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Play of Daniel [Import]

Dufay Collective , William Lyons , Viven Ellis , Clara Sanabras , John Potter , Harvey Brough , Simon Grant , Choristers of Southwell Minster Audio CD
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  • Performer: Viven Ellis, Clara Sanabras, John Potter, Harvey Brough, Simon Grant, et al.
  • Conductor: William Lyons
  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B001BAU9KY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Play of Daniel: Ad honorem tui Christi
2. The Play of Daniel: Astra tenenti, cunctipotenti
3. The Play of Daniel: Vos qui paretis meis vocibus
4. The Play of Daniel: Jubilemus Regi nostro magno
5. The Play of Daniel: Ecce sunt ante faciem tuam..Vocate mathematicos..Qui scripturam hanc legerit
6. The Play of Daniel: Nescimus per solvere
7. The Play of Daniel: Cum doctorum et magorum omnis adsit ' Entrance of the Queen'
8. The Play of Daniel: Rex in aeternum vive, ut scribentis noscas ingenium..Cum Judae captivis populis..Vos Danielem
9. The Play of Daniel: Vir propheta Dei, Daniel..Multum miror cujus consilio
10. The Play of Daniel: Hic verus Dei famulus..Pauper et exulans..Hic est cujus auxilio
11. The Play of Daniel: Tune Daniel nomine diceris huc adductus
12. The Play of Daniel: Rex, tua nolo munera
13. The Play of Daniel: Qui sic solvit latentia ornetur
14. The Play of Daniel: Tolle vasa, princeps militiae
15. The Play of Daniel: Solvitur in libro Salomonis
16. The Play of Daniel: Regis vasa referentes
17. The Play of Daniel: Ecce rex Darius venit cum principibus
18. The Play of Daniel: Audite, principes, regalis curiae
19. The Play of Daniel: Ex regali venit imperio
20. The Play of Daniel: Congaudentes celebremus natalis solemnia
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Praise September 4, 2008
By Sabrosa
Format:Audio CD
"The liturgical drama still carries a punch. Daniel deciphering the writing on the wall, Daniel in the lion's den: marvellous stuff."
- Geoff Brown, THE TIMES (September 4, 2008)

"Pick it up and give it a place among your Anonymous 4 and Chanticleer Christmas albums. It is that beautiful -- plus, you can enjoy it all year. The Dufay Collective is good at capturing early styles of singing and playing without being flat or static. Processionals, accompanied by harp and handbells, are sweet as carols. The whole performance has a luminous, timeless feeling."
- Mary Kunz Goldman, BUFFALO NEWS (August 26, 2008)

"In this vibrant recording, the Dufay Collective excavates `The Play of Daniel,' a liturgical music drama that dates to the 13th century. Vocal solos, both dramatically stark and floridly mellifluous, are played off against fervent choruses and colorful orchestration brimming over with brightly clamorous bells. The music pours forth in a variety of styles and moods. Some passages have the rigid solemnity of the medieval era. Others seem to leap centuries ahead, to the expressive exuberance of Monteverdi and the melodic suppleness of Handel. In a lucid liner note, director William Lyons explains the guiding principles behind this performing version. His most persuasive argument comes in the wonderfully strange and exultant music itself."
- Steven Winn, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (August 17, 2008)

"The singing and instrumental playing are first rate, as we expect from these forces, and I have to
say that the way instruments are used here (including the interludes and introductory passages) really helps move the action along and also helps to create a sense of occasion that, combined with the excellent recorded sound, enlivens and enriches the drama. A must for early music fans!"
- David Vernier, CLASSICSTODAY.COM (August 2008)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Medieval music June 25, 2009
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People tend to either love medieval music or hate it. If you love it as I do then I can thoroughly recommend the Play of Daniel performed by the Dufay collective. We know that the play was performed in the early thirteenth century but parts of it might date back even earlier. Our knowledge of how Medieval music was performed or even what it sounded like is still somewhat sketchy but the Dufay collective has done a fantastic job with this work. Joyful singing is combined with catchy instrumental pieces to create a thoroughly authentic Medieval atmosphere. I found the whole thing fascinating and this CD will almost certainly become the "most played" in my early music collection. Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first opera? January 24, 2012
By Simon
Format:Audio CD
If opera is a drama set to music, so we probably have here a real opera some 350 years before the "formal" ones.
But call it whatever you wish, this is certaily a most delightful work -
68 minutes of delicate music, lovely choruses and touching recitatives and arias.

The Performance by the Dufy Collective is superb, with a lot of very original and convincing ideas that listens very attentively to the manuscripts and to the drama.
However, here and there you certainly hear glimpses of the 20th century - but the fact is that it works.
John Potter as Daniel can break your heart by his so beautiful voice and inteligent rendering of the text, and so is Harvey Brough as Darius.

The recording is a feast, and the linear notes are very informative
and includes of course the latin libretto with a good translation to English, French, and German.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "EEEEWWWW" January 14, 2012
By thuggi
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I had a vinyl recording of the Play of Daniel which is long lost, and was also in a production of the play. I was looking forward to this CD, but it is an odd and disappointing recording. Unfortunately, the production is French. This may come as a surprise to some, but the French do not seem to feel the need to try to properly pronounce a foreign language. The "en"'s, "an"'s, etc are nasalized, and "qu" is pronounced "k" ("quoque" comes out as "koke"). Worst of all is that drawn out, nasal "u". If there is one letter that Latin has a lot of, it's "u"! It seems like every other syllable is "eeewwwwwwww". It's OK if you always wanted to know what Ecclesiastical Latin would sound like with a very heavy French accent, but don't plan on singing along.
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