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Hilliard Ensemble

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Hilliard Ensemble: In addition to many a cappella discs, collaborations for ECM include most notably Officium and Mnemosyne with the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, a partnership which continues to develop and renew itself, and Morimur with the German Baroque violinist Christoph Poppen and soprano Monika Mauch. Based on the research of Prof. Helga Thoene, this is a unique interweaving of Bach's Partita in D minor for solo violin with a selection of Chorale verses crowned by the epic Ciaconna , in which instrumentalist and vocalists are united.

The group continues in its quest to forge relationships with living composers, often in an orchestral context. In 1999, they premiered Miroirs des Temps by Unsuk Chin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kent Nagano. In the same year, James MacMillan's Quickening, commissioned jointly by the BBC and the Philadelphia Orchestra, was premiered at the BBC Proms. With Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic, they performed the world premiere of Stephen Hartke's 3 rd Symphony and they recently collaborated with the Munich Chamber Orchestra with a new work by Erkki-Sven T üü r. In 2007 they joined forces with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra to premiere Nunc Dimittis by the Russian composer Alexander Raskatov, also recording this for ECM.

A new development for the group began in August 2008 with the premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival of a music theatre project written by Heiner Goebbels in a production by the Th éâ tre Vidy, Lausanne : I went to the house but did not enter . This has subsequently been presented throughout Europe and the US with further performances scheduled for 2009/10.

Highlights of their calendar this season include premieres in Köln, Paris and New York of Et Lux, a substantial new work by Wolfgang Rihm for which they are joined by the Arditti Quartet, a weekend mini-festival at London's Wigmore Hall, a visit to Australia's Perth International Arts Festival, the European premiere of Stephen Hartke's 3 rd Symphony with Christoph Poppen and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern and concerts with Jan Garbarek.