The sound is excellent but there is no booklet! Is the price good? Not really. It looks good but you get what you paid for: A box set that has 8cds with religious songs but no texts for the songs? No, worse than that. What you get is a set that doesn't even has a booklet.
The giant Sony escalated from not putting songs for the texts in the booklets to not putting booklets at all in the sets! They didn't care even to supply a link to a site where you can see the songs written by Hildegard von Bingen, what does make for a more complete experience. It is likely that I could find, after some considerable work and time, all or most of the songs on the internet but I don't buy unfinished products. I don't buy half finished, half DIY products. I will return the set. I rather spend more money and get the real thing, that is, other editions of Hildegard von Bingen where there are booklets with notes and texts for the songs such as "Anonymous4" cds from Harmonia Mundi ( The French one ).
It won't cost much more to buy individually all cds from this box set, apart from "Saints", and you will have cds with booklets with information about the Abbess and the choir, along with texts for the songs. The sets also have proper cases for the cds, instead of the cheap paper sleaves used by Sony in this box set.
Why is Sony doing this? Because of their profit, of course, but also because they can. They know that, no matter what they throw at customers, there will be always very, very passive customers who will give five stars to this box set despite the lack of a booklet.
They also have the so called "cyber shills", who work in the musical industry and come here to write ravingly positive reviews and write abusive comments about any "low stars" reviews. I have also bought, for £36, Sony's box set "Piano Discotheque Ideale", which
has no booklet. I will keep the piano set but this one here I will return.
Taruskin/Gibbs, in the Oxford History of Western Music, wrote about Hildegard von Bingen's songs that "The imagery...produces an immensity of feelings we associate with revelation rather than reflection. Hildegard's is a lyricism of mystical immediacy".
Not knowing what "Sequentia" is singing, one can't completely grasp the lyricism of the songs in this set.
The Church, in a time when it was extremely powerful, tried but failed to silence Hildegard von Bingen. Sony, in a way, succeeded on that matter. Money is certainly more powerful than anything else.