| April 1985|
Early music, Vocal music
| St Jude's Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, 14 September 1981|
A Feather on the Breath of God
The Castle of Fair Welcome
Gothic Voices, Christopher Page
Gothic Voices albums, Early music albums, Other albums
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."
The album received the Early-Medieval Gramophone Award for 1982–1983 and the maximum rating of five stars from AllMusic.
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.
All compositions (sequences and hymns) written by Hildegard of Bingen.
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
Tony Faulkner – recording engineer
Martin Compton – recording producer
Terry Shannon – front design
Edward Perry – executive producer
- “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)
1Columba aspexit5:16A Feather on the Breath of God Wikipedia
2Ave - generosa4:37
3O ignis spiritus4:49