Conner - Riddle Songs
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Cat No: DCD34227
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 23rd October 2020
ArtistsStef Conner (voice, lyre)
Hanna Marti (voice, harp)
Riddle Songs is a concept album with a difference: 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.
1. Rune Poem 1: Torch
4. Caute cane (Hanna Marti)
5. Hall-joy (Hanna Marti)
6. Rune Poem 2: Day
8. Caedmon’s Hymn
9. Sainte Marie (St Godric of Finchale, arr. HM & SC)
10. Rune Poem 3: Earth
11. Seed Spell
12. Sky Lights
13. Rune Poem 4: Stars
15. Swan Lament (anon., arr. SC & HM)
20. Rune Poem 5: Water
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