Hildgard Von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum
Ars Choralis Coeln / Maria Jonas
E: Ordo Virtutum – The Order of the Powers Ars Choralis Coeln presents Hildegard of Bingen’s large mystery play on CD.
She was the most important universal scholar of the Middle Ages. Innumerable works give evidence of her impressive erudition and of her exceptional linguistic and musical talent. Not only during her lifetime did the abbess, poet and composer Hildgard von Bingen have great influence on theological and societal nexuses, but even today she is esteemed throughout the world for her world view and visions.
For ten years, the mystery play Ordo virtutum by Hildegard of Bingen has been
an important component in the repertoire of the womens schola Ars Choralis Coeln.
Under the artistic direction of Maria Jonas, the ensemble has occupied itself
intensively with the interpretation and realization of the work. After diagnosis
of the texts and in-depth studies, Maria Jonas translated the title of the work
as 'Order of the Powers'. In the recording by Ars Choralis Coeln, Diabolus (the
devil) does not have a voice, but plays recorder performed here by Lucia Mense,
who developed medieval playing techniques as well as contemporary sounds and
noises for her role. With these the devil attempts to seduce Anima (the soul),
who expresses the devils influence on her and vicariously on all of our souls
with a Babylonian confusion of languages. With the centuries-old Ordeo Virtutum,
the Ars Choralis Coeln opens a path to an understanding of a great mystic who
told stories directly from heaven.
|Release Period||December 2018|