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Voices of Angels: Music of Hildegard von Bingen

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To the Hildegard canon we must enthusiastically add this first-class recording, an absorbing collection of chants that highlights the exceptional work of the legendary Abbess. Beginning with a lengthy solo hymn of praise to Mary, the program features some of Hildegard's most beautiful melodies and most compelling poetry. Included are hymns to the martyr St. Ursula, an eloquent tribute to the Holy Spirit, and a song about Eve, the "woman who brought sin to the world," contrasted with Mary, "the woman who brought healing." Performances by the women of the critically acclaimed Voices of Ascension choir are notable for their purity of tone, unity of phrasing and intonation, and sensitivity to even the most subtle inflection and dynamic shadings. --David Vernier


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Voices of Ascension
  • Conductor: Dennis Keene
  • Composer: Hildegard von Bingen
  • Audio CD (September 30, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delos
  • ASIN: B000000713
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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.

This recording was done to be released in 1998, the 900th birthday of Hildegard - that her music continues to be performed, and continues to inspire generations of listeners religious and not is a remarkable feat for any composer of any age.

The Voices of Ascension, under the direction of Dennis Keene, opted for this recording to feature only female voices. The soprano group includes Margery Daley, Michele Eaton, Eileen Clark Reisner, Ellen Taylor Sisson, Arlene Travis, and Alessandra Visconti. The alto group includes Margery Daley, Megan Friar, Denise Kelly, Alexandra Montano, Esther Mullens, Liz Norman, and Ellen Taylor Sisson. Montano, Eaton and Visconti are featured soloists on certain tracks, along with Kathy Theil.

The recording includes hymns to St. Ursula (one of the special subjects of devotion of Hildegard - look for the Anonymous 4 recording of the works in honour of St. Ursula), hymns to the Holy Spirit, and pieces for liturgical and office singing.

For this performance, the Voices of Ascension singers have kept embellishments to a minimum, singing things in a more pure style. The result is an absolutely stunning musical style full of clarity and possessing a soaring spirit.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1998
Format: Audio CD
What lovliness! I am transported by the voices of these women to Hildegaard's abbey. The poetry of these chants should not be overlooked either. Read the liner notes and get the translations. They are gorgeous.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stilwell on September 1, 2008
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I adore Hildegard! She is one of the few women in music history that made such a consistent line of compositions through her life. In addition, she was a champion for women in the church, going against the authorities in order to make life better for women.

And on top of that, her music is wonderfully expressive and beyond the limitations intended to remain on music in her day. This album beautifully represents her ideas, taking the tone suitable for singing early music. The acoustical setting in which the pieces were recorded obviously takes into consideration the fact that these pieces would have been performed in a church or monastery.

If you only own one early music CD, this would be a great pick!
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By Marilynn Hughes on August 11, 2014
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WOW! Is all I can say. I love this CD, I feel like I am in heaven when I am listening to it.
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