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Sequentia: Hildegard von Bingen Box set

2.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 30 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Canada - Distribution
  • ASIN: B0056K4VX6
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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German pressings of the immense Sony Classical Masters Catalog in smart, desirable and collectible multi-disc editions - The Sony catalog is replete with legendary artists and many of the greatest recordings of the classical repertoire - Box fronts feature large, prominently displayed photo of the featured artist - Slender, shelf-friendly boxes; CD's housed in space-saving slipsleeves

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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.
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Je tient à féliciter ceux et celles qui dénoncent ici la piètre attitude de Sony Music concernant ce produit et le total manque de respect à un personnage de grande importance dans l'histoire.

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....
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I was expecting one CD - this is an 8-CD set, so imagine my delight. The music is clear, almost bell-like, and soothing. It's a marvel to me how little the human condition has changed in 8 centuries.
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I purchased this boxed set to complete my collection of the Sequentia recordings at a bargain price. Sequentia originally made these recordings for BMG, and the boxed set is now distributed by Sony. The three BMG recordings of Sequentia which I already own came with full sung texts in Latin and English; so I assumed that this boxed set would also contain the full sung texts. But it doesn't contain any of the texts, and I guess some genius in Sony's marketing deptartment decided that by omitting the texts, Sony could maximize its profit.

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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed8ef84) out of 5 stars This collection is a medieval bargain Feb. 14 2012
By Bruce Donley - Published on
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This box is a compilation of the complete set of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi discs released originally in the late 90's- Minimal artwork and documentation, but the glorious music is all there at a fraction of the original price- great value!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed8f1d0) out of 5 stars Great discovery Nov. 21 2012
By G. Johnson - Published on
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I give this five stars for the music quality and the price. It is unclear above, but I got 8 cds for this price. It is all of the Sequentia recordings of Hildegaard. This is music I didn't know about by a group I didn't know about and I reallly recommend it.

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...
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed8f194) out of 5 stars Sequentia: Hildegard Von Bingen Jan. 8 2013
By Mark O'Leary - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Lovely. Great sound quality. Great value. But don't plan on reading about the pieces in the CD package -- you get CDs and the titles of each piece.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed8f68c) out of 5 stars Wonderful March 30 2015
By Senlin - Published on
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Whether you are a musician, a historian, a scholar, or a religious person, this music is lovely. I am just a listener with no special knowledge - I just like Early Music. So I can recommend this as mediation music or for commuting, or for the times when you need a reminder of the spiritual part of your life. Listening would no doubt be enhanced by learning Latin, but the music is so stirring on a spiritual level that language is not really needed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed8f524) out of 5 stars An amazing career in one package Nov. 10 2014
By M. Kish - Published on
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Sequentia have devoted much of their career to reviving and interpreting the work of Hildegard von Bingen, and it's been a wonderful gift to the world. This collection brings the fruits of their labor into one package, including almost all of their Hildegard recordings (I believe it only excludes another version of Ordo Virtutum, recorded prior to the one here, and their newest album which was released after this compilation). And to have it all for such an affordable price is a bargain.

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.

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