Illumination - Hildegard Von Bingen / Richard Souther

Release Date: 3/11/1997
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: SK62853
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cello
Number of Discs: 1

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CD
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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 effect.
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.
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
2. O ignis spiritus Paracliti by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer: Richard Souther (Keyboard), Scott Frankfurt (Drums), Germaine Fritz (Voice), Nóirín Ní Riain (Voice), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Katie McMahon (Voice), Scott Frankfurt (Djembe)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cello
Period: Medieval
Written: 12th Century ; Germany
3. Tree of Wonders by Richard Souther
Performer: Germaine Fritz (Voice), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Nóirín Ní Riain (Voice), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Katie McMahon (Voice), Richard Souther (Keyboard)
Period: 20th Century
4. O rubor sanguinis by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer: Germaine Fritz (Voice), Germaine Fritz (Spoken Vocals), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Katie McMahon (Voice), Richard Souther (Keyboard), Maria Kitsopoulos (Cello)
Period: Medieval
Written: 12th Century ; Germany
5. Solitude by Richard Souther
Performer: Richard Souther (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
6. The Angels by Richard Souther
Performer: Germaine Fritz (Voice), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Richard Souther (Keyboard)
Period: 20th Century
7. Illumination by Richard Souther
Performer: Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Richard Souther (Keyboard), Richard Souther (Cimbalom), Davy Spillane (Bagpipe)
Period: 20th Century
8. O ignee Spiritus by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer: Davy Spillane (Whistle), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Nóirín Ní Riain (Voice), Richard Souther (Keyboard), Maria Kitsopoulos (Cello), Nóirín Ní Riain (Harmonium)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cello
Period: Medieval
Written: 12th Century ; Germany
9. Spirit of God by Richard Souther
Performer: Richard Souther (Piano), Nick Kitsopoulos (Voice), Erik Zobler (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cello
Period: 20th Century
10. O lucidissima apostolorum turba by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer: Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Germaine Fritz (Voice), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Richard Souther (Keyboard)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cello
Period: Medieval
Written: 12th Century ; Germany
11. Word of Light by Richard Souther
Performer: Maureen McDermott (Cello), Richard Souther (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
12. Worship by Richard Souther
Performer: Richard Souther (Keyboard), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Davy Spillane (Bagpipe)
Period: 20th Century
13. O virgo ecclesia by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer: Richard Souther (Keyboard), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Germaine Fritz (Voice), Maria Kitsopoulos (Cello), Caryl Paisner (Cello), Davy Spillane (Bagpipe)
Period: Medieval
Written: 12th Century ; Germany
14. In the Sanctuary by Richard Souther
Performer: Richard Souther (Keyboard), Laura Bontrager (Cello), Richard Souther (Synthesizer), Katie McMahon (Voice), Nóirín Ní Riain (Voice), Davy Spillane (Whistle), Nóirín Ní Riain (Surpeti Box), Richard Souther (Cimbalom), Davy Spillane (Bagpipe)
Period: 20th Century
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