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Wydawnictwo: Delphian
Nr katalogowy: DCD 34227
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: październik 2020
EAN: 801918342271
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Epoka muzyczna: współczesna
Obszar (język): angielski
Instrumenty: harfa
Rodzaj: pieśń

Conner: Riddle Songs

Delphian - DCD 34227
Stef Conner, voice & lyre
Hanna Marti, voice & harp
Everlasting Voices / Jonathan Brigg
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Rune Poem 1 - Torch
Caute cane (Hanna Marti)
Hall-joy (Hanna Marti)
Rune Poem 2 - Day
Caedmon’s Hymn
Sainte Marie
Rune Poem 3 - Earth
Seed Spell
Sky Lights
Rune Poem 4 - Stars
Swan Lament
Rune Poem 5 - Water
No songs in Old English have survived from the period in which the language was originally used. And yet everything we know of Anglo-Saxon culture – as preserved in written texts or rediscovered by archaeologists – presents a compelling, if tantalisingly incomplete, picture of a society in which the creative impulse was central. For singer and composer Stef Conner, this incompleteness is not an obstacle but a challenge … to rise to feats of imaginative daring which are also acts of informed historical sympathy.

Riddle Songs is a concept album with a dierence: a personal vision of a world just out of reach. Its music and its stories, its seasons and its creatures are addressed or conjured up in hymns, spells, and that most Anglo-Saxon of poetic forms – the riddle.

Conner’s settings draw on English folksong, medieval music scholarship and a range of unlikelier inspirations to make something entirely her own. In around half the tracks she duets with early-music specialist Hanna Marti, both of them thrillingly poised between creation and rediscovery. In between come richly layered choral set-pieces, while elsewhere Conner is alone, accompanying herself on a strummed lyre.

At the album’s heart is an intimate communion with our ideas of the past, of distance and of nearness, of knowledge and enduring mystery.

Recorded from 30 July to 1 August 2019 and on 20 December 2019 in Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield

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