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Mediva - SEQUENCES

Mediva - SEQUENCES

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD322
UPC: 855317003226
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  1. 01 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Karitas (Psalm antiphon for the Holy Spirit)
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  2. 02 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis II Karitas – Prima Pars
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  3. 03 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis II Karitas – Secunda Pars
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  4. 04 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis II Karitas – Tertia Pars
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  5. 05 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Euchari (Sequence for St. Eucharius)
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  6. 06 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis I O Euchari
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  7. 07 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Ave Maria (Responsory for the Virgin)
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  8. 08 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis IV O Coruscans Lux
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  9. 09 – Hildegarde von Bingen – O Splendissima Gemma (Psalm antiphon for the Virgin)
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  10. 10 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis VI Quae est ista
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  11. 11 – Hildegarde von Bingen – O Rubor Sanguinis (Antiphon for the 11000 Virgins)
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  12. 12 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Sed Diabolus (Psalm Antiphon for the 11000 Virgins)
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  13. 13 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis III Musica Diabolo
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  14. 14 – Hildegarde von Bingen – O Eccelesia (Sequence for the 11000 Virgins)
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  15. 15 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis V Ave
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  16. 16 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Karitas (Psalm antiphon for the Holy Spirit)
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MEDIVA – SEQUENCES

Hugh Collins Rice | Hildegard Von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen has the magical ability to reach out and speak to us across the centuries. An avant-garde visionary of her day, the depth and range of her music lends itself to modern re-imaginings. 

‘Sequentiae Hildegardenses’ was written over a period of 12 years in a special collaboration between the composer Hugh Collins Rice and the medieval ensemble Mediva. Collins Rice, who has often been drawn to the ideas and techniques of early music, was inspired by Mediva’s medieval instruments and developed a musical language for ‘Sequentiae Hildegardenses’ which remains authentic and expressive in a 21st-century context, whilst also illuminating the 12th-century music of Hildegard. His music references the serene world of Hildegard’s own compositions, but also reflects the darker strands in her writings.

Mediva’s instruments, which provide a palette of timbres unavailable on modern instruments, fascinated Collins Rice with their range of sonorities. As he puts it, the “earthy expressiveness of shawms is a sound completely different from any of its modern successors. The small medieval harp has a very subtle range of colour, and the medieval fiddle has a naturally soft veiled tone. Together with recorders, a blended ensemble is achievable which sounds fresh and new”.

Mediva’s credo is to bring passion and life to music of the past. Featuring an international line-up of virtuoso performers educated at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Mediva has been a spontaneous, imaginative and successful group for over ten years, performing a range of music from the 12th to 15th centuries. Mediva’s concerts are full of energy, passion and joie de vivre, and the group has appeared in many of the major music festivals in the UK and on the continent.

Booklet in English, German and French.
Program notes by Hugh Collins Rice.

Reviews

FOUR STARS
“… refreshingly tart, spiny, intense, colourful, challenging, demanding, busy yet transparent textures… played and sung with much beauty and impressive commitment in a voyage of discovery for composer, performers and listeners alike.”
Choir & Organ - Rebecca Tavener / December 2016

“It’s a mark of the disc’s success that you don’t always know whether it’s Collins Rice you’re listening to or Hildegard; each sounds as contemporary as the other.”
Gramophone / October 2016

“Mediva’s assortment of instruments thus receives a very modern function and creates, in conjunction with the singing, a completely new approach to the exploration of the works of Hildegard von Bingen.”
Pizzicato - 31/07/2016

“Written for voice and ancient instruments, the compositions of Collins Rice are specifically designed to accompany the works of Hildegard. Borrowing from these some melodic elements and construction processes, they are distinguished from them by the central role given to instruments, with polyphonic textures often provided, and are of a much more dramatic character.”
Classica - Guillaume Bunel / September 2016

01 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Karitas (Psalm antiphon for the Holy Spirit) // Mediva - SEQUENCES
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  1. 01 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Karitas (Psalm antiphon for the Holy Spirit) // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  2. 02 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis II Karitas – Prima Pars // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  3. 03 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis II Karitas – Secunda Pars // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  4. 04 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis II Karitas – Tertia Pars // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  5. 05 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Euchari (Sequence for St. Eucharius) // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  6. 06 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis I O Euchari // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  7. 07 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Ave Maria (Responsory for the Virgin) // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  8. 08 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis IV O Coruscans Lux // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  9. 09 – Hildegarde von Bingen – O Splendissima Gemma (Psalm antiphon for the Virgin) // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  10. 10 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis VI Quae est ista // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  11. 11 – Hildegarde von Bingen – O Rubor Sanguinis (Antiphon for the 11000 Virgins) // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  12. 12 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Sed Diabolus (Psalm Antiphon for the 11000 Virgins) // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  13. 13 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis III Musica Diabolo // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  14. 14 – Hildegarde von Bingen – O Eccelesia (Sequence for the 11000 Virgins) // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  15. 15 – Hugh Collins Rice – Sequentiae Hildegardensis V Ave // Mediva - SEQUENCES
  16. 16 – Hildegarde von Bingen – Karitas (Psalm antiphon for the Holy Spirit) // Mediva - SEQUENCES