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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 oktober 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 24 september 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 september 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 augustus 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1994 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 5 december 1989 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Symphoniae is a reissue of the 1985 Sequentia LP Symphoniae: Spiritual Songs, an epochal recording that did much to set off the whole Hildegard boom -- if one can use that word to describe the audiences for music by a medieval German abbess. It is largely the work of Sequentia co-director Barbara Thornton, who died in 1998; her creative partner Benjamin Bagby is heard on harps and on other instruments. She sings solo and leads small groups of other female singers. "Symphoniae" was a word Hildegard herself applied to a collection of her own music. For those who have gone on to investigate other treatments of Hildegard's music, ranging from hyper-authentic to new age inspirational, it will be good to check in with the musicians who were really the first to spot the tremendous relevance of this woman-centered chant. And for those who are looking for a good place to start with Hildegard of Bingen, this disc is still easy to recommend. In both music and liner notes it gives a feel for the key traits of Hildegard's music: its wide, sudden melodic swings, its rhapsodic quality, the unusual locutions and involved, imaginative metaphors in her poetry, and some great imagery that could almost have come out of 1970s feminist literature. In the words of one commentator, Hildegard "used extremes of register as if to bring heaven and earth together," and Sequentia's singers pick up this momentum effectively. A responsory in praise of St. Ursula and her 11,000 martyred Virgins (actually, there may have been only 11) has become especially well known in the years since this album was released. Many of the pieces praise saints and other figures from Christian history and liturgy (often women), and some become mystical in their intensity. Musically the album takes liberties with what is known of medieval performance practice, but not to an objectionable degree. Some of the chants are sung solo, other responsorially between soloist and choir in the usual manner. On some pieces the performers add vocal harmonies according to the principles of medieval organum singing, something not notated by Hildegard but certainly in the air in her time and place. There are also several pieces done instrumentally, and some of the chants are accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. The reason often given (and alluded to here) is that Hildegard's writings mention musical instruments as a link to the divine. It's a stretch from that idea to the instrumental accompaniment of music that is usually heard for voices alone, but the results here are lovely. For everyone from medievalists to ordinary mystics, Symphoniae offers worthwhile listening. © TiVo
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 31 oktober 1995 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 mei 2013 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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It is largely due to the work of the German ensemble Sequentia that the name and music of Hildegard of Bingen are popular today even among listeners with little background in medieval music. Sequentia moved on to experimental recordings of lesser-known chant repertories and such things as Icelandic sagas, but it has continued to record Hildegard's music, and the present release marks the conclusion of the group's recordings of her complete works. This is a remarkable accomplishment by any standard, and the entire thing has been done both logically and convincingly. Sequentia's great gift has been its ability to put the great German nun's chants in context, to show that text and music united in her music as much as in that of any other great composer. The chants here begin with Mary, who for Hildegard was at the top of the celestial hierarchy of the title, but the program soon moves into a variety of other figures, including St. John the Evangelist, the Apostles, martyrs, and angels. Soon you are listening to each chant and where the soaring melismas come in relation to the text in order to divine its author's attitudes toward the figures involved, and as usual with Sequentia this is a much more effective device than a program that attempts to replicate liturgies of the time. It may be that the group of choristers on this album is a bit less smooth than on the very best Sequentia releases, but the group's virtues are fully intact after 35 years, and the Hildegard set as a whole is something to treasure. © TiVo
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 2 juli 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Making the most of the vocal and stylistic near-perfection of his Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel explores English polyphony between 1300 and 1400. The authors of this late medieval music are unknown, as these pieces have come down to us anonymously, unlike many works on the continent, whose composers are known and often highly revered. But in spite of the anonymity, this material which was written around the time of the Hundred Years' War had a great influence on the music of those distant times. The dozen sacred and secular a capella pieces presented here come from various sources preserved in the United States (New York), England (London, Oxford, Durham) and France (Tours, Chantilly). With their strange chromaticism and extreme, complicated modulations, the composers of Albion paved the way for a new musical style. This new album consists of mostly unknown and unrecorded pieces that add to the knowledge of an era that is still largely undiscovered. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 18 juni 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 18 juni 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 11 juni 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 4 juni 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 28 mei 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 28 mei 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 mei 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 mei 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 mei 2021 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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