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Voice Of The Blood - Hildegard Von Bingen / Sequentia


Release Date: 12/05/1995 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77346   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hildegard of BingenElizabeth Gaver
Performer:  Lydia Heather KnutsonJoachim KühnElizabeth GaverGundula Anders,   ... 
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

VOICE OF THE BLOOD is so named because the texts of Hildegard of Bingen's songs performed here refer often to the spilled blood of St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins. Sequentia wonderfully presents Hildegard's monophonic "song cycle" here in the order she probably intended.
Ursula lived in the 4th Century, but at the time Hildegard lived (12th Century) her tale of divine virginity inspired renewed interest in her cult, mainly through the supposed discovery of her bones and the visions of her received by Elisabeth of Schönau.
Ursula was promised to a pagan English prince, but was saved from this marriage by an angelic order to make a pilgrimage to Rome. She was accompanied by 11 noblewomen (which over time was inflated to 11,000). On
Read more their way back her group was killed in Cologne by Attila the Hun (not historically viable, but such is folklore).
Hildegard, a highly spiritual woman who herself received divine messages (the last song on this release contains words she created to depict the indescribable things she saw and heard), obviously knew, loved and related to Ursula's story. Thanks, Sequentia, for bringing this savory piece of history to life! Read less

Works on This Recording

1. O rubor sanguinis by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Lydia Heather Knutson (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Favus distillans Ursula "Lauds of Saint Ursula" by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Joachim Kühn (Symphony), Elizabeth Gaver (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Laus Trinitati by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Gundula Anders (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. O ecclesia oculi tui by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Barbara Thornton (Voice)
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. O viridissima virga, Ave by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Barbara Thornton (Portative organ), Elizabeth Gaver (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Elizabeth Gaver 
6. O eterne Deus by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Janet Youngdahl (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. O dulcissime amator by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Pamela Dellal (Voice), Nancy Mayer (Voice), Lucia Pahn (Voice),
Coñsuelo Sanudo (Voice)
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8. Rex noster promptus est by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Lucia Pahn (Voice), Joachim Kühn (Organistrum)
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9. O cruor sanguinis by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Carol Schlaikjer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. Cum vox sanguinis by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Instrumental Piece by Elizabeth Gaver
Performer:  Barbara Thornton (Portative organ), Elizabeth Gaver (Fiddle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is based on compositions by Hildegard von Bingen. 
12. O virgo ecclesia by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Joachim Kühn (Organistrum)
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. Nunc gaudiant materna by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Janet Youngdahl (Voice), Gundula Anders (Voice), Carol Schlaikjer (Voice),
Elizabeth Glen (Voice)
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14. O orzchis ecclesia by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15. In matutinis laudibus by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Carol Schlaikjer (Voice), Elizabeth Glen (Voice), Pamela Dellal (Voice)
Conductor:  Barbara Thornton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

O rubor sanguinis
Favius distillans
Laus Trinitati
In Matutinis Laudibus
O Ecclesia
Instrumental Piece
O aeterne Deus
O dulcissime amator
Rex noster promptus est
O cruor sanguinis
Cum vox sanguinis
Instrumental Piece
O virgo Eccelsia
Nunc gaudeant materna
O orzchis Ecclesia

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