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Ordo Virtutum

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Sequentia brought this extraordinary allegorical proto-opera to public attention with a recording and tour in 1982, at the beginning of the Hildegard boom. This new release is the culmination of the label's series of Hildegard's complete works in honor of the 900th anniversary of her birth. The earlier recording included a lot of intrusive instrumental doodling, but 16 years of experience have given Sequentia the courage to let the vocal lines (however plain) speak for themselves--and what glorious lines they are. The Soul's weary lament as she returns from her sojourn with the Devil and Victory's soaring solo upon the Devil's final defeat are astonishing. Fine singing and playing make this disc as fine a tribute as Hildegard and her fans could want. --Matthew Westphal

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0000061LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "dtrr" on January 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to Sequentia's Hildegard with their Canticles of Ecstacy, which entirely fits the description of meditative music. Ordo, Hildegard's first opus, is an allegory, with different voices representing the virtures. Some are melancholic, wistful; others are meditative; still other voices triumphant. It is a rich blend of beautiful voices, but one caveat to the seeker of background meditative music. In the allegory, the voice of the devil (a rasping male voice quite suitable to the allegory) bursts out in several scenes to mock and frighten the virtues. The devil cannot sing, of course, so he shouts. This will disturb the casual listener expecting nothing but soothing sounds. It is historically appropriate but not necessarily everyone's cup of tea.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Economist on September 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum is a piece of genius. When it was written in the 12th century it was centuries ahead of its time and perhaps in some respect still is. Sequentia's interpretation matches the geniality of this music. The devil's intrusions are an invention without parallel. In the medieval mind, music was heavenly, meaning that the devil could not sing and could not be presented as vocal role. Instead, the devil can only grunt and shout unable to hide his true nature when faced by the virtues. This piece is certainly nothing for background listeners of medieval music.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BaldJean on March 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Scott Graham seems to have missed the point of the "hog calling". To put it in is not stupidity on the producer's side, it is just following the instructions of Hildegard. You can't expect the devil to have a pleasant voice, at least not according to medieval belief. This is not music you are supposed to fall asleep to. Sequentia does an excellent interpretation. Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to this album on and off for months now, and keep coming back to it. It is a great recording of one of the earliest pieces of combined chant and instrumental music still in existence, composed in around 1150. It is a surprisingly long morality play -- again, one of the earliest extant examples of this genre as well -- taking up two CDs.

It tells the story of Anima -- a pure soul (pure in the sense of not yet existing in physical form). Anima wants to skip life and just go straight to heaven. But the Virtues -- a choir of 17 female voices representing Humility, Hope, Innocence, Chastity, Contempt of the World, Celestial Love, Modesty, Mercy, Victory, Discipline, Discretion, Patience, Knowledge of God, Charity, Fear of God, Obedience and Faith -- tell her that's not how it works. So she enters earthly existence and is tempted by the devil, who appears throughout the story as a shouting (not singing or speaking) male voice, injecting a bit of earthly ugliness into the otherwise divine-sounding music.

The Virtues spend quite a bit of time describing themselves, with the devil adding insults and jibes along the way. Finally Anima returns repentant of all the bad stuff the devil tempted her into. The Virtues tie up the devil, taking him out of the picture. And all proceed happily on their way.

Some have complained of the ugliness of the devil's shouting, but it is important to the storyline. Actually I found it pretty humorous that the devil shouts in Latin with such a strong German accent. But once I thought about it, this is probably pretty accurate -- I imagine whatever monk originally performed this piece with Hildegard von Bingen and her convent crew had a German accent too.
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