Hildegard von Bingen: Canticles of Ecstasy

Hildegard von Bingen: Canticles of Ecstasy

by Sequentia, SequentiaSequentia


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It may seem odd to call the medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen a Renaissance woman, though the description certainly fits. Hildegard (1098-1179) was the abbess of a convent on the bank of the Rhine River in Germany. She wrote religious poems, plays, and treatises on theology, natural history, and medicine. She corresponded with Popes, emperors, and powerful clerics. She was also a composer of remarkable originality whose ecstatic, swooping chants are unlike any other music written in that time. Sequentia, an eminent early music ensemble, has a passion for Hildegard's music; they've undertaken the first complete recording of her work, of which Cantacles of Ecstasy was the third installment. Sung as they might have been in Hildegard's convent, accompanied by the simple drone of a fiddle, and the ethereal pluck of a medieval harp, these rapturous performances evoke the exotic atmosphere of a distant era.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/1994
Label: Rca
UPC: 0054727732027
catalogNumber: 77320
Rank: 28159

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sequentia   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Gundula Anders   Vocals,Ensemble
Janet Youngdahl   Fiddle,Vocals,Ensemble
Marian Antiphon   Ensemble
Benjamin Bagby   Track Performer,Medieval Harp
Elisabetta de Mircovich   Fiddle
Pamela Dellal   Vocals
Elizabeth Gaver   Fiddle,Medieval Fiddle
Elizabeth Glen   Vocals,Ensemble
Heather Knutson   Fiddle,Vocals,Ensemble
Laurie Monahan   Fiddle,Vocals,Ensemble
Susanne Norin   Vocals,Ensemble
Barbara Thornton   Vocals,Track Performer
Elisabetta de Mircovich   Medieval Fiddle
Lena Susanne Norin   Vocals
Sequentia   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Hildegard von Bingen   Lyricist
Franz Schubert   Composer
John Henry   Artwork
Benjamin Bagby   Arranger
Elizabeth Gaver   Arranger
Klaus L. Neumann   Producer
Barbara Thornton   Director,Liner Notes
Jan Hofermann   Executive Producer

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