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Songs to the blessed virgin

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Songs to the blessed virgin

The Esoterics’ first CD, BEATA, celebrates the Virgin Mary as a symbol of purity and devotion, as well as an inspiration for centuries of music.

Comprising eighteen compositions from nearly as many countries, this recording presents unaccompanied choral music about Mary from every continent and each decade of this century. This contemporary repertoire is interspersed with strophes of the sequence, O virga ac diadema, by the renowned medieval mystic, poet, and abbess, Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179).

BEATA was originally performed and recorded in July 1997 (after our highly acclaimed performance of the same title) in a true-to-performance style, where each piece is heard as it was performed, and no gratuitous editing occurred during the mastering process.

Track listing

1 Hymne à la vierge (1954) Pierre Villette
2 Ave maris stella (1919) Otto Olsson
3 Ave maris stella (1900) Edvard Grieg
4 O virga ac diadema – I (c1150) Hildegard von Bingen
5 Tota pulchra es, Maria (1942) Pablo Casals
6 Canticum Mariæ virginis (1978) Einojuhani Rautavaara
7 I beheld her, beautiful as a dove (1928) Healey Willan
8 O virga ac diadema – II (c1150) Hildegard von Bingen
9 Ave Maria, cheia di graça (1980) José Firmino
10 Ave Maria, cheia di graça (1948) Heitor Villa-Lobos
11 Magnificat (1982) Giles Swayne
12 O magnum mysterium (1992) John Harbison
13 Es ist ein Reis entsprungen (1907) Alban Berg
14 Morning song for the Christ child (1966) Peter Sculthorpe
15 O virga ac diadema – III (c1150) Hildegard von Bingen
16 Ave Maria, gratia plena (1957) Kenneth Gaburo
17 Ave Maria, gratia plena (1898) Giuseppe Verdi
18 Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (1933) Hugo Distler
19 O virga ac diadema – IV (c1150) Hildegard von Bingen
20 Bogoroditse dyevo, raduisya (1934) Igor Stravinsky
21 Bogoroditse dyevo, raduisya (1990) Arvo Pärt
22 Mater ora filium (1921) Arnold Bax
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