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O Jerusalem - Hildegard Von Bingen / Sequentia


Release Date: 05/20/1997 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 277353   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hildegard of BingenElizabeth Gaver
Performer:  Maria JonasDiane SeversonAllegra SilbigerGundula Anders,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording received a 1998 "Critic's Choice" award from Gramophone magazine.

"Sequentia’s ten high voices come into their own, interpreting Hildegard’s soaring melodies with imagination and verve. . . . [W]hat an enjoyable programme they have produced, sung with flow and conviction! The bells of Bamberg Cathedral introduce it all on a festive note, which matches their own to perfection, and if we do not actually find ourselves transported on to the Rupertsberg itself, we have at least got as far as St Panteleon of Cologne." -- Mary Berry, Gramophone

O JERUSALEM follows Hildegard's continued devotion to the Benedictine order, and principally to St. Rupert and the Virgin Mary. 'O Jerusalem'
Read more is not your standard liturgical music, however. It is a dedication ceremony, celebrating the establishment of Rupertsberg, a church to serve von Bingen's sisters in the Benedictine order. The composer's hard work for the church, along with her music and writings, are the only surviving testament to St. Rupert's life and works. The solemn majesty of the music is hard to miss: Slowly chiming church bells over a hauntingly beautiful chorus at the beginning of 'O Jerusalem' set the tone. Yet despite its seriousness, there is a joyful energy within. This sense pervades the piece, giving the music a buoyant quality within its medieval mode.
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Works on This Recording

1. O Jerusalem aure civitas by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Maria Jonas (Voice), Diane Severson (Voice), Allegra Silbiger (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: The bell sequence heard in this selection was recorded October 1996 in the Bamberg Cathedral. 
2. Quia felix pueritio by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Gundula Anders (Voice), Carol Schlaikjer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. O felix apparitio by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Elizabeth Glen (Voice), Lydia Heather Knutson (Voice), Coñsuelo Sanudo (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. O beatissime Ruperte by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Pamela Dellal (Voice), Nancy Mayer (Voice), Lucia Pahn (Voice),
Coñsuelo Sanudo (Voice), Barbara Thornton (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Instrumental Piece by Elizabeth Gaver
Performer:  Benjamin Bagby (Organistrum), Benjamin Bagby (Portative organ), Benjamin Bagby (Harp),
Elizabeth Gaver (Fiddle), Na'ama Lion (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is based on compositions by Hildegard von Bingen. 
6. Cum erubuerint infelices by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Pamela Dellal (Voice), Na'ama Lion (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. O frondens virga / Psalmus XLIV by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Coñsuelo Sanudo (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Ave generosa." 
8. Ave generosa by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Nancy Mayer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "O frondons virga". 
9. O quam pretiosa by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Elizabeth Gaver (Fiddle), Janet Youngdahl (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. O ignee Spiritus by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Instrumental Piece by Elizabeth Gaver
Performer:  Elizabeth Gaver (Rebec)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is based on compositions by Hildegard von Bingen. 
12. O quam magnum miraculum est by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Lydia Heather Knutson (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. O tu illustrata by Hildegard of Bingen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  St. Pantaleon, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

O Jerusalem
Quia felix puericia - Magnificat - Quia felix puericia
O felix apparicio
O beatissime Ruperte
Instrumental piece
O tu illustrata
Cum erubuerint
O frondens virga (Gloria Patri) - Ave generosa
O quam preciosa
O ignee spiritus
Instrumental piece
O quam magnam miraculum est

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