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Episode #3589

Medieval + Electronic = ?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

This New Sounds explores the equation of medieval + electronic = ?  Hear ecstatic melodies from the 12th century German composer abbess mystic Hildegard of Bingen in a contemporary context.  There are many versions of her “O Viridissima Virga,” incorporating modern electronics and sound design from the likes of Jocelyn Montgomery and David Lynch to arranger and producer Richard Souther. There’s also a version from the Korean-Amercian Bora Yoon as well, from her latest, “Sunken Cathedral.” Yoon's settings are ominous and disorienting when she transports these Hildegard songs into her electronic sound-world. 

Also, listen to other works that update medieval chant and opera, including a reworking of Hildegard’s opera “Ordo Virtutum “ by four “downtown” composers called the Hildegurls.  Plus, a work by Mason Bates, as sung by Chanticleer, where distant future meets ancient past.

PROGRAM #3589 medieval + electronic = ? (First aired on 4/14/2014)  

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Gothic Voices

Hildegard of Bingen: A Feather on the Breath of God

Hildegard” O viridissima virga [3:09]

Hyperion #66039
Available at Amazon.com

 Jocelyn Montgomery, David Lynch

NS Live  @WFC, 1/22/99

Viridissima (O Viridissima virga) [5:26]

This performance not commercially available.  "Lux Vivens" – the Music of Hildegard von Bingen, by Jocelyn Montgomery and David Lynch, is on Mammoth Records #354 980-183, Available at Amazon.com

Bora Yoon

Sunken Cathedral

O viridissima virga [10:25]

Innova 880
Due out April 29, 2014
www.innova.mu

Hildegurls

Electric Ordo Virtutum

Electric Ordo Virtutum, excerpt (Act 2) [5:47]

Innova 712
www.innova.mu

Mason Bates, feat. Chanticleer

Stereo Is King

Observer in the Magellanic Cloud [6:25]

Innova 882
www.innova.mu

Bora Yoon

Sunken Cathedral

In Paradisum [8:54]

See above.

Richard Souther

Vision – the music of Hildegard Von Bingen

Song to the Mother (O Viridissima Virga) [3:22]

EMI #55246
 try Amazon.com

Bora Yoon

Sunken Cathedral

O pastor animarum [4:27]

See above.

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