Wiesbaden, Hessische Landesbibliothek, Hs. 2 (Rupertsberger Riesenkodex) fol. 478s-481a
Ordo Virtutum, from critical text by Peter Dronke, Oxford University press (1970)
Sequentia, Ensemble für Musik des Mittelalters
Barbara Thornton (voice: Felix anima / Infelix anima), Guillemette Laurens (voice: Humilitas), Jill Feldman (voice: Scientia Dei / Fides / Misericordia), Lauri Monahan (voice: Castitas / Discretio), Theresa Lister (voice: Timor Dei / Contemptus Mundi), Caroline Trevor (voice: Caritas / Disciplina / Innocentia), Sally Sanford (voice: Obedientia / Verecundia / Victoria), Candace Smith (voice: Spes / Amor cælestis / Patientia)
Margriet Tindemans (fiddle, psaltery), Sarah Cunningham (fiddle), David Hart (flute), Benjamin Bagby (organetto, harp, hurdy-gurdy)
with participation of:
Carmen-Renate Köper (voice: Hildegard von Bingen), William Mockridge (voice: Diabolus) & Patriarchs and Prophets of the Old Testament (Wolgang Kläsener, Stefan Klöckner, Klaus Lohmann, Bernard Schüth, Burkhard Wiggeshoff)
(LP): (27' 08" + 21' 49") + (25' 37" + 14' 33") = 1h 29' 07"
(CD): 48' 56" + 40' 10" = 1h 29" 06"
Recording site and date:
Knechtsteden Klosterkirche [06/1982];
Rel.: 1982 [BASF], 1987 [EMI], 1990 (BMG)
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 8/6-190 (July / August 1985)
Original Information from François Velde, later expanded by Pierre-F. Roberge (LP & CD).
This play has been recorded again later by Sequentia: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77280 [CDx2] Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum
The Ordo Virtutum or Play of the Virtues is an allegorical play written ca. 1150 by Hildegard, possibly for the consecration of the monastery she founded on the Rupertsberg near Bingen. It shows the Human Soul, main protagonist, torn between the Virtues and the Devil, who wins her over for a while until she returns to the Virtues. The music consists in monophonic settings of Latin texts written by Hildegard herself, and destined to be sung by the nuns of her monastery (the spoken part of the Devil is a man's). Extraordinary piece of music, and one of the oldest we have (aside from chant).
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