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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 a Saint by numerous popes throughout the ages, Hildergard will officially be made a Saint on the 7th October 2012. She will be the first ever composer to be canonised.
The album is a joint collaboration between old school friends, Guy Sigsworth and Stevie Wishart, who have reunited for the first time to record this album. 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 just a straightforward medieval recording. As well as original pieces by Hildegard, the album also features new compositions by Stevie incorporating text written by Hildegard and pieces by Guy, who reworks Hildegard samples to create stunning, ambient remixes.
The music of Hildegard is no stranger to being sampled in contemporary music. The 1989 hit ‘The Sun Rising’ by electronic duo The Beloved scored massive chart success and has become the ambient soundtrack to many summers since.
“It might not be to purists’ taste, but the disc evokes hypnotic atmosphere...Reverb gives the impression of an ecclesiastical setting (though the programme was recorded in London’s Henry Wood Hall), and the 21st-century adaptations broaden the context while embracing the mystical milieu of Hildegard’s own music.” The Telegraph, 26th October 2012 *****
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Naked Byrd Two
This recording is compiled from the Armonico Consort’s Naked Byrd programmes, featuring music by composers who wore their hearts on their sleeves, and whose art saw their emotions laid bare, in an atmospheric concert where magical musical moments are intertwined with sublime passages of plainchant and violin improvisation. It follows on from their first volume in December 2009. Armonico Consort is, at its heart, a highly talented vocal ensemble that stages a wide variety of concerts.
“The choral blend and recorded balance are of demonstration quality. The music has a predominantly slow harmonic pulse, where vocal lines can float, suspensions can melt and the listener can relax and marvel at the singers' superb breath control and rock-steady intonation...[a] disc of unending delight” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011
“Armonica Consort is a very capable choir, clearly responsive to its conductor's urgings and producing a lovely sound which does not need the heavy layers of resonance to enhance it.” International Record Review, March 2011
“perhaps most moving of all is the "Agnus Dei" section of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, re-scored by the composer for eight-part harmonies.” The Independent, 28th January 2011 *****
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Hildegard von Bingen: Ave Generosa
Marianne G. Nielsen (soprano), Agnethe Christensen (alto), Alba, Poul Høxbro (flute)
Vokalensemble Con Fuoco & Soloists, Copenhagen Academy Orchestra & Choir, Nenia Zenana
The Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen was a major figure in medieval Germany, a charismatic polymath as well as being a composer, mystic, authoress, prophetess, scientist, philosopher, theologian, and healer. Among her extant writings are about 80 liturgical pieces, several of which are presented on this 2-CD set. The music is performed by specialist singers accompanied by authentic period instruments, including the ensemble “Alba” directed by Poul Høxbro, the vocal ensemble “Con Fuoco” and the Copenhagen university chorus and orchestra under its conductor Nenia Zenana.
Elected a magistra by her fellow nuns in 1136, Hildeagrd von Bingen founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165. One of her works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama and arguably the oldest surviving morality play. Her hymns have come down to us in two collections which she entitled “Symphonia harmoniae caelestium revelationem” (Symphony of the harmony of heavenly revelations). These highly individual and complex pieces with their distinctly meditative character, along with the spiritual and medical writings of this “Sister of Wisdom”, have enjoyed a major renaissance since the 1980s.
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Hildegard von Bingen: Inspiration
Lieder & Visionen
Michael Popp (conductor and various instruments)
Much has been written about the music of Hildegard von Bingen over the last few decades due to the mysterious uniqueness of her compositions which make her songs stand out.
VocaMe is an ensemble made up of four renowned female vocalists who are specialists in their fields, here performing a selection of von Bingen’s works entitled Songs and Visions.
“Beautifully sung and emerging from a halo of sweet resonance, the vocal music is given contrast through the accompaniment of various drones and other medieval sounding instruments.” MusicWeb International, 19th April 2013
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Wings of Wisdom
Sacred Chants of Hildegard von Bingen and Medieval Scotland
and excerpts from the Inchcolm Antiphoner
William Taylor (harps and symphony)
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Hildegard von Bingen - Composer & Mystic
Ensemble for Early Music Augsburg
Hildegard of Bingen is one of the most important personalities in the religious life of the Middle Ages. In this recording, the Ensemble for Early Music Augsburg perform the hymns of Hlidegard alongside the music of her time, including a hymn by Peter Abelard and sacred songs from the manuscript of S.Martial in Limoges.
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The Complete Hildegard von Bingen, Vol. 2 - Aurora