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The elegant, eloquently expressive voice of Sabine Lutzenburger combined with her liquid, legato approach to ornament and phrasing – and an evident understanding of text – makes her one of Hildegard’s finest vocal advocates. Singing with an enviable ease in this thoughtful programme, she side steps the much-recorded Sequences, obvious fodder for the solo artist, in favour of largely lesser-heard Responsories and Antiphons, including some outstandingly elaborate examples, reaching deeply into the improvisatory heart of Hildegard’s creativity. Scholarly considerations inform her singing and there’s also a clutch of attractive instrumentals: improvisations and reinterpretations on vielle and bowed lyre. The tuned bells on one track are a bit tinselly and I’m also unconvinced by her decision to contextualise two Antiphons with Psalms – for a semi- liturgical interpretation surely the only way is choral?

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