Ensemble for Medieval Music. Benjamin Bagby, Director

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Hildegard von Bingen: Symphoniae
Geistliche Gesänge / Spiritual Songs

CD (total time 62:16)

Recorded June 1982 in the Klosterkirche Knechtsteden (D) and June 1983 in the church of St. Osdag, Mandelsloh (D)

Rreleased as LP in 1985 and as digitally remastered CD in 1989 by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (GD77020) in co-production with WDR Köln

Booklet 31 pp.


Sequentia’s Hildegard von Bingen Project: Initially in collaboration with the West German Radio Cologne (WDR Köln) Sequentia made a series of recordings of the complete works of Germany’s most important medieval composer, the abbess and visionary Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179).

After recording the music drama, Ordo Virtutum, Sequentia went on to make a first recording of the abbess’s symphoniae, spiritual songs which were probably sung in the liturgy of her convent on the Rupertsberg in the late 12th century. A group of nine female vocalists under Barbara Thornton’s direction is complemented by five instrumentalists in this recording made over a period of a year, in two different medieval German churches.