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Leaders In Early Music Face A Final Curtain, With Grace

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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The world-renowned vocal chamber group Hilliard Ensemble will disband in 2014 after 40 years of performing. Host Arun Rath speaking with founding member David James about their final concerts and their new album, Il Cor Tristo.

The Hilliard Ensemble, active in the early music world since 1973, will end its long tenure in 2014 with one last world tour.

The Hilliard Ensemble, active in the early music world since 1973, will end its long tenure in 2014 with one last world tour. Marco Borggreve

Since 1973, the four-man vocal chamber group The Hilliard Ensemble has been breathing new life into the sounds of the Renaissance. Now that they've reached their 40-year anniversary, the members have decided to call it a day. Fresh off the new album Il Cor Tristo, the Hilliards will spend 2014 celebrating their long tenure with one last world tour. Then, a year from now, it's all over.

Only one man has been with The Hilliard Ensemble this entire time: counter-tenor David James. In an interview with NPR's Arun Rath, James recounts the excitement of being at the vanguard of early music in the 1970s, and explains how the bond between the four members made it impossible for the group to end in anything but a clean break. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

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