Hildegard von Bingen: Celestial Hierarchy - Antiphons and Responsories / Sequentia, Benjamin Bagby

Album Summary

>Hildegard of Bingen : De Sancta Maria
>Hildegard of Bingen : O dulcis electe
>Hildegard of Bingen : O speculum columbe, antiphon for St John the Evangelist
>Hildegard of Bingen : O spectabilis viri, antiphon for the prophets & patron saints
>Hildegard of Bingen : O cohors milicie floris virge
>Hildegard of Bingen : O victoriosissimi
>Hildegard of Bingen : Kyrie eleison
>Hildegard of Bingen : O vos imitatores
>Hildegard of Bingen : O gloriosissimi lux vivens, antiphon for the angels
>Hildegard of Bingen : O vos angeli, response for the Angels
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Canonized by Pope Benedict in May 2012, St. Hildegard von Bingen, abbess, visionary, healer, singer, poet and composer, left two precious manuscripts filled with spiritual songs. Starting in 1982, the acclaimed Medieval music ensemble, Sequentia, began the enormous project of recording all of her works. Celestial Hierarchy is the last of the recordings of von Bingen's music and is devoted to her hymns to the angels, patriarchs, prophets and the Virgin Mary. All of the songs on the album have been newlytranscribed for the album by Benjamin Bagby, who co-founded Sequentia in 1977 with Barbara Thornton.

Sequentia is one of the world's most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music. It is an international group of singers and instrumentalists, under the direction of legendary performer Benjamin Bagby, dedicated to the performance and recording of Western Eurpoean music from the period before 1300. Based on meticulous research and intensive rehearsal, Sequentia's virtuosic performances are compelling, surprising in their immediacy and strike the listener with a timeless emotional connection to our own past musical cultures.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2013
Her melodic lines hover, dip and glide like some supernaturally graceful bird, and those vertiginous swoops in pitch, executed to perfection by the seven-voice female choir, never fail to thrill.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2013
Bagby has assembled what is almost a roll call of Europe's finest singers for this kind of music and has managed to create a miraculously coherent monophonic choir...This is all quality music-making.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012).



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Works Details

>Hildegard of Bingen : De Sancta Maria
  • Performer: Lena Norin (Alto)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Hildegard of Bingen : O dulcis electe
  • Performer: Sabine Lutzenberger (Voice)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Hildegard of Bingen : O speculum columbe, antiphon for St John the Evangelist
  • Performers: Lydia Brotherton (Voice); Norbert Rodenkirchen (Flute)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Hildegard of Bingen : O spectabilis viri, antiphon for the prophets & patron saints
  • Performer: Christine Mothes (Voice)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Hildegard of Bingen : O cohors milicie floris virge
  • Performer: Agnethe Christensen (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Hildegard of Bingen : O victoriosissimi
  • Performers: Lena Norin (Alto); Benjamin Bagby (Harp)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Hildegard of Bingen : Kyrie eleison
  • Performer: Esther Labourdette (Voice)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Hildegard of Bingen : O vos imitatores
  • Performer: Sabine Lutzenberger (Voice)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Hildegard of Bingen : O gloriosissimi lux vivens, antiphon for the angels
  • Performer: Elodie Mourot (Voice)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Hildegard of Bingen : O vos angeli, response for the Angels
  • Performers: Sabine Lutzenberger (Voice); Lena Norin (Alto); Agnethe Christensen (Percussion); Lydia Brotherton (Voice); Norbert Rodenkirchen (Flute)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Bagby
  • Ensemble: Sequentia (Early music ensemble)
  • Notes: Church of Saint Remigius, Franc-Warêt, Belgium (11/11/2012-11/15/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179