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Il Cor Tristo - Music of Roger Marsh, Bernardo Pisano & Jacques Arcadelt / Rogers Covey-Crump; Steven Harrold

Audio Samples

>Pisano, Bernardo : Or vedi, Amor, for 4 voices
>Pisano, Bernardo : Nova angeletta, for 4 voices
>Pisano, Bernardo : Chiare, fresche et dolci acque, for 4 voices
>Marsh, Roger : Il Cor Tristo, for 4 voices
>Arcadelt, Jacques : Solo e pensoso, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/11
>Arcadelt, Jacques : L'er gravat' e l'importuna nebbia, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/56
>Arcadelt, Jacques : Tutt' il di piango e poi la notte, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 5/36
>Pisano, Bernardo : Si e debile il filo, for 4 voices
>Pisano, Bernardo : Ne la stagion, for 4 voices
>Pisano, Bernardo : Che debb'Io far for 4 voices

Album Summary

>Pisano, Bernardo : Or vedi, Amor, for 4 voices
>Pisano, Bernardo : Nova angeletta, for 4 voices
>Pisano, Bernardo : Chiare, fresche et dolci acque, for 4 voices
>Marsh, Roger : Il Cor Tristo, for 4 voices
>Arcadelt, Jacques : Solo e pensoso, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/11
>Arcadelt, Jacques : L'er gravat' e l'importuna nebbia, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/56
>Arcadelt, Jacques : Tutt' il di piango e poi la notte, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 5/36
>Pisano, Bernardo : Si e debile il filo, for 4 voices
>Pisano, Bernardo : Ne la stagion, for 4 voices
>Pisano, Bernardo : Che debb'Io far for 4 voices
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

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 program featured here 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.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
Apart from the very English-sounding Italian, the performances are as dramatic and intense as one could ask.

MusicWeb International, 27th January 2014
The booklet prints the section of La Divina Commedia used both in Italian and English, so you can have fun following the narrative and seeing how Marsh characterises each portion, the Hilliards responding with Tlan in their variety of colour and articulation...This is a highly successful programme with all-round appeal and an inventive concept.

Sunday Times, 23rd November 2013
Nothing sums up the bold approach to repertoire better than this CD...Grim words; haunting music; masterly performance.

The Observer, 1st December 2013
[Marsh] sets large tracts of Dante in an imaginative recitative-led style that demands close reading of the texts, while the flowing, harmonious lines of Arcadelt provide perfect contrast. There is some bloom missing now from the sound, but the Hilliard's performances are as skilfully moulded as ever.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The Hilliard men sing with their customary transparency, urgency, and expressiveness. Their diction is impeccable, allowing the poetry to come through as radiantly as the music. The recording, made in the St Gerold Monastary in Austria, a favored Hilliard venue, allows everything to emerge with warmth and the sense of mystery essential to this music. This album comes in the 40th year of the Hilliard ensemble and is a tribute to their remarkable achievement in old and new music since 1973. The notes announce that they will finally end their long ride after this year. This beautiful recording shows why they will be missed. ECM plans to issue more Hilliard albums this year.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
Marsh plays to the Hilliards' strengths, throwing individual voices into high relief with chilling declamatory passages set against a mostly homophonic texture. The programme is driven by the emotion and drama of its texts, which the quartet articulates with urgent lucidity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Probstei St. Gerold (11/2012).



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Works Details

>Pisano, Bernardo : Or vedi, Amor, for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Pisano, Bernardo : Nova angeletta, for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Pisano, Bernardo : Chiare, fresche et dolci acque, for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Marsh, Roger : Il Cor Tristo, for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Arcadelt, Jacques : Solo e pensoso, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/11
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1540

>Arcadelt, Jacques : L'er gravat' e l'importuna nebbia, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 7/56
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1557

>Arcadelt, Jacques : Tutt' il di piango e poi la notte, madrigal for 4 voices, S. 5/36
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1539

>Marsh, Roger : Il Cor Tristo, for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Pisano, Bernardo : Sí è debile il filo, for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Pisano, Bernardo : Ne la stagion, for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Pisano, Bernardo : Che debb'Io far for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Marsh, Roger : Il Cor Tristo, for 4 voices
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral