This new release is the second volume in Delphian Records’ monumental collaboration with the European Music Archaeology Project. The series explores the earliest known music from Scandanavia. Together with partners from ten European countries, the European Music Archaeology Project has researched and brought to life ancient music from 40,000 BC to present day. The group will hold a series of international exhibitions, which will allow the public to more fully understand the crucial role that music played in ancient societies. This album includes songs improvised on Viking instruments, as well as notated songs from the earliest centuries of Christianity in Scandinavia.
The medieval period gave us some of the greatest, most enduring stories in history. Some are of them were real – some are altered into pure Legend. These legends usually had somebody doing villainous deeds. The even greater thing is that most of these were surrounded in mystery or conspiracy. Medieval Murder Mysteries uses modern thinking from historical police criminology combined with forensics and human osteologists blended with current historical ideas to try and solve what really happened all those years ago. Magnificent castles, chivalrous knights, powerful kings and queens? You’ll have them. Also require dark deeds, illicit lovers, greedy nobles, mad cardinals? Look no further.
This release is of a different and more ambitious kind than other releases of the mid-2010s on the Lyrita revival label. Like the others, it is taken from BBC broadcasts, but in this case, the recording was made in a studio, not live, and the sound quality is much superior. The most unusual feature is the music by the almost-forgotten Granville Bantock, who was as responsible as anyone else for the ongoing popularity of Sibelius in Britain, and who, believe it or not, liked to dress up as the medieval Persian poet Omar Khayyam.