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Transeamus (English Carols and Motets)

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Transeamus (English Carols and Motets)
Transeamus (English Carols and Motets)


Having recorded more than twenty albums for ECM since the mid-80s, The Hilliard Ensemble caps its discography before retirement (at the end of 2014) with a final release: 'Transeamus', a collection of polyphony - in two, three and four parts - from 15th-century England.

The British vocal ensemble's 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 group's favourite pieces from this era, including previously unrecorded items from its concert programmes by the likes of John Plummer, Walter Lambe and William Cornysh. More of the album's 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 mesmerising. The album ends with 'Ah gentle Jesu'. We know the composer's 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."

Personnel: David James (countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump, Steven Harrold (tenor), Gordon Jones (baritone)


  1. Name
  2. Anonymous: Thomas gemma Cantuariae
  3. Anonymous: St. Thomas honour we
  4. Anonymous: Clangat tuba
  5. John Plummer: Anna mater
  6. Anonymous: Lullay, I saw
  7. John Plummer: O pulcherrima mulierum
  8. Anonymous: There is no rose
  9. Walter Lambe: Stella Caeli
  10. Anonymous: Marvel not Joseph
  11. Anonymous: Ecce quod natura
  12. William Cornysh: Ave Maria, Mater Dei
  13. Anonymous: Ah! My dear Son
  14. Anonymous: Sancta mater gracie / Dou way Robin
  15. Sheryngham: Ah, gentle Jesu
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