The Martyred Virgins

The Martyred Virgins
Composer Various Composers
Artist Schola Cantorum Karolus Magnus
Stan Hollaardt conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94314
EAN code 5028421943145
Release February 2012

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Since the early days, Christianity has shown a reverence and respect towards virgins, usually young girls who rejected the advances of the occupying Roman forces, arguing that they were instead married to Christ. Often, these girls were raped, tortured and crucified by the authorities, and such atrocities extended through the Dark and Middle Ages and beyond, in cultures all over the world.

This stirring new CD sets Gregorian, Ambrosian chant and two episodes from the life of St Agnes, creating a musical memorial to female victims of violence and abuse, raising a plea for freedom, respect and peace to be established in today’s world. Poems and texts by Tehlia Lieberman and Marthe Link, read in English, punctuate the chants, and there are moving accounts by women raped in Central Africa and girls forced to enter homes for single mothers and give up their children.

Other information:
- Recording made in 2011
- A moving and powerful programme of the old and new, dealing with an important and shocking issue that is still with us in the 21st century.
- 48-page booklet, containing extensive notes about the project by the artists, and complete texts of the chants, poems and readings in Dutch, English and Latin. The text in the booklet is a plea for female freedom, equal rights, respect and peace, regardless of religion or culture.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Litany, Part 1
  2. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Tertio decimo, AMEM 434
  3. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: De virginibus (1), LHo 1072
  4. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Agnes beatae virginis, LH 341
  5. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: from 2 Samuel 13: Amnon and Tamar
  6. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Psalm 43 (42): Iudica me Deus, PM 137
  7. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: from Jours de famine et de détresse
  8. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Ingressa Agnes, Psalm 147: 16 AM2 6
  9. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: from The men who killed me
  10. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Improperium, GT 148
  11. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: from The Magdalen
  12. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Vox in rama, Psalm 79 (78): 1 GT 638
  13. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Agnes famula, LV 567
  14. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: De virginibus (2), LHo 1072
  15. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Igne divini, LH 340
  16. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Christus factus est, GN 108
  17. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: from Tehila Lieberman: The Holy Text of Naeeda Aurangzeb 1
  18. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Ave verum, CS 10
  19. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: from Tehila Lieberman: The Holy Text of Naeeda Aurangzeb 2
  20. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Beati mundo corde, Psalm 37 (36): 1 GN 237
  21. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: from Marthe Link: Forgive us our trespasses
  22. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Stans beata Agnes, Magnificat AM1 789
  23. Pro sinceritate corporali et spiritali, A Gregorian memorial to female victims of violence: Litany, Part 2