A Feather on the Breath of God
|A Feather on the Breath of God|
|Studio album by Gothic Voices|
|Recorded||St Jude's Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, 14 September 1981|
|Genre||Sacred vocal music, plainchant, early music|
|Gothic Voices chronology|
A Feather on the Breath of God is an award-winning album of sacred vocal music written in the 12th century by the German abbess Hildegard of Bingen, and recorded by the English soprano Emma Kirkby and Gothic Voices. It was released by the Hyperion Records label in April 1985.
It is an album of early medieval plainchant. The title is taken from a passage in Hildegard’s writings in which she describes herself:
Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honour. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I '"A feather on the breath of God."
It was recorded in St. Jude's Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, on 14 September 1981. The music and Latin texts are from a contemporary medieval manuscript (Wiesbaden, Hessische Landesbibliothek M52) edited by Dr. Christopher Page, who also directed the recorded performance itself.
- “Columba aspexit” (5:18)
- “Ave, generosa” (4:36)
- “O ignis spiritus” (4:48)
- “O Ierusalem” (8:02)
- “O Euchari” (5:43)
- “O viridissima virga” (3:13)
- “O presul vere civitatis” (6:12)
- “O Ecclesia” (6:11)
- Emma Kirkby – soprano
- Emily Van Evera – soprano
- Poppy Holden – soprano
- Judith Stell – soprano
- Margaret Philpot – contralto
- Andrew Parrott – tenor
- Kevin Breen – tenor
- Howard Milner – tenor
- Doreen Muskett – symphony
- Robert White – reed drones
- Christopher Page – director
Recording and production personnel
- Tony Faulkner – recording engineer
- Martin Compton – recording producer
- Terry Shannon – front design
- Edward Perry – executive producer
- http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-feather-on-the-breath-of-god-mw0000157694. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA66039&vw=dc. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- A Feather on the Breath of God CD booklet, p. 2.
- A Feather on the Breath of God CD back cover.
- A Feather on the Breath of God CD booklet, p. 5.