June 22, 1997 |
HILDEGARD VON BINGEN: "O Jerusalem." Sequentia (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) * * * Some eight centuries after her death, the mystic Medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) has struck a chord with a broad audience, having become, somewhat remarkably, one of the best-known female composers in history. Part of the popularity can be attributed to the series of recordings begun in 1982 by the early music ensemble Sequentia.
January 9, 2013 |
Though he's kept busy with a variety of film and art projects, Devendra Banhart hasn't put out a new studio album since 2009's "What Will We Be" -- a relative eternity for the once-prolific freak-folk prince, who recently moved from Los Angeles to New York. That's set to change March 12 with the release of Mala," Banhart's debut for Nonesuch Records following a brief stint at Reprise. (The title means "small" in Serbian, a nod to the heritage of his fiancée, Ana Kras.) Working with guitarist Noah Georgeson, the singer laid down the 14-track set at his former home here, using a vintage Tascam recorder he found in a pawn shop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1999 |
She wrote spiritual paeans to God, music of haunting beauty that has sold more than 1 million recordings, establishing her as the most successful female composer in history. She ran monasteries, advised popes and emperors, grew healing herbs and sketched luminous works of art. She wrote 70 poems and nine books revealing her dazzling visions from God.
August 9, 1998 |
PERFORMANCES "Ordo Virtutum," Sequentia, Nov. 22, 3 p.m., and Nov. 23, 8 p.m., Mary Chapel, Mount St. Mary's College, 12001 Chalon Road, Brentwood, $30-$38, (310) 954-4300. ON CD "11,000 Virgins," Anonymous 4 (Harmonia Mundi). This is one of those rare cases where the highest-profile performers are unsurpassed. In a chant-like style, the group sings Hildegard pieces inspired by the legend of St. Ursula. Not to be missed. "Ordo Virtutum," Sequentia (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi).
November 12, 2010 |
Margarethe von Trotta, who helped lead the New German Cinema movement and has been considered one of the world's premiere feminist filmmakers ever since directing (with then-husband Volker Schlöndorff) 1975's "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum," sheds light ? literally and figuratively ? on another exceptional woman, 12th century Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen, in the superbly rendered and deeply absorbing religious drama "Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen. " Reuniting once again with luminous German actress Barbara Sukowa (seen in the director's "Rosa Luxemburg" and "Rosenstrasse," among others)
March 22, 1992
"M ore Talk, Less Bach," last Sunday's story on KUSC-FM by Patrick Mott, has prompted an outpouring from readers . Those critical of the station's revamped format outnumbered supporters by more than 2 to 1. A sampling of their views: So KUSC and the Smith-Grices have run afoul of Ernest Fleischmann and his cronies, who have absolutely no room to talk about treating Los Angeles' classical music audience as "halfway morons." It was their insistence on dictating and controlling the classical scene that cost us Andre Previn and will probably cost us Esa-Pekka Salonen when he realizes the malaise that afflicts classical music in Los Angeles.