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
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!