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Illumination - Hildegard Von Bingen / Richard Souther


Release Date: 03/11/1997 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 62853   Spars Code: DAD 
Composer:  Hildegard of BingenRichard Souther
Performer:  Germaine FritzDavy SpillaneRichard SoutherScott Frankfurt,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Selections recorded at SONY Studios in New York, Whitfield Street Studios in London, Glenstal Abbey in Ireland, Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, and at Bleach Bros. Music, Moose Camp Studios.
Conceived by the keyboardist and composer Richard Souther in "collaboration" with Hildegard of Bingen, 'Illumination' is a modern reworking of sacred music by the celebrated Benedictine Abbess from the 12th century.
Utilizing a gentle percussion background on some pieces and evocative washes of electronic sounds on others, Souther is accompanied by Cello, a quartet of cellists. Davy Spillane (whose talents also grace several movie soundtracks including 'Rob Roy' and 'Michael Collins') also performs on low whistles and Uillean pipes to great
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The ethereal vocals are provided by Sister Germaine Fritz, Katie McMahon (of 'Riverdance' fame) and the Gaelic soprano Noirin Ni Riain, who has a wide acquaintance with sacred music ranging from Gregorian chant to songs of the American Shakers.
While this recording may not be ideal for purists, it serves as a wonderful introduction for newcomers to Hildegard of Bingen as well as for the adventurous listener who finds intriguing the idea of mixing a late 20th century pop music style with a medieval sensibility. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Kyrie eleison by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Germaine Fritz (Voice), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Richard Souther (Synthesizer),
Richard Souther (Keyboard)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Richard Souther 
2.
O ignis spiritus Paracliti by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Scott Frankfurt (Drums), Germaine Fritz (Voice), Scott Frankfurt (Djembe),
Katie McMahon (Voice), Nóirín Ní Riain (Voice), Davy Spillane (Whistle),
Richard Souther (Keyboard), Richard Souther (Synthesizer)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Richard Souther 
3.
Tree of Wonders by Richard Souther
Performer:  Richard Souther (Keyboard), Germaine Fritz (Voice), Katie McMahon (Voice),
Nóirín Ní Riain (Voice), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Richard Souther (Synthesizer)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
O rubor sanguinis by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Maria Kitsopoulos (Cello), Richard Souther (Keyboard),
Germaine Fritz (Spoken Vocals), Germaine Fritz (Voice), Katie McMahon (Voice),
Davy Spillane (Whistle)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Richard Souther 
5.
Solitude by Richard Souther
Performer:  Richard Souther (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
The Angels by Richard Souther
Performer:  Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Germaine Fritz (Voice), Richard Souther (Keyboard)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Illumination by Richard Souther
Performer:  Davy Spillane (Bagpipe), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Richard Souther (Synthesizer),
Richard Souther (Keyboard), Richard Souther (Cimbalom)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
O ignee Spiritus by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Nóirín Ní Riain (Voice), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Richard Souther (Synthesizer),
Nóirín Ní Riain (Harmonium), Richard Souther (Keyboard), Maria Kitsopoulos (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Richard Souther 
9.
Spirit of God by Richard Souther
Performer:  Richard Souther (Piano), Nick Kitsopoulos (Voice), Erik Zobler (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
O lucidissima apostolorum turba by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Davy Spillane (Whistle), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Richard Souther (Keyboard),
Germaine Fritz (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Richard Souther 
11.
Word of Light by Richard Souther
Performer:  Maureen McDermott (Cello), Richard Souther (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
12.
Worship by Richard Souther
Performer:  Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Davy Spillane (Bagpipe), Richard Souther (Keyboard)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was written in collaboration with Davy Spillane. 
13.
O virgo ecclesia by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Richard Souther (Keyboard), Germaine Fritz (Voice), Maria Kitsopoulos (Cello),
Caryl Paisner (Cello), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Davy Spillane (Bagpipe)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Richard Souther 
14.
In the Sanctuary by Richard Souther
Performer:  Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Davy Spillane (Bagpipe), Richard Souther (Cimbalom),
Richard Souther (Keyboard), Nóirín Ní Riain (Surpeti Box), Nóirín Ní Riain (Voice),
Davy Spillane (Whistle), Katie McMahon (Voice), Laura Bontrager (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Kyrie (Voice)
The Fire of the Spirit /O ignis Spiritus Paracliti (Voice)
Tree Of Wonders (Voice)
Red River Falling /O rubor sanguinis (Voice)
Solitude (Instrumental)
The Angels (Voice)
Illumination (Instrumental)
Fiery Spirit /O ignee Spiritus (Voice)
Spirit of God /Spiritus sanctus (Voice)
Awaken the Dawn /Agnus enim immaculatus (Voice)
Word of Light (Instrumental)
Worship (Instrumental)
O Virgin Church /O virgin Ecclesia (Voice)
In The Sanctuary /Salve, Regina (Voice)

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