Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hildegard von Bingen, heavenly inspired

The most ancient composer in my collection (and that by a few centuries): Saint Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). She is also one of the most recorded female composers of all time. Her vocal works are ethereal and will appeal to anyone who is interested in the new spiritualism of Tavener and Part. This Naxos disc was my introduction to her work and remains indispensable. The Oxford Camerata under Jeremy Summerly give an outstanding and well-recorded performance. Highly recommended.