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The Troubador & The Nun - Hildegard Von Bingen, Dowland, Etc / Tubb, Et Al


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Etcetera Records   Catalog #: 1361   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hildegard of BingenAnonymousBernart de VentadornJohn Dowland,   ... 
Performer:  David HatcherMichael FieldsEvelyn Tubb
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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THE TROUBADOUR AND THE NUN Evelyn Tubb (sop); Michael Fields (hp); David Hatcher (vielle) (period instruments) ET’CETERA 1361 (79: 32 Text and Translation)


Music of GIRAUT DE BORNELH, HILDEGARD OF BINGEN, COMTESSA DA DIA, BERNART DE VENTADORN, DOWLAND, LANIER, HUME, KING, R. JOHNSON


The cover features the names of Hildegard and Dowland, while the color illustrations portray Hildegard and Walther von der Vogelweide (who is not Read more included in the program). The emphasis on Hildegard is no surprise, given the recording by these artists of her Ordo virtutum that surpasses all four other versions (21:3; DVD in 28:4), for it is the most straightforward presentation of the work, unencumbered by extraneous material. But here the focus is on the feminine mystery as applied equally to secular courtly love and veneration of the Virgin Mary, with examples running from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. Tubb’s expressive singing with artfully restrained accompaniment evokes the mood underlying both of these sentiments. In three chants of Hildegard, her rhapsodic approach (unaccompanied in the first two pieces) is a convincing alternative to the straightforward chanting heard from such groups as the nuns of Eibingen. A Chantar of Beatriz da Dia and Reis glorios of Giraut de Bornelh express the woman’s point of view in contrast to love songs more commonly addressed to the woman. The only instrumental interlude is the familiar Lamento di Tristano.


This generous program is delightful from beginning to end. The voice and instruments seem to float in space, the sound almost palpable. Fields writes an evocative note that springs from Goethe’s phrase, “the eternal feminine.” Like some other recent releases on various labels, this delightful disc had to wait five years to be issued. There must be an interesting story behind the recording session, held in an out-of-the-way church in Finland. While the contents are rather diverse, everything is done so well that no objection is needed. Give it your attention.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ave generosa by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  David Hatcher (Recorder), Michael Fields (Gothic Harp), David Hatcher (Viola da gamba),
David Hatcher (Vielle), Michael Fields (Lute), Michael Fields (Theorbo),
Evelyn Tubb (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
2.
O clarissima mater by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  David Hatcher (Vielle), David Hatcher (Recorder), David Hatcher (Viola da gamba),
Michael Fields (Theorbo), Michael Fields (Lute), Michael Fields (Gothic Harp),
Evelyn Tubb (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
3.
O viridissima virga, Ave by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Evelyn Tubb (Soprano), David Hatcher (Recorder), David Hatcher (Viola da gamba),
David Hatcher (Vielle), Michael Fields (Lute), Michael Fields (Gothic Harp),
Michael Fields (Theorbo)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
4.
Lamento di Tristano by Anonymous
Performer:  Evelyn Tubb (Soprano), David Hatcher (Vielle), David Hatcher (Viola da gamba),
David Hatcher (Recorder), Michael Fields (Lute), Michael Fields (Gothic Harp),
Michael Fields (Theorbo)
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1300 
5.
Quan vei la lauzeta mover by Bernart de Ventadorn
Performer:  David Hatcher (Viola da gamba), Michael Fields (Theorbo), Michael Fields (Gothic Harp),
Michael Fields (Lute), David Hatcher (Vielle), David Hatcher (Recorder),
Evelyn Tubb (Soprano)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 
6.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 2, Sweet stay a while by John Dowland
Performer:  David Hatcher (Vielle), Michael Fields (Theorbo), Michael Fields (Lute),
David Hatcher (Viola da gamba), Michael Fields (Gothic Harp), David Hatcher (Recorder),
Evelyn Tubb (Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
7.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 1, I saw my lady weepe by John Dowland
Performer:  Evelyn Tubb (Soprano), Michael Fields (Theorbo), David Hatcher (Viola da gamba),
David Hatcher (Recorder), David Hatcher (Vielle), Michael Fields (Gothic Harp),
Michael Fields (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; England 
8.
The first part of ayres: no 12, Death by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Michael Fields (Theorbo), David Hatcher (Viola da gamba), David Hatcher (Recorder),
Michael Fields (Lute), Michael Fields (Gothic Harp), Evelyn Tubb (Soprano),
David Hatcher (Vielle)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
9.
Mellancholy Galliard, P 25 by John Dowland
Performer:  David Hatcher (Viola da gamba), David Hatcher (Recorder), Michael Fields (Gothic Harp),
Michael Fields (Lute), David Hatcher (Vielle), Evelyn Tubb (Soprano),
Michael Fields (Theorbo)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
10.
Have you seen but a white lily grow? by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Michael Fields (Theorbo), Evelyn Tubb (Soprano), Michael Fields (Lute),
Michael Fields (Gothic Harp), David Hatcher (Viola da gamba), David Hatcher (Recorder),
David Hatcher (Vielle)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1616; England 

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