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Media Vita

I think of Nicolas Gombert, with his deep, lush, full-textured sonorities, as the Brahms of the Renaissance. Although Flemish, he worked as choir-master for Emperor Charles V in Spain for much of his career, and I hear in his music some of the dark melancholy that seems to me part of the nation's character. The Hilliard Ensemble's performance strikes me as perfectly right for this music. Not sure there's much point in anyone else's doing it again.


Formed: 1974

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An entire class of English vocal ensembles, sometimes placed under an "Oxbridge Sound" umbrella, specializes in early music. Among the prestigious ranks of the Gothic Voices, the Tallis Scholars, Pro Cantione Antiqua, the Oxford Camerata, and the Sixteen, longevity and musical versatility placed the Hilliard Ensemble in a class almost of their own. Named for the great Elizabethan miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard, the Hilliard Ensemble grew out of the musical vision of baritone Paul Hillier,...
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Nicolas Gombert - Media Vita, The Hilliard Ensemble
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jan 10, 2006

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