Hildegard von Bingen

O rubor sanguinis, antiphon for Saint Ursula & her companions

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Composed in honor of the martyrs St. Ursula and her companions, who were executed by the Huns in the fourth or fifth century, this antiphon bears the inscription on its manuscript "In evangelium," indicating it should be sung at Vespers, with the Magnificat, or at Lauds (comprised of canticles and psalms), with the Benedictus. The mystic Abbess Hildegard was a visionary, and her visions served as the inspirational source of her chant and poetry. This antiphon, O rubor sanguinis (O redness of the blood), exhibits her usual mystical style, while extolling the "flower" untouched by the "serpent's breath." It is a short antiphon whose soaring theme first hovers around the alto range before leaping high to impart an ecstatic sense to the consolatory manner of this chant. Hildegard wrote for only solo vocal line, but often achieves, as here, a great range of color: not only is the vocal span wide in this antiphon, but its music has an aura of the mystical and religious, of the sweetly somber and comforting. This lovely chant typically has a duration of one-and-a-half minutes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Odradek ODRCD 322
    2015 Healing Chants
    2012 Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697983052
    2010 Naïve AM 195
    2007 Harmonia Mundi 2908250
    2007 Naïve V5126
    2007 Healing Chants 8429
    2006 Deja Vu 20
    2004 Rca Red Seal 188689
    2003 Harmonia Mundi 807200
    2003 Opus 111 30390
    2000 Fine Classics 4427
    1999 Fine Tune 1130
    1999 New World Records 459
    1998 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472 77505-2
    1998 Opus 111 30220
    1997 Harmonia Mundi 907200
    1997 Harmonia Mundi HMU-907200
    1997 Lyrichord LEMS8027
    1996 SKR Classical 1803
    1996 Media 7 (defunct - now Musisoft) 6
    1996 Celestial Harmonies 13127
    1995 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77346
    Rampur Records 118
    Ave Maria Press 8941