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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Northside Records
  • ASIN: B00005NNON
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Euchari
2. Viridissima Virga
3. Salvatoris
4. O Frondens Virga
5. Unde Quocompque
6. O Vis Aeternitatis
7. Virga Ac Diadema
8. Paso
9. Kyrie

Editorial Reviews

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What happens when a raucous Scandinavian folk band armed with strings, acoustic guitars, and percussion rearranges the music of a 12th-century nun and updates it with modern electronic backdrops? Why, you get Garmarna's Hildegard von Bingen, a surprisingly sedate affair that marries the sacred and the secular in a truly unorthodox fashion. The band's organic and synthetic elements are on opposite ends of the aural spectrum, but--purism be damned--Garmarna makes it appealing. There are times when the beats are a little intrusive on Hildegard's striking melodies--which are beautifully sung here by singer Emma Härdelin--but they never overwhelm the music and aren't always present. Overall, this album, created and named in Hildegard von Bingen's honor, serves as a reverent tribute to her music, and it might just influence newer, younger listeners to investigate her 900-year-old repertoire. --Bryan Reesman

Customer Reviews

Hildegard von Bingen is STILL GOOD.
David Michael Cook
I especially love their interpretation of "Virga ac Diadema" and "Salvatoris".
Kimberly
Interesting, and a pretty cool idea, but not my favourite album.
BenJamin P. Johnson

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Hall on January 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a very listenable adaptation of the chant attributed
to Hildegard of Bingen, a Christian mystic who lived mainly
in the 12th century. Her connection to God manifests itself
in the intimate wedding of the text with the complicated
plainsong chant.

This also may be one of the more accessible recordings for
modern listeners, since not only do Gamarna sing with some
instruments (from later periods) but have a backup reminiscent
of . . . Enigma. You know, guitars, drum beats, etc. I find
this recording to be a lot more listenable than Engima, though.
Whereas Enigma revels in irreverence, Gamarna seems to have a
great respect for the material.

As far as the Latin pronunciation goes (mentioned in another
review), I have to point out that this is not classical Latin
but rather medieval Latin. We actually *do* have a good idea
of the standard classical pronunciations. The other reviewer
defends Gamarna's evident Swedish accent. I also find it
pleasant, since their vowels are nice and pure. However, from
an historic standpoint, it might have been more appropriate to
sing these canticles with the "German" pronunciation (fecit=
"feh-TSEET") rather than the "Italian" Latin (fecit= "feh-CHEET")
. . . I think it might be more appropriate for 12th century
Bingen, and migh have jibed better with their accents. But still,
if you would like and introduction to v. Bingen's music, and
don't mind modernized arrangements, this is your recording!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Michael Cook on May 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is certainly quite innovative--parts of I absolutely love; parts which aspire to heights we never thought Garmarna was capable of--but at the same time, the bad songs on here are honestly some of Garmarna's worst. It's such a damn enjoyable album though that it's quite hard to feel bad about buying it... I guarantee SOMETHING on here will be exremely enjoyable, but cannot guarantee that everyone will like every song, as I could with God's Musicians (if you liked one song from that, you almost definitely would enjoy the entire album).
The songs are sung in Latin, with Emma Hårdelin's voice singing them with her Swedish accent. The basic premise is taking ancient poems (written by the German nun Hildegard von Bingen) and setting them to modern techno-backed orchestrations.
Our first glimpse of this is on "Euchari". Some fans may remember "Euchari" from the Vengeance album; they performed the song on there as well. However, the Hildegard version is extraordinarily good in comparison. The fiddles, rush of air, thumping and clicking beat, and Emma's voice just go well together. I think this is unquestionably the best song on the album.
Other songs, such as Salvatoris, O Frondens Virga and Viridisssima Virga are also extraordinary in their mix of old and new; but it is the other "potentials"--the songs that seem like they should have been cut out when the band was deciding which to include-- that threaten to ruin the album. Notice I said threaten, not "they ruin the album"--because they don't. Hildegard von Bingen is STILL GOOD. It jus could have been much better without technofied Unde Quocompque or the completely immemorably Kyrie. The use of Latin on the album is undoubtedly seductive and powerful; it is only in the arrangement of some songs that any flaws are noted, and they really aren't too big of a problem. However, on the whole I think this album will satisfy most Garmarna fans that enjoyed Vengeance, and may garner Garmarna a few new fans, too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2001
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I love Garmarna. I got the chance to see them last fall at the World Financial Center, where they previewed songs from this album. At that time they played the songs in a more traditional Garmarna way, without the trippy elements that are on this album. My overall feeling after listening to the whole cd is that I like it, even though it is a bit of a departure from their previous work. Certain songs work better than others such as Euchari, Unde Quocompque, and Virga Ac Diadema which are fantastic. Emma's voice is beautiful as usual. The only complaint that I could make is that I was kind of hoping to hear a more Swedish version of Hildegard. I was longing to hear more violin and hurdy-gurdy. Still, Garmarna are far superior to 99% of the bands out there so I happy to hear anything from them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mattias Thorslund on December 20, 2001
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I have had this CD for about half a year now (caught the Swedish release) and it's been a constant favorite along with the other Garmarna albums. Definitely, this album is more "techno" than the previous ones.
Emma's vocals soar high above and, though some have commented on her Latin intonation, this is exactly how I imagine it must have sounded in many a Scandinavian nunnery (minus techno track, and fiddles etc) in mediaeval days. Remember that nobody knows exactly how the Romans pronounced their Latin and that the intonation of every Latin speaker is heavily colored by their native language. So, in my mind, a Swedish accent rather adds to the authenticity in this case!
The techno tracks are innovative and fresh - I listen to this CD for hours on end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2001
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Garmarna continues down the path they plotted with "Vengeance," and is now very far into electronic/techno land. The overall feel of this disk, like "Vengeance" is very sedate, contemplative, airy. The techno rhythms and looped samples clash with the Emma Hardelin's delivery of the songs. This disk was an interesting concept that, unfortunately, was not realized effectively.
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