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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66039
Recording details: September 1981
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: April 1985
Total duration: 6 minutes 11 seconds

'I was spellbound by both the music and the presentation … and have remained so ever since … a jewel in Hyperion's crown' (Gramophone)

'These hymns and sequences, most expertly performed and recorded, have excited much acclaim – and rightly so. A lovely CD.' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'The most beautiful choral record of the year … hauntingly compelling' (The Guardian)

'An outright winner that merits a place in every collection' (The Good CD Guide)

'It's magnificent … entrancing. Don't miss this very special record … utterly flawless' (Fanfare, USA)

'A beautiful CD' (Daily Mail)

'This is a marvellously moving recital … restrained, unexaggerated, and very, very beautiful. High loveliness like this is not common' (Hi-Fi News)

'Flawless' (Early Music)

'This remains the prime example of Von Bingen's astounding creativity and originality. Her expressive, often awesome music ranks as the greatest of medieval composers. It's already sold over 200,000 copies! If you missed it, there's no reason to hesitate. Sensational!' (In Tune, Japan)

'Spellbinding music … of rare beauty' (Westminster Press)

O Ecclesia
composer
author of text

Introduction
O Ecclesia celebrates Saint Ursula who, according to legend, was martyred with eleven thousand virgins at Cologne. Ursula, a woman who had rejected an earthly marriage for a heavenly one, who had died in Cologne, and who led a company of Christian women, naturally occupied a special place in Hildegard’s devotion. There were relics of Ursula at Disibodenberg where Hildegard had been raised, and Elisabeth of Schonau (a mystic whom Hildegard knew) created a stir in 1156/7 with her visions of Ursula and her companions. Hildegard does not appear to have been directly influenced by these visions, but this is her most sustained response to a legend that was clearly popular and much in the minds of clerics and laymen.

from notes by Christopher Page 1982

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'Gothic Voices Gramophone Award Winners Collection' (CDS44251/3)
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