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11,000 Virgins: Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula
All the world loves Hildegard--and the four women of Anonymous 4 may be the best interpreters of her music since the 12th century. St. Ursula was the legendary daughter of a British king who, with her army of virgin comp... more »
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All the world loves Hildegard--and the four women of Anonymous 4 may be the best interpreters of her music since the 12th century. St. Ursula was the legendary daughter of a British king who, with her army of virgin companions, was martyred in Cologne, perhaps in the fifth century; Hildegard wrote these Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula for use in a highly solemn celebration along with other liturgical chants. It is in this context that Anonymous 4 presents this program, interspersing chants and psalmody with Hildegard's compositions, sometimes employing drones and polyphonic embellishment. The musical effect is a mixture of awesome reverence and earthly sensuousness. The combination of four different women's voices in perfect unison creates a richly colored sound that can lull or console or uplift. --David Vernier
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Enrique Torres | San Diegotitlan, Califas | 11/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Another superb CD by "Annonymous 4", these women are some of the best at creating music for the soul. Quite meditative in nature it is truly amazing that this music was written so long ago and continues to inspire. The accompanying booklet gives you plenty of background information on Hildegard von Bingen and why these songs were written. The included artwork is an additional bonus if you're inclined to like the works of Hildegard von Bingen. The music is just sheer beauty, angelic voices in a world of chaos. The music is relaxing and perfect for creative and contemplative moods. The perfect reading music or for that matter anytime the pace needs to be slowed down . It is best listened to to free one's mind of all earthly concerns and to focus on more spiritual matters. An excellent choice for those moments of connecting to the meaning and purpose of our existences."
This Should not be your first recording of Hildegards Music.
Enrique Torres | 09/27/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This Recording is one of many recordings of Saint Hildegard that saturated the music market this year. With the popularity of the Anonymous4, it may become the most known. The Anonymous4 puts on a performance that is sweet and pure. The intonation qualities are very good. Although the these are a plus, and I do very much admire the Anonymous4. I find this recording to be bland. I find that Sequentia has a much better grasp on Hildegard's Chants. If you must have an Anonymous4 CD, try An "English Ladymass, or their latest Lammas Ladymass"."
Great Medieval Plainsong. Not all from Hildegard
B. Marold | Bethlehem, PA United States | 11/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'11,000 Virgins - Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula' performed by the vocal quartet, Anonymous 4' is 72 minutes of music at least as good as any of their other albums. But, over half of the pieces on this record are by medieval composers OTHER than Fraulein Hildegard. So, the emphasis of the album is much more on 'Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula' than on Hildegard.
This does not disappoint, as the performances are superb, regardless of the composer. My only regret is that the notes did not tell more of the story of the 11,000 virgins. When I was visiting the Rhineland, this was a big local story, even though it happened over a 1,000 years ago, even before Hildegard's time.
But that's minor grousing. This is great music. Buy it if you like Medieval liturgical music!"