Vision A.D.

The Music of Hildegard Von Bingen

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From the same label that made Chant a surprise pop culture phenomenon, Vision is a similar pairing of the ancient with the modern, the spiritual with the commercial, the melodies of a 12th century abbess (the head of an abbey of nuns) with the music of a 20th century composer. Richard Souther's textural, ambient approach provides the perfect backdrop for Hildegard Von Bingen's sacred chants, and the subtle addition of world music elements gives the music a timeless appeal. The often mystical nature of these songs is greatly enhanced by stunning vocal performances from early music specialist Emily Van Evera and prioress Sister Germaine Fritz OSB, whose exotic, ethereal styles mesmerize the listener. In these sacred compositions, whose core melodies are over 800-years-old, goth fans can hear how this type of music would eventually influence artists like Dead Can Dance and Miranda Sex Garden, while others can simply bask in the breathtaking beauty of the transcendent grooves. Ancient music purists may scoff at the hubris of adding modern elements to Von Bingen's sacred text, but this is deeply moving music in a time when we call use a little more spirituality.

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