A Feather on the Breath of God

A Feather on the Breath of God
Sequences and Hymns by Abbess Hildegard of Bingen
Gothic Voices - Christopher Page
Hyperion A 66039 [LP]
Musical Heritage Society MHS 4889 [LP]
Hyperion KA 66039 [Cass.]
Hyperion CDA 66039 [CD]
Hyperion "Gramophone Award Series" 20039 [CD]
Hyperion "30th Anniversary" 30009 [CD]


  1. Columba aspexit
  2. Ave, generosa
  3. O ignis spiritus
  4. O Ierusalem
  5. O Euchari
  6. O viridissima virga
  7. O presul vere civitas
  8. O Ecclesia

Performers: Emma Kirkby, Emily Van Evera, Poppy Holden, Judith Stell, Margaret Philpot, Andrew Parrott, Kevin Breen, Howard Milner (voices); Doreen Muskett (symphony), Robert White (reed drones)

Playing time: 44'

Recording site and date:
Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London, UK [09/1981]
Rel.: 1982 (LP), 1984 (CD)

This recording won the Grammophone award for Early Music in 1983, and was a major factor in the modern Hildegard phenomenon. Although there are some instrumental drones on some tracks, they are barely audible. The sound is overwhelmingly vocal, and primarily female. These interpretations continue to be very popular and basically established Gothic Voices as major interpreters of medieval music.

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Todd M. McComb