Wednesday, 8 February 2017
The Hilliard Ensemble - Codex Speciálník (rec. 1993, rel. 1995)
Singing selections from the mostly anonymous songbook (only 8 of the 25 pieces here have composer credits) are the Hilliard Ensemble, who called time on their four-decade career just over two years ago, and appeared on over 20 ECM releases. Celebrated specialists in early music, the Hilliards perform here with their customary expertise, authenticity and solemn, austere beauty.
This is a well-sequenced album too - not sure if it follows the order of the book, or was just done this way for the recording, but the 77-minute CD has all the shortest pieces up front, making the actual halfway-point of the album midway through track 17. But this doesn't really matter much if you just let yourself get lost in the pure sound.
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(I'm trying out Mega as Zippyshare seems to be acting up a bit - hope Mega links work ok for everyone.)
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