On “Materia Mystica”, Estampie examine Hildegard von Bingen, the great medieval mystic. Her written works often reflect the concept of the Four Elements. Estampie translated this old conception of the world, based on the elemental forces (fire, water, earth, air), into an artistic performance. Musically, the elements are characterized by pieces from Hildegard von Bingen’s “Ordo Virtutum” and Estampie’s own compositions. Thus, “Materia Mystica” is a unique symbiosis of authentic medieval sources and contemporary theater music, impressingly documented on this CD.
“Materia Mystica” is the third CD of Estampie, which came out by a collaboration of the classical label Christophorus and Chrom Records.