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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0091HVMKU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Hildegard of Bingen was a German writer, composer and philosopher. Born in the late 11th century she was widely regarded as a visionary in the arts world, writing a series of texts, plays and music which have been the subject of renewed interest in recent years. Having been referred to as saintly by numerous popes throughout the ages, Hildegard was officially canonised on the 7th October 2012. She is the first ever composer to be made a saint.

The album is a joint collaboration between old school friends, Guy Sigsworth and Stevie Wishart. Having studied medieval music together at a young age, they went on to go down very different musical paths. Stevie went on to become an academic in medieval music, specialising in Hildegard and the hurdy gurdy. Guy became a music producer working with renowned artists such as Bjork, Madonna and Britney Spears, as well as continuing to write his own original compositions.

The collaborative force behind this project therefore ensures that Hildegard isn t a straightforward medieval recording. As well as original pieces by Hildegard, the album also features new compositions by Stevie Wishart incorporating text written by Hildegard and pieces by Guy Sigsworth, who reworks Hildegard samples to create ambient remixes.

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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2012
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Having thoroughly enjoyed and loved Stevie Wishart & Sinfonye's earlier three volume series of the complete (sic) Hildegard von Bingen (The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol.1, The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol.2, The Complete Hildegard Von Bingen Vol.3), this new release by Ms Wishart - opportunely timed to coincide with Pope Benny XVI's elevation of Hildegard to the status of Doctor of the Church - was an immediate purchase when I stumbled across it by accident. At the time there were no MP3 samples available to listen to, so I was buying it blind. My heart sank somewhat on receiving the disc and reading on the back of the case "fusing medieval music of Hildegard with electronic sounds and remixes".

It should also be understood that this is, to quote the back cover again, a "creative re-imagining of a choral evensong", that is, a Vespers service, so that not all the music is Hildegard; there are also some standard liturgical pieces alongside plus a couple of completely new compositions with lyrics created using vocabulary from Hildegard's "lingua ignota" constructed language. Since the vocal credits listed included the same names as the aforementioned earlier series of discs going back to 1999, I did wonder whether this involved some remixing those old recordings rather than all new vocals, but the information does specify only 2012 in the listed recording dates, though despite this I reckon it probably is remixes.
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I sense that Hildegaard's music here is arranged by an academic who knows her stuff.
The arrangements only once or twice, for a few bars, stray into contemporary jazz-like idioms, but for the most part manage to transport us back to the 11th C., and frequently manage to express the ecstatic mystery which inspired Hildegaard. Sometimes the singing is at the very limits of "do-able" for the performers, but somehow this makes the whole listening experience more real and conveys the fun. I suspect the original nuns were not half as competent as these singers. I have had a couple of CDs of Hildegaard von Bingen's work which were travesties. This in not. Overall, this is a great CD with one or two transcendent jewels making it well worth having.
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I wanted this as a friend plays on it and had played me an excerpt; the whole thing is absolutely beautiful, and I'm so glad I came across it. The voices are superb, the instruments used work brilliantly, and the overall effect is quite breathtaking at points. I love it.
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Wonderful harmonies and really unusual modern 'percussive' arrangement on some pieces. hILDEGARD WAS OBVIOUSLY A WOMAN BEFORE HER TIME!! aMAZING
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A lovely CD, a slightly modernised form of medieval music. Which makes it relaxing to listen to, and also enjoyable to listen to whilst driving.
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