As we approach the end of Women’s History Month and my personal Hildegard of Bingen themed month, I would like to review Secrets of God, an anthology of excerpts from the mystic’s books as translated by Sabina Flanagan.
In the movie Vision, the abbess and her fellow nuns reenact the first sequence with the women chaining the devil.
Hey, a rare male singer provides a voice to Hildegard’s songs. While they have more than one instrument playing in the background, it does intrude on the vocalists. In fact, it complements them. Furthermore, they perform this Jazz-tinged solo near the end before a Gregorian chant concludes the song. While it has this out there feel, it works.
After listening to Souther’s work, hearing Sequentia take makes me love them more. Such power in their voices! The women give such a rich texture to Hildegard’s songs that I hope the abbess herself would love.
ETA: Sorry, did not check whether this could play on my blog. However, you can still click on the link and listen to this beautiful song.
O Virgo ac Diadema, from the album Vision: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen. Of all the songs featured in this blog, this song has a very contemporary edge to it. Seriously, the composer Richard Souther has reincarnated Hildegard of Bingen as a Loreena McKennit style singer. Don’t believe me?
Will do more reviews of Souther’s interpretations.
Relax, I believe I am reaching the end of this.
Karen Clark with Hank Dutt of Kronos Quartet. However, as much as I adore any output from Kronos Quartet, Mr. Dutt’s instrument seems overpowered by Madame Clark’s voice.