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|Hildegard von Bingen - In Portrait / Ordo Virtutum Vox Animae Patricia Routledge|
Actors: Hildegard Von Bingen, Patricia Routledge, Vox Animae
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Hildegard was a remarkable woman, a ?first? in many fields. At a time when few women wrote, she produced major works of theology, music and visionary writings. She used the curative powers of music and natural objects for ... more »
An Extraordinarily Beautiful Collection
J Scott Morrison | Middlebury VT, USA | 12/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In this 2-DVD set is collected several programs, from disparate sources and uniformly stunningly beautiful, centered on the life and work of the 12th-century saint, Hildegard of Bingen--poet, prophet, activist, musician, artist, mystic. On DVD 1 is a 70-minute filmed version of her 'Ordo Virtutem' ('Ritual of Virtues') performed by a group of British singers/actors under the direction of Michael Fields and Evelyn Tubb; Ms Tubb portrays the central character, Anima (The Soul). It was shot in a the ruin of an abbey somewhere, I'd guess in England (although it might be Germany) and the visual effect is simply gorgeous. The 'staging' is hieratic, befitting the ritualistic nature of the chanting, and features individual singers for each of the Virtues (Humility, Knowledge of God, Charity, Fear of God, Obedience, Faith, Hope, etc.). Like a good opera or sacred oratorio, it tells of the moving story of the Soul's fight against the Devil with the aid of the Virtues.Following that, on DVD 1, is a 45 minute conversation with and lecture by Matthew Fox, a well-known scholar of the life and works of Hildegard. Fox, a liberal theologian and Dominican priest who was silenced by the Vatican and later dismissed from his order, is now an Episcopal priest in California. His knowledge of Hildegard is second to none, and the interview and lecture are unfailingly fascinating.On DVD 2 is a dramatization of Hildegard's life from the BBC. It features Patricia Routledge (best known to us Americans as Hyacinth Bucket on the BBC program, 'Keeping Up Appearances,' but for many years a serious actress) as the German abbess Hildegard. Again, the mise en scène is gorgeous, the acting beautifully done. The hour-long program portrays the highlights of Hildegard's life in scrupulous detail. This is followed, on DVD 2, by a 50-minute documentary, with a good deal of music from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., about Hildgard. It brings a different slant to the story, and makes use of meticulously researched and presented graphics from the period.Finally, on DVD 2, is a 30-minute presentation, again by Matthew Fox, of art of the period that illustrates Hildegard's mystic visions. I can't imagine anyone interested in Hildegard not wanting to own this set. The presentation is first-class and the material included is almost encyclopedic. The performances of the music is strikingly good.Recommended.Scott Morrison"
Hildegard in Brief
Lisa Groen Braner | Salt Lake City, Utah | 09/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a four part DVD set--one part dramatic vignette of a few scenes from Hildegard's life (very well acted), one part interviews with scholars of Hildegard, one part interpretations of her artwork in a classroom setting, and one part performance of her 'Ordo Virtutem.' Before purchasing this DVD, I recommend reading a biography of Hildegard. This DVD is not a documentary of her overall life and work. To be fair, Hildegard's work spanned so many disciplines, it would be a difficult task to address all in depth. I personally wished to see more about her spirituality, and how it was influenced by her music.
For those who are captivated by Hildegard, this DVD will fan your interest, but it's not the end of the road for serious seekers."
Hildegard was not so boring
Lena R. Polzonetti | USA | 09/09/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The first disc offers a recording of the Ordo Virtutum. The music itself is well performed but the visual aspect does not add anything, in fact it makes the music less enjoyable. The performance is stiff (what to expect?) and does not communicate the sense of mystic experience that the original context must have had. In the first disc you'll also find an interview to Matthew and Mary Fox. What they say is quite informative, but it could have been done in 20 less minutes. They focus on theological and political aspects and are not competent in music, nor pretend to be (at some point the Ordo is referred to as an Opera!). The second CD contains a TV movie on the life of Hildegard. Badly done, very boring, not informative at all. I definitely do not recommend this DVD."