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J.F. Weber
Fanfare, May 2015

…creditable interpretations of a Medieval lament, and Johansen ranks with the best. The meditations serve to give breathing space between groups of vocal works. …this is one of the better discs of its kind. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, April 2015

…the musicians of the Hirundo Maris ensemble create a timeless atmosphere which, while it might…have been recognisable to Hildegard, also adds subtle touches of colour which feed our desire for contrasts of timbre.

Vocal solos are sung in Arianna Savall’s pure tones, her naturalness echoed in the tenor of Petter Udland Johansen in the Planctus David of Petrus Abaelardus. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Fallows
Gramophone, April 2015

…the sounds are all so gorgeous… The instrumental playing is flawless. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Peter Loewen
American Record Guide, March 2015

I love Arianna Savall’s voice… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Stephen J. Nereffid
Music is Good, January 2015

Top 15 ‘Old’ Classical of 2014: Stephen J. Nereffid

Of course it doesn’t need saying that she’s an artist in her own right, but my goodness Arianna Savall can sound very like her mother, Montserrat Figueras. This can only be high praise, obviously, and that marvelous combination of earthy and ethereal is perfect for Hildegard’s music. Variety is provided by Johansen’s tenor in a lament by Peter Abelard, along with some very apt, newly created, instrumental “meditations”. © 2015 Music is Good



Laurence Vittes
The Huffington Post, December 2014

Once again, Hildegard von Bingen’s vision has inspired a recording of transfiguring beauty in the form of alternating musical responses newly composed by Petter Udland Johansen. As you can also see, mixing very old and very new repertoire is becoming an increasingly popular marketing device. The name of the ensemble, Hirundo Maris, is Latin for “sea swallow” and, like that bird’s flight, singer and harpist Savall’s quintet-self described as “part early music ensemble, part folk group”-drifts on musical currents between Norway and Catalonia, and adds its own songs, often created, as they might also say, on the wing. The stunning audiophile sound makes this even more of a delight, capturing the band’s bright, glistening, timbral blend, capped by Savall’s ice-cream clear, radiant voice. © 2014 The Huffington Post




Catherine Groom
Early Music Today

Savall uses Hildegard and Abelard, herself and Udland Johansen, to represent a variety of polarities—male and female, heavenly and earthly focus and delight, fundamental joy and fundamental sadness—in what is a conceptual and creative disc. I’d highly recommend you give it a try. …the performances are startlingly beautiful and free and the arrangements endlessly creative. © 2015 Early Music Today Read complete review





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