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The Dream of the Rood

The Hilliard Ensemble

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1.1
Vetus abit littera
The Hilliard Ensemble
3:30
1.2
Procurans odium
The Hilliard Ensemble
2:10
1.3
Deus miseratus hominis
The Hilliard Ensemble
5:54
1.4
Viderunt omnes (Arr. J. Casken)
John Casken; The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
12:03
The Dream of the Rood  
1.5
I. Procession I (The Dream)
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
4:44
1.6
II. Motet of Angels
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
0:34
1.7
III. Dream of Fear
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
2:48
1.8
IV. Interlude I
Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
0:42
1.9
V. Procession II (The Torn Tree)
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
1:57
1.10
VI. Interlude II
Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
0:35
1.11
VII. Dream of Revelation
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
0:45
1.12
VIII. Motet of Sacrifice
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
3:28
1.13
IX. Interlude III
Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
0:37
1.14
X. Motet of Shame
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
1:34
1.15
XI. Interlude IV
Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
0:27
1.16
XII. Dream of Adornment
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
1:53
1.17
XIII. Motet of the Rood
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
3:17
1.18
XIV. Motet of Prayer
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
1:01
1.19
XV. Procession III (The Faith)
The Hilliard Ensemble; Asko/Schönberg; Clark Rundell
2:11
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    50:10
"The Dream of the Rood (2008), his adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon: a captivating structure with a hint of the ritual austerity of Stravinsky's late cantatas." - Sunday Times Casken’s work is often inspired by literature and legend, landscape and painting and particularly by the Northumberland countryside where he lives. His compositions have won a Gramophone award, the First Britten Award for Composition, the Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize, a British Composer Award for Vocal Music, as well as shortlistings for both RPS and British Composer Awards. The Dream of the Rood sets texts chosen by the composer from the Anglo-Saxon poem of the same name which dramatically describes the story of the crucifixion in a highly original portrayal of Christ’s death coupled with Casken’s own arrangement of Pérotin’s Viderunt omnes, the earliest surviving vocal work of plainsong in four parts. In both arrangements, Casken introduces a large instrumental ensemble and masterfully enhances the medieval texts and music of the originals within a highly effective contemporary context. Alongside these are three pieces from the rare Conductus repertoire of the 12th/13th centuries which have been core to The Hilliard Ensemble's performing library. This release marks the significant contribution to British music of one of its most notable vocal ensembles and one of its richest of composing voices, in work that is equally moving and dramatic
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – NMC Recordings Studio Masters

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