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Transeamus: works by John Plummer (1418-84); Walter Lambe (1450-1504), William Cornysh (d.1502), Sheryngham (fl.c.1500) / Hilliard Ensemble

Album Summary

>Anonymous, English : Thomas gemma Cantuariae / Thomas cesus in Doveria
>Anonymous, English : St Thomas Honour We (15th c.), carol
>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Clangat Tuba, Martyr Thoma, carol for 3 voices
>Plummer, John : Anna Mater Matris Christi
>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow
>Anonymous, English : O pulcherrima mulierum (15th century)
>Traditional, Christmas : There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)
>Lambe, Walter : Stella Caeli for 4 voices
>Traditional, Christmas : Marvel Not, Joseph
>Anonymous : Ecce Quod Natura
>Cornysh, William : Ave Maria mater Dei
>Traditional, Christmas : Ah, my dear, ah, my dear Son!, carol (English)
>Anonymous, English : Sancta mater gracie / Dou Way Robin
>Sheryngham : Ah, Gentle Jesu
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Observer, 2nd November 2014
It's three decades since they began their recordings for ECM, always atmospherically recorded and presented...they have admirably decided to quit while they're ahead, and take their leave with this subtle, underplayed collection of carols and motets from the English repertory.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
The accounts are intimate and subtly coloured, the Hilliards' distinctive sound still unsullied, four decades on.The singers' faultless clarity of diction, highlighted by the close recording perspective, sheds light on the words and their, tender, Marian sentiments.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
It is fitting that they should return to this repertory in this, their final recording...The tone is not quite so bold now but the interplay between voices is as absorbing as ever...This is an impressive legacy for which the members of The Hilliard Ensemble past and present have earned our enduring gratitude.

Sunday Times, 23rd November 2014
It's a euphonious, expressive music, and the Hilliard's four voices, as always, perform it with affecting poise and directness.

Having recorded more than 20 albums for ECM since the mid-80s, The Hilliard Ensemble caps its discography before retirement with a final release: Transeamus, a collection of polyphonic Carols and Motets in two, three and four parts from 15th-century England. The British vocal ensembles very first ECM recording included music from the court of Henry VIII, and Transeamus brings their odyssey through the ages full circle.

The album includes many of the groups favorite pieces from this era, including previously unrecorded items from its concert programs by the likes of John Plummer, Walter Lambe and William Cornysh. More of the albums works are by composers rendered anonymous by time, yet all of this music is rich with enduring personality. Tenor David James says: The sweet harmonies might appear uncomplicated, but this transparency of sound creates a cumulative effect that is mesmerizing.

The album ends with Ah gentle Jesu. We know the composers name, Sheryngham, but virtually nothing else. On paper, it is a simple dialogue between Christ on the cross and a penitent sinner; however, the intensity of the music is so overwhelming that, from our experience in concert, both listener and performer are left in stunned silence.

Notes & Reviews:

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



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Works Details

>Anonymous, English : Thomas gemma Cantuariae / Thomas cesus in Doveria
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Ensemble: Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.

>Anonymous, English : St Thomas Honour We (15th c.), carol
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.

>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Clangat Tuba, Martyr Thoma, carol for 3 voices
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1475

>Plummer, John : Anna Mater Matris Christi
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Ritson Manscript : Lullay, lullow :: I saw a swete semely syght, christmas carol for 2 voices
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1475

>Anonymous, English : O pulcherrima mulierum (15th century)
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Written: 14th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1420

>Lambe, Walter : Stella Caeli for 4 voices
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Christmas : Marvel Not, Joseph
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous : Ecce Quod Natura
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 14th Century

>Cornysh, William : Ave Maria mater Dei
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1510

>Traditional, Christmas : Ah, my dear, ah, my dear Son!, carol (English)
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous, English : Sancta mater gracie / Dou Way Robin
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.

>Sheryngham : Ah, Gentle Jesu
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance