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Gregorian chant has run through sacred music for more than a millennium, and the earliest piece included on this album is an example of this beautiful monody. Twelfth-century polymath and religious icon Saint Hildegard of Bingen was a prolific composer of devotional pieces. In its complete form, O Ecclesia celebrates Saint Ursula, a martyr and leader of early Christians; in the opening section presented here, Hildegard begins not with Ursula herself, but with the greater church whose visionary faith in Christ was Ursula’s calling. Some of the hallmarks of Hildegard’s writing are clearly evident: phrases that begin with the leap of a fifth, and end by dropping just below the expected final note before resolving upwards.

from notes by Owain Park © 2020

Recordings

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CDA68285 27 March 2020 Release
Gothic Voices Gramophone Award Winners Collection
CDS44251/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Hildegard of Bingen: A feather on the breath of God
CDA66039

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Track 15 on CDA68285 [1'24] 27 March 2020 Release
Track 8 on CDA66039 [6'11]
Track 8 on CDS44251/3 CD1 [6'11] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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