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Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen - David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion (2009)

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Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen - David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion (2009)

Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen - David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 65:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU807496 | Recorded: 2008

David Lang's the little match girl passion, for vocal quartet doubling on percussion instruments, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. It's a strong, striking piece with a surprisingly potent emotional punch. Part of its effectiveness derives from the story itself, which is so achingly poignant that it can hardly fail to raise a lump in the throat. The text is primarily compiled from the story by Hans Christian Andersen and from familiar sections from Bach's St. Matthew Passion, which sound fresh and new in English translation. Lang's clear-eyed avoidance of sentimentality saves the story from the bathos into which it could easily sink in a less skillful musical setting.

Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier - Dietrich Buxtehude and his Circle: Geist, Bruhns, Tunder, Förster (2016) [Re-Up]

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Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier - Dietrich Buxtehude and his Circle: Geist, Bruhns, Tunder, Förster (2016) [Re-Up]

Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier - Buxtehude and his Circle (2016)
Dietrich Buxtehude - Christian Geist - Nicolas Bruhns - Franz Tunder - Kaspar Förster

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 347 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Baroque | Label: Dacapo | # 6.220634 | Time: 01:15:31

Dietrich Buxtehude was not only the greatest organ virtuoso of his time and a celebrated composer of both sacred and secular music; he was also a highly enterprising and innovative artist with a unique ability to form networks around himself. This CD, conceived by Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier, gives a rare insight into the circle around Buxtehude – a musical circle of time, place, friendships, teacher-pupil relationships and even family ties; a network of excellent composers from northern German musician families, all of whom worked in or migrated to Scandinavia in the course of the 1600s.

Paul Hillier, Andrew Lawrence-King - Chansons de Trouvères (1996)

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Paul Hillier, Andrew Lawrence-King  - Chansons de Trouvères (1996)

Paul Hillier, Andrew Lawrence-King - Chansons de Trouvères (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 489 Mb | Total time: 69:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMU 907184 | Recorded: 1995

The repertoire of trouvere songs is one “we are only now beginning to explore” writes Margaret Switten. I’m not sure that John Stevens or Hendrik van der Werf would agree with this, but it is certainly a claim that whets the appetite. And here we have an enlightened and well-chosen selection, sensitively presented and delightfully sung by Paul Hillier with insight and feeling. The main object of the poets’ attention is fin’amor, but other themes, including the return of spring (Volez vous que je vous chant and En mai, quant li rossignolez), make their joyful appearance, and there is one piece in a completely different vein, a serious piece of religious polemics: Deus est ensi conme li pellicanz.