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The Hilliard Ensemble, active in the early music world since 1973, will end its long tenure in 2014 with one last world tour.
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December 19, 2013 The world-renowned vocal chamber group Hilliard Ensemble will disband in 2014 after 40 years of performing. Host Arun Rath speaking with founding member David James about their final concerts and their new album, Il Cor Tristo.
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The Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek (center) say they decide nothing before playing a piece.
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November 5, 2010 A choral group known for its early-music repertoire and a saxophonist steeped in the art of improvisation may not be the most likely musical partners. But the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek have worked together since 1993. Officium Novum is their latest collaboration.
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February 14, 2005 Musician and Day to Day contributor David Was reviews a new recording of motets by the 14th-century composer Machaut. Was finds some very modern elements in the music, performed by the Grammy-nominated Hilliard Ensemble.
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December 31, 2004 NPR writers and critics pick the best albums of 2004. Included is music by Modest Mouse, Tinariwen, The Hilliard Ensemble, Brian Wilson, Guy Davis and Wilco.
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December 28, 2004 2004 was a year when a handful of artists with their best days long behind them surprised us with their strongest music; Loretta Lynn and Brian Wilson come to mind. It was also a year when a lot of new musicians recorded some of the most personal and fragile songs you'll hear — Iron and Wine, Bright Eyes, Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens to name a few.
June 8, 2004 The Hilliard Ensemble is a Renaissance music group that also applies its talents to modern compositions. The group has a repertoire that spans five centuries. David D'Arcy reports.
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April 12, 2004 Odd interpretations from Stolen Shack; Folk singer/songwriter Adrienne Young; A new retrospective from The Who; Neo-psychedelia from Circulatory System; Solo work from jazz bassist Percy Heath. Featured Artist: Hilliard Ensemble.
April 28, 2003 It may sound like classical music, but for NPR reviewer Tom Manoff, it's pancultural — an unusual mix of sounds from different cultures, languages and world instruments. On this special video edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen speaks with Manoff about pancultural music.
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December 1, 2001 On this edition of All Songs Considered: Secret messages from Bach; The imaginary world of Bjork; Sublime harmonies from Music Boxes; Crossing the Nile with Patrick Hadley; A tragic love story from Paul Simon; Relax and dissolve with Leonard Cohen; And a Sun Records tribute from Bob Dylan.
November 5, 2001 A new CD called Morimurfeatures music by J.S. Bach, performed by violinist Christoph Poppen and the voices of the Hilliard Ensemble. The Chaconne from Bach's Partita in D is performed with solo violin, along with various church chorales. Then the Chaconne is performed again, this time with the singers bringing out secret melodies. Critic Tom Manoff says hearing the hidden layers beneath the music made him appreciate the genius of Bach even more.
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