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Riddle Songs

Stef Conner, Hanna Marti, Everlasting Voices

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Rune Poem 1  
1.1
Torch
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
1:15
1.2
Fire
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti; Everlasting Voices; Christopher O’Gorman; Jamie Wright; Graham Bier
5:31
1.3
Flint
Stef Conner; Stef Conner
2:56
1.4
Caute cane
Hanna Marti; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
0:56
1.5
Hall-joy
Hanna Marti; Hanna Marti
2:14
Rune Poem 2  
1.6
Day
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
1:14
1.7
Worldstead
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti; Lisa Coates
2:00
1.8
Caedmon’s Hymn
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
3:07
1.9
Sainte Marie ((arr. Hanna Marti, Stef Conner))
St Godric of Finchale; St Godric of Finchale, (arr. Hanna Marti, Stef Conner); Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
1:14
Rune Poem 3  
1.10
Earth
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
1:35
1.11
Seed Spell
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti; Everlasting Voices; Susannah Austin
4:26
1.12
Sky Lights
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Robin Bier; Lisa Coates; Toby Ward; Everlasting Voices; Louis Marlowe
2:46
Rune Poem 4  
1.13
Stars
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
1:12
1.14
Flight
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti; Peyee Chen; Elspeth Piggott; Everlasting Voices; Ana Beard Fernández
7:03
1.15
Swan Lament
Anonymous; (anon., arr. Hanna Marti, Stef Conner); Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
3:23
1.16
Night-bard
Stef Conner; Stef Conner
2:44
1.17
Song-pack
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti; Robin Bier; Graham Bier; Louis Marlowe
4:07
1.18
Tide-mother
Stef Conner; Hanna Marti; Stef Conner, Hanna Marti; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
4:13
1.19
Ice
Stef Conner; Elspeth Piggott; Everlasting Voices; Ana Beard Fernández; Robin Bier; Nils Greenhow
8:50
Rune Poem 5  
1.20
Water
Stef Conner; Stef Conner; Hanna Marti
1:39
Total Playing Time    62:25
This is an album of new music with very old words -- 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 impressive 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. No songs in Old English have survived from the period in which the language was originally used. And yet what does survive of Anglo-Saxon culture – preserved in written texts or unearthed 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 a challenge … to feats of imaginative daring which are also acts of informed historical sympathy.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Delphian Records Studio Masters

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