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Four Medieval Mystic Masters Across Religions

A sequence of writing by four medieval mystics across religions with verses by Hildegard of Bingen, Judah Halevi, Rumi, and Jetsun Milarepa. Read by Derek Jacobi and Sinead Cusack.

Four medieval mystic masters across religions through verses read by Derek Jacobi and Sinead Cusack.
Words and Music travels back to the 12th and 13th centuries through the spiritual poetry of four remarkable mystics; one Christian, one Jewish, one Muslim, and one Buddhist. German Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Iberian-born Hebrew poet Rabbi Judah Halevi, Persian Sufi master Rumi, and Tibetan monk Jetsun Milarepa provide this varied tapestry of reflections reaching to the core of spiritual belief, a tapestry surprisingly fresh and still relevant in today's world. The music featured, taken from the complex soundscapes nurtured over the centuries by these four religions, offers a quite unique spiritual journey, full of contrasting colours and feelings.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 28 Apr 2013 18:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Jordi Savall

    Fanfare de Jéricho 1200 A.D.

    Performer: Les Trompettes de Jéricho

    • Alia Vox AVSA9863A+B.
  • Hildegard of Bingen: ‘O quam mirabilis est’

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • Rumi: The Thirsty Man who threw Bricks into the Water

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 00:01

    Anon

    Feeynema Tuvellu Fesemme Vechullah

    Performer: Mevlana Whirling Dervishes and Musicians

    • Celestial Harmonies.
  • Yehuda Halevi: Fragment from True Life

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • Yehuda Halevi: The Morning Stars

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 00:05

    Yefe Nof

    Sionide Belle cité, joie de'l universe from poem by Jehuda Halevi

    Performer: Loir Emlich (chant) Performer: Yair Dalal (oud) Performer: Usama Abu Ali (ney) Performer: Wabab Badarne (kanun) Performer: Dimitris Psonis (santur) Performer: Erez Shmuel Mounk (percussion)

    • Alia Vox AVSA9863A+B.
  • Hildegard of Bingen: O felix anima

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • Rumi: All religions are in substance one and the same

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • Rumi: Love puts reason to silence

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 00:11

    Hildegard von Bingen

    Monk and the Abbess O Ecclesia

    Performer: Musica Sacra Performer: Judith Malafronte (soloist) Performer: Richard Westenburg (conductor)

    • Catalyst 0902668329-2.
  • 00:13

    Anon

    Sacred Tibetan Chants from The Great Prayer Festival Prayer to the Victorious Masters

    Performer: Ten Buddhist Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

    • Music & Arts CD-735.
  • Hildegard of Bingen: Fragment of Flame of the paraclete spirit

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • Rumi: How all creatures cry to God for sustenance

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 00:16

    Leah Rudnitzky

    S'dremlyn feygel Birds are dozing

    Performer: The Burning Bush

    • ARC Music EUCD1788.
  • Rumi: Second causes

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • 00:21

    Anon

    Music of Makran: Zahirok

    Performer: Sardaro suroz Performer: Alidad damburag

    • Topic World Series TSCD 916.
  • 00:23

    Hildegard von Bingen

    Heavenly Revelations - Alleliuia, O Virga mediatrix

    Performer: Oxford Camerata Performer: Jeremy Summerly (director)

    • Naxos 8.550998.
  • Yehuda Halevi This Breeze

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 00:28

    Anon

    Tibetan Buddhism Rituals of the Drukpa Kagyu Order

    Performer: Tashi Jong Community Khampagar Monastery

    • Nonesuch 7557-72071-2.
  • Jetsun Milarepa: Song of the Horned Staff

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • 00:29

    Anon

    Tashi Lhunpo Monks - Dung-kar

    Performer: Tashi Lhunpo Monks

    • TLM 250489.
  • 00:31

    Anon

    Les Derviches de Turquie – Musique Sufi - Kaside

    Performer: Ali Gulses (singer and group)

    • Playasound PS 65120.
  • Yehuda Halevi: His Thresholds

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 00:35

    Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, arr. Benny Nagari

    World Music, Africa & Middle East - Im Nin' Alu

    Performer: Ofra Haza

    • RGNET 1181 CD.
  • 00:35

    Hildegard von Bingen

    Celestial Stairs - Caritas Abundat

    Performer: Ensemble fur Fruhe Musik Augsburg

    • Christophorus CHR 77205.
  • Jetsun Milarepa: Fragment from ‘Song for Poor Patrons’

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • 00:41

    Anon

    Tashi Lhunpo Monks Shegu Monlam

    Performer: Tashi Lhunpo Monks

    • TLM 4907.
  • 00:44

    Anon

    Priere pour Jerusalem (Psaume 122) – Les Psaumes de Roi David

    Performer: Loir Emlich (chant) Performer: Yair Dalal (oud) Performer: Usama Abu Ali (ney) Performer: Wabab Badarne (kanun) Performer: Dimitris Psonis (santur) Performer: Erez Shmuel Mounk (percussion)

    • Alia Vox AVSA9863A+B.
  • Jetsun Milarepa: Song of Experience in Clear Light Cave

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • Hildegard of Bingen: Karitas habundat

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • 00:48

    Hildegard of Bingen, arr. Richard Souther

    Divine Love: Karitas Abundat

    Performer: Richard Souther Performer: Emily Van Evera Performer: Sister Germaine Fritz

    • Angel.
  • Jetsun Milarepa: Drinking the Mountain Stream

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 00:51

    Anon

    Tashi Lhunpo Monks - Durdak

    Performer: Tashi Lhunpo Monks

    • TLM 4907.
  • Rumi: Satan’s office in the world

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • Yehuda Halevi: Heal me, Lord

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • 00:54

    Anon

    Aman Aman Música I Cants Sefardis d'Orient I Occident Sien Drahmas al Dia

    Performer: Aman Aman

    • Galileo GMC017.
  • Hildegard of Bingen: Karitas habundat

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • 00:48

    Hildegard of Bingen, arr. Richard Souther

    Divine Love: Karitas Abundat

    Performer: Richard Souther Performer: Emily Van Evera Performer: Sister Germaine Fritz

    • Angel.
  • Jetsun Milarepa: Drinking the Mountain Stream

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 00:51

    Anon

    Tashi Lhunpo Monks - Durdak

    Performer: Tashi Lhunpo Monks

    • TLM 4907.
  • Rumi: Satan’s office in the world

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • Yehuda Halevi: Heal me, Lord

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • 00:54

    Anon

    Aman Aman Música I Cants Sefardis d'Orient I Occident Sien Drahmas al Dia

    Performer: Aman Aman

    • Galileo GMC017.
  • Rumi: The Poor man’s regret for having placed his trust in man and not in God

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 00:59

    Anon

    Music of Islam Feeynema Tuvellu Fesemme Vechullah Nay Taksim

    Performer: Flute player from the Mevlana Whirling Dervishes

    • Celestial Harmonies.
  • Rumi: God the Only Real Agent

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • 01:03

    Anon

    Sufi Music - Rahway Wasdi Jhok Faridan Di

    Performer: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and group

    • RGNET 1064 CD.
  • Jetsun Milarepa: Mila resurrects an Old Woman

    Read by Sinéad Cusack

  • 01:09

    Anon

    Tashi Lhunpo Monks Nge-choo 3

    Performer: Tashi Lhunpo Monks

    • TLM 250489.
  • Jetsun Milarepa: A Response to a Logician

    Read by Derek Jacobi

  • 01:12

    Hildegard von Bingen

    Et ego homo

    Performer: Anonymous 4

    • Harmonia Mundi HMU907327.

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