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Voices of Ascension
Voices of Angels

Song NameComposer
O virga ac diademaHildegard von Bingen
O viridissima virgaHildegard von Bingen
Vos Flores RosarumHildegard von Bingen
O EcclesiaHildegard von Bingen
Columba aspexitHildegard von Bingen
Et IdeoHildegard von Bingen
O Euchari columbaHildegard von Bingen
O Pastor animarumHildegard von Bingen
O clarissima materHildegard von Bingen
Caritas AbundatHildegard von Bingen
O presul vere civitatisHildegard von Bingen
Ave, generosaHildegard von Bingen
Unde QuocumqueHildegard von Bingen
O lerusalem, aurea civitatisHildegard von Bingen

Directed by Dennis Keene

With this recording New York City's Voices of Ascension and Conductor Keene celebrate the 900th birthday of one of the most remarkable creative spirits of the Middle Ages, the Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). Although some musicians embellish Hildegard's single line chants with additional parts, the Voices of Ascension's approach is to present the inspired poetry and music of this mystic visionary "pure," without any contemporary additions. We are hearing, in these 14 haunting pieces, the Women of the Voices of Ascension, a mixed-voice choir on all their other excellent recordings. Soloists Kathy Theil, Michele Eaton, Alexandra Montano and Allessandra Visconti are particularly wonderful on cuts like "O virga ac diadema," "Vos Flores Rosarum," "Et Ideo," "O Pastor animarum,""Caritas Abundat," "Ave, generosa" and "O Jerusalem, aurea civitatus." All beautiful, soaring a cappella. This is simple, powerful music that touches and speaks to us across more than 8 centuries, in a way that its composer could never have imagined.

Item code: 7731C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Early Music | Some a cappella | Mixed | United States

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