Sequentia: Hildegard von Bingen Box set
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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.Read more ›
Je soupçonne ceux qui ont travaillé sur la mise en marché de ce... produit, de n'avoir aucune culture musicale, scientifique, philosophique, en fait tout ce en quoi Hildegard était douée et de ne connaître que le contenu de leur Ipod, i.e. une vision assez limitée du monde!
C'est révoltant! J'ai heureusement tous les enregistrements en édition individuelle et je ne sais pas comment je serais capable d'en apprécier leur contenu musical si je n'avais pas les textes pour les accompagner.
Ces textes sont en quelque sorte notre révélation sur la vie de Sainte Hildegarde. Puisse-t-elle faire jaillir un peu de lumière sur les sombres esprits qui régissent ce monde!
P.S., jamais ne me viendrait-il à l'esprit de donner à mon chien un os sans viande.... ni même un os tout court par crainte qu'il ne s'étouffe, alors....
It would have made for greater customer satisfaction, I suggest, to have offered the full texts on a separate CD-ROM, even if this meant an additional cost to the consumer. To be fair, the box itself and the disc jackets do meet industry standards. And to conclude my review, never again will I purchase a boxed set of vocal music from Sony unless I am certain, beforehand, that it contains the full vocal texts. How else can the listener make sense of the singing?
Buyer beware: this set is not a bargain without sung texts unless you already have access to a copy of the texts or know them by heart. Shame on you, Sony!
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However, it is the cheap pressing, (sound quality fine tho) and there is no documentation whatsoever besides song titles. I have since got some of their other cds and they do do a good job with lyrics, explaining the music and explaining the times. If you care about that stuff, and album artwork you may prefer to pay more...
The music is stunning, full of power, glory, and mystery. Sequentia's interpretations, whether accompanied by instruments or a capella, sound fully alive and in the moment, not like museum pieces. This is music that can absolutely be enjoyed by a newcomer to Early Music as well as the expert.
The downside, and it's a rather large one, is that there are NO notes included with the CDs. No song texts, commentary, etc. It's a shame, but still I can't bring myself to take off more than one star for this otherwise fantastic collection.