Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Hildengard von Bingen's "Marriage of the Heavens and the Earth"

I have also had an opportunity to review Hildengard von Bingen's "Marriage of the Heavens and the Earth". This CD is a collection of Hildengard's best compositions - a true gem to own!

After being forgotten for several centuries, Hildegard von Bingen is recognized today as one of the universal minds in Western culture. The abbess at the monastery of Saint-Rupert close to the town of Bingen, Hildegard was a composer, writer, physician and visionary who lived in the 12th century A.D.

Hildegard von Bingen s music is undoubtedly her most inspiring legacy. She is considered one of the leading
composers of the Middle Ages. One of her works, the Ordo Virtutum, has been called the first form, and possibly the origin, of opera. She composed seventy-seven more songs mostly for her monastery. Only a few decades ago, this incredible treasure was rediscovered and presented to a larger audience.

Jade Music is proud to release Marriage of the Heavens and the Earth, an album by Catherine Braslavsky and Joseph Rowe that contains some of von Bingen s best known compositions.

For more than 15 years, Catherine Braslavsky has been playing Hildegard von Bingen s music. Herself a composer and Greogorian chant enthusiast, she also studied Indian, Judeo-Spanish and harmonic chant. She is currently also pursuing her research on ancient music. Soloist, musical director, and teacher, she has performed all over Europe, the United States and Japan. With Joseph Rowe, she recorded six albums that explore contemporary sacred music, and sacred music of Europe, and the Mediterranean.

Additional product information, listening samples, and ordering information is available on Amazon.com.


2 comments:

June 22, 2008 at 3:11 PM
Teófilo de Jesús said...

Also, you and your readers may want to know that The Anonymous 4 beautifully interpreted the hymns of St. Hildegard in a production called The Origin of Fire: Music and Visions of Hildegard von Bingen . I think it is a fine work and beautifully rendered.

June 22, 2008 at 3:47 PM
Seminarian Matthew said...

Wonderful. Thank you for this information. I'm adding the CD mentioned by you to my wish list.

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