante's Inferno, which deftly blends Renaissance techniques with a modern idiom. Marsh's composition frames madrigals by 16th century composers Bernardo Pisano (1490-1548) and Jacques Arcadelt (c 1507-1568). As so often with the Hilliard singers, the transitions between "old" and "new" are seamless, and the album unfolds like a larger composition. Credit to Roger Marsh, who notes that his "primary concern has been to keep Dante's words clear at all times, and thus you will find in this contemporary music many devices more usually encountered in music of much earlier times."

Marsh's Il Cor Tristo was premiered by the Hilliard Ensemble in Perugia, Italy in 2008. The version here was recorded, along with the Pisano and Acadelt pieces, in November 2012, at the St Gerold monastery in Austria, location for outstanding Hilliard recordings including the collaborations with Jan Garbarek (Officium, Mnemosyne, Officium Novum), the Bach project with Christoph Poppen (Morimur), Arvo Pärt's Da Pacem Domine, as well as motets of Guillaume de Machaut, 16th century English music (Audivi Voci) and more.

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

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ECM 2346; ECM RECORDS - Germania; Classica vocale

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine Hilliard disc 25 April 2014
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is yet another adventurous and haunting disc from the Hilliard Ensemble. Here they sing Roger Marsh's Il Cor Tristo, a contemporary setting of cantos from Dante's Inferno, among early 16th Century madrigals by Arcadelt and Pisano. It sounds pretty challenging but although it's not always an easy and relaxing listen, it is actually a very rewarding and enjoyable programme. The Arcadelt and Pisano pieces frame the Marsh beautifully and Marsh's work itself is dramatic and fascinating - and rather beautiful in places. I'm often not that keen on contemporary music, but I like this very much: it is undeniably 21st Century in character but is harmonically especially gripping, I find, with real drama and storytelling which keeps me thoroughly involved.

The Hilliards are thoroughly at home here. They bring their intense, haunting sound to both ancient and modern and it is very effective in both. They are technically superb and engage wonderfully with the music and text, completely involving the listener (well, this listener, anyway) in what they are singing. The acoustic is perfect: resonant without being over-boomy, and it makes the performances glow.

Even if you're not a big fan of contemporary music, I would recommend giving this a try. Like me, you might be surprised at how very much you like it. It's a fine recording which I recommend very warmly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine Hilliard disc 25 April 2014
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is yet another adventurous and haunting disc from the Hilliard Ensemble. Here they sing Roger Marsh's Il Cor Tristo, a contemporary setting of cantos from Dante's Inferno, among early 16th Century madrigals by Arcadelt and Pisano. It sounds pretty challenging but although it's not always an easy and relaxing listen, it is actually a very rewarding and enjoyable programme. The Arcadelt and Pisano pieces frame the Marsh beautifully and Marsh's work itself is dramatic and fascinating – and rather beautiful in places. I'm often not that keen on contemporary music, but I like this very much: it is undeniably 21st Century in character but is harmonically especially gripping, I find, with real drama and storytelling which keeps me thoroughly involved.

The Hilliards are thoroughly at home here. They bring their intense, haunting sound to both ancient and modern and it is very effective in both. They are technically superb and engage wonderfully with the music and text, completely involving the listener (well, this listener, anyway) in what they are singing. The acoustic is perfect: resonant without being over-boomy, and it makes the performances glow.

Even if you're not a big fan of contemporary music, I would recommend giving this a try. Like me, you might be surprised at how very much you like it. It's a fine recording which I recommend very warmly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Gift 5 April 2014
By F. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got this for my mom. She loved the voices and the unique sound of this group. I've never heard anything like it.
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