The Hilliard Ensemble : Says goodbye with “Il cor tristo”

One of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, The Hilliard Ensemble has a formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music.  The program featured on their farewell recording exemplifies its distinctive style and highly developed musicianship in both repertoires.  At its heart is a work commissioned by the ensemble from British contemporary … Continue reading The Hilliard Ensemble : Says goodbye with “Il cor tristo”

Marcel Pérès and Ensemble Organum : Machaut’s Mass

Ensemble Organum is a group performing early music, co-founded in 1982 by Marcel Pérès and is based in France. Its members have changed, but have included at one time or another, Josep Cabré, Josep Benet, Gérard Lesne, Antoine Sicot, Malcolm Bothwell. They have often collaborated with Lycourgos Angelopoulos and are influenced by Orthodox music. The group … Continue reading Marcel Pérès and Ensemble Organum : Machaut’s Mass

Dominique Vellard’s new take on Early Music

The major areas explored by Dominique Vellard in his musical career are rooted in his childhood experiences -as a choirboy at Notre-Dame de Versailles- that gave rise to his passionate love of Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, French composers of the seventeenth century and Bach organ music and chorales. Soon after completing his studies at the … Continue reading Dominique Vellard’s new take on Early Music

Hildegard of Bingen : Re-Imagined

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) celebrated a big birthday in 1998. She would have been 900 years old. To mark the anniversary, one of Hildegard's dozens of individualistic compositions, the Ordo Virtutum, was recast by a team of New York artists appropriately named the Hildegurls: Eve Beglarian, Lisa Bielawa, Kitty Brazelton, and Elaine Kaplinsky. While this cannot be … Continue reading Hildegard of Bingen : Re-Imagined

Guillaume Dufay

Guillaume Dufay (5 August, ca. 1397 – 27 November 1474) was a Franco-Flemish composer of the early Renaissance. The central figure in the Burgundian School, he was regarded by his contemporaries as the leading composer in Europe in the mid-15th century. We can't be 100% certain about birth dates from the 15th century, even the year … Continue reading Guillaume Dufay

Guillaume de Machaut : the best-known composer/poet of the 14th century

Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) is the most well-known composer of the 14th century.  I can make this statement with complete confidence of its veracity.  Machaut had a day job, he worked for John of Luxembourg, King of Bohemia, from ‘around twelve years’ before 1330 until at least 1333 (and probably until 1346) (Leach, Elizabeth … Continue reading Guillaume de Machaut : the best-known composer/poet of the 14th century

focus : early music

I really enjoy listening to music from the 13th-15th centuries.  This has been an interest of mine for almost as long as my love of music.  And I am told that often people who enjoy contemporary classical music also enjoy early music, and not much in between.  While that is not entirely true for me, … Continue reading focus : early music