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The Medieval Muse: Ancient music for voices and harp / Serendipity

> Ricercar - Ricercar
> O viridissima virga (version for voice) - O viridissima virga
> Missus Gabriel [late 13th century] - Missus Gabriel [late 13th century]
> Columba aspexit - Columba aspexit
> Dies irae [13th Century] - Dies irae [13th century]
> Ricercar - Ricercar
> O Ecclesia, oculi tui similes saphiro sunt (O Beloved, your eyes appear as sapphires) - O ecclesia oculi tui
> Audi mirabilia [late 13th century] - Audi mirabilia [late 13th century]
> Veni sancte spiritus [16th century] - Veni sancte spiritus [16th century]
> Quid tu virgo - Quid tu virgo
> Song of the Sibyl [10th century] - Song of the Sibyl [10th century]

Album Summary

>Spinacino, Francesco : Ricercare, for vihuela & lute
>Hildegard of Bingen : O viridissima virga
>Chant, Gregorian : Missus est Gabriel, antiphon in mode 8 (Liber Usualis 1400)
>Hildegard of Bingen : Columba aspexit
>Chant, Gregorian : Dies irae, dies illa, sequence in mode 1
>Dalza, Joan Ambrosio : Ricercar, for vihuela & lute
>Hildegard of Bingen : O ecclesia oculi tui
>Chant, Gregorian : Audi mirabilia
>Chant, Gregorian : Veni Sancte Spiritus
>Balbulus, Notker : Quid tu virgo
>Anonymous : The Song of the Sibyl
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Haunting and sensuous songs from the first millennium and the early middle ages, including the uplifting visions expressed in music by the first known woman composer, abbess hildegard of bingen, the voice of the ninth-century lyric poet notker and the magnificent tenth-century 'song of the sybil'.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
There are many other recordings of Hildegard's chants. 'Columba Aspexit' sounds every bit as lovely here as in Emma Kirkby's recording (Hyperion 66039). I like the performance of 'Dies Irae'. We are so used to hearing it in the usual monotone, but Serendipity brings out the subtleties of the text with a more rhapsodic and strongly metrical performance, and with some improvised polyphony.



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Works Details

>Spinacino, Francesco : Ricercare, for vihuela & lute
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 15th Century

>Hildegard of Bingen : O viridissima virga
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Chant, Gregorian : Missus est Gabriel, antiphon in mode 8 (Liber Usualis 1400)
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Hildegard of Bingen : Columba aspexit
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Chant, Gregorian : Dies irae, dies illa, sequence in mode 1
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Dalza, Joan Ambrosio : Ricercar, for vihuela & lute
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 15th Century

>Hildegard of Bingen : O ecclesia oculi tui
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Chant, Gregorian : Audi mirabilia
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Chant, Gregorian : Veni Sancte Spiritus
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Balbulus, Notker : Quid tu virgo
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous : The Song of the Sibyl
  • Conductor: Simon Heighes
  • Ensemble: Serendipity
  • Running Time: 18 min. 27 sec.