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Hildegard von Bingen: Saints

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This two-disc set completes Sequentia's ambitious project to record the complete musical works of Abbess Hildegard von Bingen to commemorate the 900th anniversary of her birth in 1098. In this last release, Sequentia finally takes on some of the most recognizable pieces from "A Feather on the Breath of God," the legendary recording by Gothic Voices that began the Hildegard boom 15 years ago. While you can't say that the older recording has been superseded, this one holds its own quite nicely. Where Gothic Voices took a no-nonsense approach to rhythm, making all notes more-or-less equal in length, Sequentia sings with its typical rhythmic freedom--without slipping into the rhapsodic excess that sometimes marred their earlier Hildegard discs; the momentum and shape of melody are always clear. Speaking of rhapsody, Sequentia's co-director Barbara Thornton opens the recording with a transporting rendition of a Hildegard hymn to "God the Father." --Matthew Westphal
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • ASIN: B000009TJZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on February 19, 2002
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My first introduction to Sequentia's versions of Hildegard was Canticles of Ecstacy, which still best defines musically, for me, the soaring visions and mysticism of Hildegard. Much of this sense is to be credited to the female voices of Sequentia, not only exceptional in quality but specifically not "sweet" or self-conscious or hovering toward modern, as in other ensembles (e.g., Gothic Voices or Anonymous 4). Beautiful as these latter voices are, one can take exception to the "angelic" label if one remembers that medievals saw angels as both terrifying and beatiful, and Sequentia evokes the awe and strength of angelic sounds like no one else (to my knowledge) recording Hildegard. Happily, the female voices in Saints are as soaring, challenging and beautiful as ever.
Though entirely correct historical scholarship, Saints has more male voices than female (separate, of course); the men's ensemble, called Sons of Thunder, is as strong and persuasive as any male performers of medieval vocal, and parallel the women's voices in removing any trace of self-consciousness. But while they are excellent, the male tones will be reminiscent of traditional Gregoran chant, of ecclesiastical music, not quite capturing the soaring mysticism of the female voices. Perhaps this is "built-in" to the two voices and their personalities. But I, for one, prefer the female voices, especially when Saints is meditative music for non-active listening.
Instrumental interludes, composed by a Sequentia member, are refreshingly authentic and quite welcome in the progress of the discs. They are carefully crafted to the sense of Hildegard's compositions and another reason why Sequentia's versions are unsurpassed.
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What a richly, austerely beautiful voice was that of Barbara Thornton! Robert Aubry Davis in his Millennium of Music "Tribute to Barbara Thornton" compares its colors to "old roses" and "the wine-dark sea"; it was the "voice of the blood" itself.

This 2-disc recording opens with a rare solo by Barbara Thornton, "O magne pater," and this recording, like all of Sequentia's inclusive Hildegard von Bingen series, was inspired by her lifelong devotion to the works of the great medieval composer, possibly the greatest female composer in history. Sequentia's performances and recordings of the works of Hildegard were largely responsible for bringing her music back into prominence in the 20th century, and re-establishing her place in music history.

The saints honored in this recording are Boniface, Disibodus, Maximinus, Ursula, Matthew, and Eucharius, all inspirational to Hildegard and important in her spiritual life. After the solo, the singing on this recording is divided between the women of Sequentia and the men of Sons of Thunder, along with a few newly composed instrumental pieces in the spirit of the 12th century. Like all of Sequentia's Hildegard recordings, it is essential for medievalists, feminists, and anyone with a yearning for the spiritual.
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Mystical and etheral, this music has become my favorite during quiet meditation or contemplation. It seems to speak directly to that part of us which strives to transend the static of physical existence, and longs to know the infinite.
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This CD, although sealed when received, had a DEEP cut in the packaging as if it was from a saw. I ordered it as a gift but could not give it in that condition.
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