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11,000 Virgins: Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula


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  • Composer: Hildegard von Bingen
  • Audio CD (September 9, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B0000007FU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Antiphon - Auctori vite psalmis - Invitatory - Venite exsultemus domino
2. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Symphonia virginum - O dulcissime amator
3. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Hymn - Jesu corona virginum
4. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Responsory - Spiritui sancto
5. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Versicle - Specie tua
6. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Responsory -Favus distillans
7. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Benedicamus domino
8. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Antiphon - Studium divinitatis
9. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Psalm 92 - Dominus regnavit - Studium divinitatis
10. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Sequence - O Ecclesia
11. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Benedicamus domino
12. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Chapter - Domine deus meus
13. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Brief responsory - Mirabilis deus
14. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Hymn - Cum vox sanguinis
15. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Antiphon - O rubor sanguinis
16. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Canticle - Magnificat anima mea - O rubor sanguinis
17. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Hymn - Te lucis ante terminum
18. 11,000 Virgins - Chants For The Feast Of St. Ursula: Benidicamus domino

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All the world loves Hildegard--and the four women of Anonymous 4 may be the best interpreters of her music since the 12th century. St. Ursula was the legendary daughter of a British king who, with her army of virgin companions, was martyred in Cologne, perhaps in the fifth century; Hildegard wrote these Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula for use in a highly solemn celebration along with other liturgical chants. It is in this context that Anonymous 4 presents this program, interspersing chants and psalmody with Hildegard's compositions, sometimes employing drones and polyphonic embellishment. The musical effect is a mixture of awesome reverence and earthly sensuousness. The combination of four different women's voices in perfect unison creates a richly colored sound that can lull or console or uplift. --David Vernier

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I bought two-one for my wife and one for my best friend.
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One must also respect the stories that tie together the music that Anonymous 4 chooses, as the story with the 11,000 virgins is no exception.
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The music is also very important historically, as Hildegard von Bingen is one of the few women composers in the history of Western music.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on November 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Another superb CD by "Annonymous 4", these women are some of the best at creating music for the soul. Quite meditative in nature it is truly amazing that this music was written so long ago and continues to inspire. The accompanying booklet gives you plenty of background information on Hildegard von Bingen and why these songs were written. The included artwork is an additional bonus if you're inclined to like the works of Hildegard von Bingen. The music is just sheer beauty, angelic voices in a world of chaos. The music is relaxing and perfect for creative and contemplative moods. The perfect reading music or for that matter anytime the pace needs to be slowed down . It is best listened to to free one's mind of all earthly concerns and to focus on more spiritual matters. An excellent choice for those moments of connecting to the meaning and purpose of our existences.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
'11,000 Virgins - Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula' performed by the vocal quartet, Anonymous 4' is 72 minutes of music at least as good as any of their other albums. But, over half of the pieces on this record are by medieval composers OTHER than Fraulein Hildegard. So, the emphasis of the album is much more on 'Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula' than on Hildegard.

This does not disappoint, as the performances are superb, regardless of the composer. My only regret is that the notes did not tell more of the story of the 11,000 virgins. When I was visiting the Rhineland, this was a big local story, even though it happened over a 1,000 years ago, even before Hildegard's time.

But that's minor grousing. This is great music. Buy it if you like Medieval liturgical music!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This Recording is one of many recordings of Saint Hildegard that saturated the music market this year. With the popularity of the Anonymous4, it may become the most known.
The Anonymous4 puts on a performance that is sweet and pure. The intonation qualities are very good. Although the these are a plus, and I do very much admire the Anonymous4. I find this recording to be bland.
I find that Sequentia has a much better grasp on Hildegard's Chants. If you must have an Anonymous4 CD, try An "English Ladymass, or their latest Lammas Ladymass".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2005
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The music on this CD comes from the great Hildegard of Bingen, one of the towering female figures from the Middle Ages. Hildegard is not only one of the few women whose name has come down to us from the Middle Ages, but one of the few composers of any sort whose name survives together with his or her compositions. Hildegard was a sort of Renaissance woman before the Renaissance, whose fame spread in her lifetime such that she was advisor of monarchs and popes, as well as a significant creative and mystical figure.

Between 1150 and 1160, she composed and collected poetry and musical works under the title 'Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations'. Much of her music was monophonic in nature, and tied to the liturgy. The Anonymous 4 in their performance sometimes add polyphonic embellishments and vocal drones to chants and psalmody.

Hildegard's abbey possessed relics of St. Ursula, and Hildegard wrote many pieces in honour of the saint to be performed by the women of her abbey. This particular recording of women's voices doing these pieces is therefore quite natural and back to the original intent of Hildegard's compositions.

Hildegard's style is unique, as are the vocal talents of the Anonymous 4 - the combination here is something that approaches perfection.

-- Liner Notes --

This text accompaniment to this disc is very full, so much so that the booklet is not contained within the jewel case, but rather within a slipcover in which both the CD/jewel case and the booklet reside. The liner notes include a description of the work, a brief piece about the quartet, and the lyrics of the songs both in original language and in translation - all repeated in English, German, and French sections.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laqueus contritus est on January 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
As I have said in previous reviews about Anonymous 4, the group does perhaps the best interpretation of the ancient Chants that I have heard. This CD is no exception. It is arranged, as is fitting, into a semi-liturgical format, which means that each chant is serving a real function similar to that which it would have done in its own time. The voices are beautiful; the chants are beautiful. What more could you ask? I would caution, though, if you have ZERO appreciation for antiquity and the austerity of the original chants, this CD will not be for you. It has no instrumetation and interprets the neumes quite simply, letting St. Hildegard's beautiful words and melody make their mark without a whole lot of funny business. Thank goodness.
As a member of a chant schola, the only problem with CD's like this is that I achingly wish that this chant could be used in services more regularly, and in its proper place. It's a tragedy that such music is left out of the Divine Office and Mass.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Hildegard von Bingen composed angelic music, to be performed by angelic voices. Such are the Anonimous 4's. Buy it. listen to it. You'll love it.
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