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Hildegard Von Bingen: Celestial Hierarchy

Sequentia
Release Date: 07/02/2013 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 546864   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Lena Susanne NorinSabine LutzenbergerLydia BrothertonNorbert Rodenkirchen,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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HILDEGARD O splendidissima gemma. O dulcis electe. O speculum columbae. O spectabiles viri. O cohors militiae. O victoriosissime. Kyrie. O vos imitatores. O gloriosissimi. O vos angeli Benjamin Bagby, cond; Sequentia DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 8765468642 (71:44 Text and Translation)


After a long delay, the late Barbara Thornton’s desire to record the complete works of Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179) has been finished Read more by her ensemble. In addition to two versions of the morality play Ordo Virtutum (8:6 and 22:1), this ensemble has recorded all 77 symphoniae. The completion of this series after a delay of 16 years must be related to Hildegard’s elevation last fall to the distinction of a Doctor of the Church, which placed her feast day in the universal calendar, not just in four German dioceses and the Benedictine order. It also makes moot the question of her canonization, which occurred before Rome centralized a process which had formerly been a matter of local jurisdiction. With any luck, the existing boxed set of the previous recordings will be replaced by a more elegant one of the truly complete works; the series of nine CDs comprises a more impressive set than those of any other composer’s complete recordings before the 16th century (is Thomas Tallis on 10 CDs the next earliest one of such magnitude?).


While all 10 of the pieces on this disc have been recorded by others, only the Kyrie has more than five previous listings. The other nine antiphons on this disc are the last remaining pieces needed to complete the set. Eight of the nine—all but the Kyrie—form a partial set of antiphons and responsories related to her book Scivias , honoring groups of saints (angels, patriarchs, apostles, martyrs, confessors) and St. John the Evangelist. The list of Scivias antiphons and responsories already recorded includes virgins and a number of locally venerated saints. Two of the antiphons are sung to frame canticles, O splendidissima gemma with the Magnificat and O cohors militiae with the Benedictus. O splendidissima (not part of the Scivias series), was included in the first version of Ordo Virtutum , which is considered to have been replaced by the new version in counting Sequentia’s complete Hildegard, so it has been made again. But the remake of Ordo Virtutum must be included because three symphoniae were recorded by Sequentia only there.


Instruments are used in only three pieces (flute in two pieces, harp in one), indicative of Sequentia’s reduced use of instruments as this series progressed from beginning to end. There are some individual discs of Hildegard’s symphoniae, some without any instruments but only the first overburdened with them. When Sequentia uses instruments, they are discreet, usually just one instrument. But for a consistent presentation of the whole body of work, nothing else remotely compares. The seven women who sing either solo or in ensemble include some familiar names, but all preserve the vocalism that Barbara Thornton drew from her original singers. One of the most familiar, Sabine Lutzenberger, has just made a full CD of Hildegard for another label. Truly a lovely completion of an ambitious project.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1. O splendidissima gemma by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Lena Susanne Norin (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2. O dulcis electe by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Sabine Lutzenberger ()
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3. O speculum columbe, antiphon for St John the Evangelist by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Lydia Brotherton (), Norbert Rodenkirchen (Flute)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1140-1179 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4. O spectabiles viri by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Christine Mothes (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5. O cohors milicie floris virge by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Agnethe Christensen (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 13 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6. O victoriosissimi by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Benjamin Bagby (Harp), Lena Susanne Norin (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7. Kyrie eleison by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Esther Labourdette (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8. O vos imitatores by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Sabine Lutzenberger ()
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9. O gloriosissimi lux by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Elodie Mourot (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
10. O vos angeli by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Norbert Rodenkirchen (Flute), Lydia Brotherton (), Agnethe Christensen (Voice),
Sabine Lutzenberger (), Lena Susanne Norin (Voice)
Conductor:  Benjamin Bagby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequentia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, B 
Length: 8 Minutes 39 Secs. 

Sound Samples

O splendidissima gemma (Antiphon to Maria) (With canticum: Magnificat anima mea dominum (V fol. 154))
O dulcis electe (Responsory to St. John the Evangelist) ((V fol. 161v))
O speculum columbe (Antiphon to St. John the Evangelist) (With: Gloria patri (V fol. 161v))
O spectabiles viri (Antiphon to the Patriarchs and Prophets) ((V fol. 159v))
O cohors milicie floris (Antiphon to the Apostles) (With canticum: Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel (V fol. 160v))
O victoriosissimi triumphatores (Antiphon to the Martyrs) (With: Gloria patri (V fol. 163))
Kyrieleison ((R fol. 472v))
O vos imitatores excelse (Responsory to the Confessors) ((V fol. 163v))
O gloriosissimi lux (Antiphon to the Angels) ((V fol. 159))
O vos angeli (Responsory to the Angels) ((V fol. 159))

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