Hildegard: Marienlieder / Ensemble Mediatrix

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HILDEGARD OF BINGEN Ave Maria o auctrix. O clarissima. O splendidissima. Hodie aperuit. Quia ergo femina. Cum processit. Cum erubuerint. O frondens virga. O quam magnum. Ave generosa. O virga ac diadema. O tu suavissima virga Johannes Berchmans Göschl, dir; Ens Mediatrix PROFIL PH10011H (55:19)

This first appeared as Calig CAL 50982 ( Fanfare 21:1), where notes, texts, and translations were printed in addition to the simple track list that remains here. The dozen selections are all dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and sung from the Dendermonde codex, the earlier and less complete but more authoritative manuscript of Hildegard’s collected works. The choice has some significance for O frondens virga , included here, one of the two pieces not found in the more complete Wiesbaden codex, perhaps compiled after her death. It also concerns Hodie aperuit , which appears in the later source as Nunc aperuit . Barbara Newman adopts the earlier text in her critical edition, and only Sequentia has recorded the later version. This remains one of the best programs of Hildegard’s music if her works are regarded as liturgical compositions for a convent chapel. Several discs have been made by the nuns of Hildegard’s own restored convent of Eibingen, including two directed by Göschl (21:3). The 11 women who make up this ensemble unite their professional training to the liturgical insight of the director to produce an ideal realization of Hildegard’s works, sung a cappella , alternating with five selections sung solo. The virtuoso singing maintains a lively tempo that sustains the elaborate melismas characteristic of Hildegard’s writing. The five solo pieces have all been recorded by other solo voices, but the concluding O tu suavissima virga , the longest selection on the disc, has been recorded only by Sequentia. Except for the missing print material, this remains a fine offering.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber

Product Description:

  • Release Date: May 25, 2010

  • UPC: 881488100112

  • Catalog Number: PH10011

  • Label: Hänssler & Profil

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Hildegard of Bingen

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Mediatrix