- Ludus Danielis (The Play of Daniel), medieval mystery play
The Play of Danielby The Dufay Collective
Ludus Danielis (The Play of Daniel) is a vivid twelfth-century liturgical drama of collective authorship whose manuscript originated at Beauvais Cathedral in northern France. It relates how the prophet Daniel deciphered the Writing on the Wall for King Belshazzar, and then was miraculously saved from the lions' den. The story was probably sung and acted out by young clerics during the Christmas festivities, when liturgical rigor was relaxed somewhat. This mesmerizing recording transports us back to the origins of music as spectacle: long before the advent of opera, the Church had already grasped the impact of dramatic performance. Drawing on unbroken traditions and using improvisatory techniques, The Dufay Collective deftly recreates this medieval entertainment with its rich palette ranging from solo voice to the full complement of choir, harps, vielles, hurdy-gurdy, organ, church bells and percussion. From the Label
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- Harmonia Mundi Fr.
Performance CreditsDufay Collective Primary Artist
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