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11,000 Virgins - Hildegard von Bingen / Anonymous 4

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Karlsruhe LX : Auctori vite psalmis, antiphon / Venite exsultemus domino, invitatory
>Hildegard of Bingen : O dulcissime amator
>Anonymous, Ahrweil Antiphoner : Jesu corona virginum
>Hildegard of Bingen : Spiritui Sancto honor sit
>Anonymous, Karlsruhe LX : Specie tua, versicle
>Hildegard of Bingen : Favus distillans Ursula "Lauds of Saint Ursula"
>Anonymous, Codex Engelberg 314 : Benedicamaus domino (i)
>Hildegard of Bingen : Studium divinitatis
>Anonymous, Ahrweil Antiphoner : Psalm 92
>Hildegard of Bingen : O ecclesia oculi tui
>Anonymous, Codex Engelberg 314 : Benedicamus domino (ii)
>Anonymous, German : Domine deus meus (Berlin Mus. 40046, Quedlinberg)
>Anonymous, Karlsruhe LX : Mirabilis deus, brief responsory
>Hildegard of Bingen : Cum vox sanguinis, hymn for Saint Ursula & her Companions
>Hildegard of Bingen : O rubor sanguinis
>Anonymous, Ahrweil Antiphoner : Magnificat anima mea / O rubor sanguinis, canticle
>Anonymous, Ahrweil Antiphoner : Te lucis ante terminum, hymn
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"...It's tempting to talk of virtuosity, but that would be to travesty both Hildegard's devotional intent (she meant to glorify God, not her own ability) and the sublime beauty of these performances, whose perfection is designed to emphasize the virtues of the music, not the skill of the singers..." -Witherden, Classic CD

Notes & Reviews:

It might be said that if there had been no Hildegard von Bingen someone would have had to invent her, but, if she had been invented, no one would have believed it. And yet, which is more remarkable: that this Benedictine nun founded two convents, authored books of history, language, medicine and poetry, painted, had strange visions and challenged the seats of power, or that nearly a thousand years after her birth she has suddenly become the best-known composer of the medieval world?

Hildegard's 70-odd musical compositions, published as the "Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations," are all monophonic sacred vocal works, but they are chants with a twist. Full of brilliant poetic images, they feature wide-ranging, ornamented melodies and surprising leaps, creating a mood that might be called ecstatic. In 11,000 VIRGINS, seven of these are placed in the context of a program of chants celebrating the feast of Saint Ursula. Anonymous Four sings them with their characteristic, almost uncanny purity, adding occasional drones and harmonies to vary the texture.



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>Anonymous, Karlsruhe LX : Auctori vite psalmis, antiphon / Venite exsultemus domino, invitatory
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Written: 12th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hildegard of Bingen : O dulcissime amator
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Ahrweil Antiphoner : Jesu corona virginum
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hildegard of Bingen : Spiritui Sancto honor sit
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1140-1179
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Karlsruhe LX : Specie tua, versicle
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Written: 12th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hildegard of Bingen : Favus distillans Ursula "Lauds of Saint Ursula"
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1140-1179
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Codex Engelberg 314 : Benedicamaus domino (i)
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hildegard of Bingen : Studium divinitatis
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: This selection continues with Hildegard's antiphon "Studium divinitatis."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1140-1179
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Ahrweil Antiphoner : Psalm 92 :: Dominus regnavit
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Written: 12th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hildegard of Bingen : O ecclesia oculi tui
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Codex Engelberg 314 : Benedicamus domino (ii)
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, German : Domine deus meus (Berlin Mus. 40046, Quedlinberg)
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Written: 12th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Karlsruhe LX : Mirabilis deus, brief responsory
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Written: 12th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hildegard of Bingen : Cum vox sanguinis, hymn for Saint Ursula & her Companions
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1140-1179
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Hildegard of Bingen : O rubor sanguinis
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Notes: This selection continues with Hildegard's antiphon "O rubor sanguinis."
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1140-1179
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Ahrweil Antiphoner : Magnificat anima mea / O rubor sanguinis, canticle
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Ahrweil Antiphoner : Te lucis ante terminum, hymn
  • Performers: Ruth Cunningham (Voice); Marsha Genensky (Voice); Susan Hellauer (Voice); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Anonymous 4
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio