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Hildegard von Bingen: Canticles of Ecstasy

Hildegard von Bingen, Sequentia Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Sequentia
  • Conductor: Barbara Thornton
  • Composer: Abbess Hildegard of Bingen
  • Audio CD (4 Feb 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B000001TYF
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. O vis aeternitatisSequentia 7:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Nunc aperuit nobisSequentia;Barbara Thornton 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Quia ergo femina mortem instruxitJanet Youngdahl 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cum processit factura digiti DeiJanet Youngdahl 6:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Alma Redemptoris MaterSequentia 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ave Maria, O auctrix viteHeather Knutson 8:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Spiritus Sanctus vivificans vitePamela Dellal 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. O ignis spiritus ParaclitiSusanne Norin 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Caritas habundat in omniaSequentia 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. O virga mediatrixLaurie Monahan;Sequentia;Barbara Thornton 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. O viridissima virga, AveSequentia 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. InstrumentalstückSequentia 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. O Pastor AnimarumElizabeth Glen 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. O tu suavissima virgaSusanne Norin11:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. O choruscans stellarumBarbara Thornton 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. O nobilissima viriditasGundula Anders;Elizabeth Glen 6:47£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Although Hildegard von Bingen's music has been around for 900 years--and recordings of her music for decades--it seems that only now, as we approach the turn of another millennium, the time is right for the world to pay attention. In this first-rate traversal of her music--the most popular of several volumes released by the early-music ensemble Sequentia--we hear music that resulted from Hildegard's legendary visions, which often included song texts that she subsequently collected and dispensed to her religious community of women. As rendered here by the voices and instruments of Sequentia, her music invokes an unobscured sense of mystery, conforming to Hildegard's belief that music was our bridge to the harmonies of the heavens. Whether or not we're experiencing that "heavenly harmony" here, the simple, direct, beautifully turned melodies, sung by pure, finely tuned, warm-coloured women's voices, often eerily accompanied by an instrumental drone, is heavenly enough. --David Vernier

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96 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Christian Mysticism committed to CD 15 Dec 2001
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I first heard this on the radio, and one track in particular - "O Virga Mediatrix" sung with harp accompaniment, performed by Laurie Monahan. I had studied Sacred Vocal music for 'A'level, with particular attention to the mediaeval period but had heard nothing like this before. A delicate beauty and a profound peace seemed to accompany this track. It has a greater breadth in terms of "soul-feel" to male Gregorian chanting. I bought this album and have never been disappointed. Sequentia capture successfully Hildegard's mystical approach to her beloved God. The music is more than just a text setting as Hildegard attempted (successfully in my opinion) to try and capture, quite literally, the heavenly harmony of the spheres. It is not surprising that Sequentia have won a barrel full of awards for their interpretation of von Bingen's hitherto neglected works of beauty. I would say out of the Sequentia albums I possess of her work, this album is the triumph of this German mystic's "ecstasy".
The other tracks show Hildegard's ability to get inside the meaning of the texts to present them in ways which are not just understood by the ear but also instinctively by the soul. For those who feel a particular connection to Mary, this album is full of pieces honouring her, but not in the distant, side-lined cliche of dogma we have come to experience down the centuries. Rather, by using Mary, Hildegard had no fear of reaching out to touch the female principle of the heavens and then to bring that down to earth under the name of the mother and maiden Mary. An interesting insight, particularly as male interpretation of Mary as a figure is quite different. This is a woman's approach to the work of a woman and finds the female mystical spirit in that, and then commits it to music. And all this from a woman who entered convent life at the age of 9 !!
This is a fine CD and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luscious 31 Aug 2007
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From the first soul stroking notes of 'O vis aternitatis' there is no doubting the intensity of feeling to be found in both the music and performance.

Recorded over a decade ago, this Sequentia c.d. remains not only the best introduction to the music of Hidegard von Bingen available, but also amongst the finest recordings of mediaeval church music ever made.

All the voices are female and maintain an individual clarity which is distinguishable even when singing in chorus - and in a marvellously atmospheric church acoustic. The voices are sometimes supported by instruments giving a vaguely resonant effect as if the crystal spheres themselves were ringing.

If this sounds as though there is a touch of the `Mystic-Meg' about all this - there is: Hildegard was attempting to capture in sound the ecstatic experience of, in the final words of the recording, `the embraces of the divine mysteries'.

Sequentia have not attempted to reproduce an historically accurate performance: As Ken Clark pointed out in the BBC Series, Civilisation, we `moderns' can never think or feel or believe as the medieval mind did. Instead, we get an intelligent and very accessible programme of pieces which allow us a glimpse into the mind of a woman attempting to reach beyond the stars to `the power of eternity'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, haunting monastery music 3 July 2009
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It is astounding to think that this music was composed in the early 12th century, by a nun/abbess/herbalist/healer/spiritual guide and public speaker. Hildegard was enclosed with another nun at the age of about twelve years old and began to learn about music in the anchorage built around her. She listened to mass through the walls of the adjoining monastery, learnt to play the psaltery in order to pray, and became a composer - the first we have a biography for. She was an amazing woman, transcending the boundaries placed on her as an anchorite, a nun, a woman at this point in history. The music is calming and inspiring; very beautiful. Learn about Hildegard and you will appreciate it even more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canticles of Ecstacy 15 May 2011
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I find Cnicles of Ecstasy more beutiful than A Feather On The Breath Of God,which I also love,if you have a calm quiet place to listen undisturbed, you are transported. Its the last thing I hear at night as I drift off to sleep, WONDERFUL
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