This is a collection of some of the works of the first great Western composer, Hildegard von Bingen. I know nothing about her beyond what I read in a book once, many years ago, and know very little about plainchant. I have no idea how these hymns were curating beyond what they tell me in the liner notes, or whether or not that curation makes any sense.
I do know that the music is beautiful and an extremely important step in the development of western music.
It’s hard for someone with as little knowledge of this music as I have to say much of consequence. I will say, though, that Hildegard remains one of the most under-appreciated composers in the history of music – at least in terms of her presence in the popular consciousness – as I can pretty much guarantee that most people I know don’t know the first great European composer was a woman.
As to the music itself: it is, as I noted, beautiful. But I have no idea whether or not this is in any way an adequate or definitive collection. It seems her output was immense and though I have to, at least temporarily, rely on the expertise of Anonymous 4 and hope they did as good a job of curation as they did in performing, I have no idea whether or not that’s true.
I look forward to more experiences with plainchant in the future.
- Hymn: Veni creator spiritus 4:31
- Sequence: Veni spiritus eternorum alme 2:42
- Antiphon, O quam mirabilis est 3:31
- Vision 1 “The fire of creation”: Et ego homo 1:46
- Vision 1 “The fire of creation”: Et audivi 3:11
- Sequence: O ignis spiritus paracliti 7:52
- Vision 2 “Wisdom and her sisters”: Vidi etiam 2:22
- Vision 2 “Wisdom and her sisters”: Prima autem 3:12
- Responsory: O felix anima 6:40
- Vision 3 “The fiery spirit”: Iterumque vocem 2:00
- Vision 3 “The fiery spirit”: Et imago 5:00
- Hymn O ignee spiritus 10:07
- Vision 4 “Love”: In vera 2:06
- Vision 4 “Love”: Et audivi vocem 3:22
- Antiphon Caritas habundant in omnia 2:18
- Antiphon O eterne deus 2:34
- Hymn Beata nobis gaudia 2:47