The Hilliard Ensemble : discography

ECM New Series 1700

Playing time: 105'02

Recorded April 1998,
Propstei St Gerold



Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble


CD 1
 1.  Quechua Song 
Peruvian folksong fragment
 2.  O Lord in Thee is all My Trust 
Thomas Tallis
 3.  Estonian Lullaby 
Veljo Tormis
 4.  Remember Me My Dear 
16th century Scotland
 5.  Gloria 
Guillaume Dufay
 6.  Fayrfax Africanus 
St Albans / Great Dunmow
 7.  Agnus Dei 
Antoine Brumel
 8.  Novus novus 
13th century France
 9.  Se je fayz dueil 
Guillaume le Rouge
 10.  O ignis spiritus 
Hildegard von Bingen

CD 2
 1.  Alleluia nativitatis 
13th century England
 2.  Delphic Paean 
Athenaeus (127 BC)
 3.  Strophe and Counter-Strophe 
Jan Garbarek
 4.  Mascarades 
Basque folksong fragments
 5.  Loiterando 
Jan Garbarek
 6.  Estonian Lullaby 
Veljo Tormis
 7.  Russian Psalm 
16th century Russia
 8.  Eagle Dance 
Iroquois & Padleirmiut fragments
 9.  When Jesus Wept 
William Billings
 10.  Hymn to the Sun 
Mesomedes (2nd century Greece)


David James, countertenor
Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor
John Potter, tenor
Gordon Jones, baritone

Jan Garbarek, soprano and tenor saxophones


Five years after the recording of "Officium", the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek returned to the monastery of St Gerold to renew, in the words of singer John Potter, their "encounter with the unknown." The resultant, very beautiful, double-album, "Mnemosyne", is wider in scope than its predecessor, and the improvised component of the music is expanded. Repertoire now spans 22 centuries, from the "Delphic Paean" of Athenaeus to the "Estonian Lullaby" of Veljo Tormis, via folk song fragments from North and South America and Spain, freely developed, as well as pieces by Tallis, Dufay, Brumel, Hildegard von Bingen, Jan Garbarek, a Russian psalm, a Scottish ballad of the 16th century, and much more. "We did it for each other in the absence of an audience, and these are complete one-off performances which will never sound the same again."