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.
Hildegard von Bingen has the magical ability to reach out and speak to us across the centuries. An avant-garde visionary of her day, the depth and range of her music lends itself to modern re-imaginings. Sequentiae Hildegardenses was written over a period of 12 years in a special collaboration between the composer Hugh Collins Rice and the medieval ensemble Mediva. Collins Rice, who has often been drawn to the ideas and techniques of early music, was inspired by Mediva s medieval instruments and developed a musical language for Sequentiae Hildegardenses which remains authentic and expressive in a 21st-century context, whilst also illuminating the 12th-century music of Hildegard. His music references the serene world of Hildegard's own compositions, but also reflects the darker strands in her writings.
In Extremo are the masters of medieval metal from Germany. The band was formed in 1995 and in 2016 In Extremo comes to us with their eleventh full-length album „Quid pro quo”. The album is fast dynamic fresh powerful jocund and jaunty. As always, besides typical for metal instruments, it is full of good medieval tones performed by bagpipes, harp, shawm, hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa and cister. Medieval metal at its best… Just In Extremo, which is not older even by day from 1995 and gives us consistently attractive sound. As good as it gets. Tracks on disc 2 recorded live on September 3rd 2015 aboard the MS Rheinfantasie (special acoustic concert aboard a tourist boat featuring a ltd. number of 1000 spectators while on a Rhine cruise).
Capella de Ministrers is an early and medieval music ensemble formed in 1987 in Valencia, Spain by its director, the Valencian musicologist Carles Magraner. Capella de Ministrers is recovering the musical heritage from an astounding and up-to-date perspective:early music combined with the latest technology. This first album of the trilogy dedicated to Ramon Llull , "Conversion, study and contemplation," illustrates the youth of Ramon Llull, devoted to sensual pleasures to profane love and the cultivation of the troubadour lyric, seen through the prism of the convert who has left the vanities of the world.
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.