Hildegard von Bingen: A Feather on the Breath of God Import
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Since it's release, many other performers and record companies have attempted to match the success of the Hildegard phenonmenon started off by "A Feather on the Breath of God." Some of the results are quite good. Still, there is no better introduction to Hildegard than on this recording, and it is not likely that a better version will ever be produced.
If I have one complaint about this disc, it's that there's only 44 minutes of music on it- then again, it was first released as an LP so it was naturally short.
This disc truly is the finest recording of Hildegard's music ever made. Put it on and you will lose yourself in a beautiful sound world from which it is hard to want to return.
The performances here are pure and unadorned -- much, we must believe, as they would have been in Hildegard's day, hundreds of years ago. Through the music and other writings of this amazing woman, we can see how a human soul is an earthly lens through which the love of God can be focused, and how that love can animate a human life.
I find myself listening to this recording at various levels and in assorted situations. It can be low-level, in the background, while I'm reading or sleeping -- or it can be more at the conscious level, worthy of my full attention. Either way, or in between, it's gorgeous -- the performances and the recording are of the highest level of talent and clarity. Listen and be moved.
Granted the 800 year anniversary of Hildegarde's birthday has brought about a trendy interest in her musical works. But I have been fascinated with her historical accomplishments for over 10 years, and this CD reminded why... her inner magic for peace, serenity, and well being. Listen to this collection once and you'll see what I mean.
Hildegarde once wrote that she felt she was one of God's favorite tools, and that her music was her tacticum of ultimatum. This was meant to say that if God couldnt reach a person through the everyday practices of the church, then music was the last fail-proof resort. I think this recording captured that, and even if you dont listen to this for any sort of religious purpose, your spirit will be moved nonetheless and in whatever direction you so desire.
Funnily enough, I do not particularly like Gothic Voices, but there is something in this album that clicks for them and they surpass themselves.
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Let me (I hope) add something to the 58 previous reviews, by quoting part of the liner notes, just to provide the basic info about WHAT exactly is sung here, and HOW it is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Discophage
This is a beautiful collection of songs.
It is important to understand what this product is.
This is a collection of classical, chorale style works. Read more
In her own words, she regards her music, lyrics, compositions, and writings as "A Feather on the Breath of God. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jillygal
It's Hildegard, what can I say. Beautiful, and an excellent recording.Published 15 months ago by Marilynn Hughes
This album took me back to the sixties in the high school convent academy of chanting and devotion. The story of St. Read morePublished 15 months ago by janet