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HILDEGARD VON BINGEN: Celestial Harmonies - Responsories and Antiphons (Oxford Camerata)

Composer(s):Hildegard of Bingen,
Artist(s) Oxford Camerata, Choir • Summerly, Jeremy, Conductor
Period(s) Medieval
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred • Vocal Ensemble
Catalogue 8.557983
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Now enjoying cult status since her ‘re-discovery’ 25 years ago, Hildegard von Bingen, the tenth child of an aristocratic family, entered a convent at the age of eight and spent the remainder of her eighty years as a nun as well as a mystic, the latter half as abbess of her own convent. Hildegard’s great musico-poetic collection was completed around the year 1150. Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum (Symphony of the Harmony of Heavenly Revelations) is a collection of 77 songs and one music drama. The subjects of these songs are an idiosyncratic collection of individuals and groups – the pieces included on this recording are variously addressed to the Creator, the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St John the Evangelist, Apostles,

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,May 2008

When the music of Hildegard von Bingen was rediscovered twenty-five years ago, she was marketed as a nun living her life locked away from the outside world.Yet she was immensely gifted in the art of music, creating this collection known as the Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum. Now we have come to realise that she came from an aristocratic family and for much of the time she was an Abbess who surrounded herself with women from a similar background, the group living a peaceful life of relative luxury. Her collection was made from 77 songs and one music drama, and again with greater exposure we are learning that she wrote in a very styalised fashion. Put all of that behind us and this disc continues to weave its magic spell of ethereal repose. Eight works have

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