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O pastor animarum

author of text
Antiphon for the Redeemer

The visionary German Abbess, Saint Hildegard of Bingen, conjured up extraordinary beauty using one note at a time. She was one of the most prolific composers of the Middle Ages. As the head of a religious community, it was her responsibility to ensure the spiritual well-being of all the nuns in her care. For Hildegard, music and philosophy went hand-in-hand with her sublime liturgical poetry, creating an ideal method of expressing her faith. She has also been described by Clemens Jöckle as the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. She wrote nine books covering the medicinal properties of animals, plants and stones. Hildegard was an extraordinary self-taught polymath. O pastor animarum is made up of memorable long-breathed shapes, which evoke a sense of mysticism, prayerfulness and purity.

from notes by Andrew Nethsingha ©


The tree
SIGCD691Download only Available Friday 19 November 2021
Lassus & Tymoczko: Sibylla
Studio Master: SIGCD520Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on SIGCD691 [1'31] Download only Available Friday 19 November 2021
Track 2 on SIGCD520 [1'27] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD691 track 1

Recording date
17 July 2019
Recording venue
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Chris Hazell
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. The tree (SIGCD691)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: 19 November 2021
    Download only Available Friday 19 November 2021
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