Work as "of a wild, methaphysical and inexplicable kind". Lord George Gordon Byron
Manfred Barbarini Lupus (ca 1560) was a popular composer during the mediaeval and Renaissance periods. The St. Gallen Monastery, for whom these works were composed, was one of the most influential in Europe at that time. Performing these works is the Ensemble Ordo Virtutum. The ensemble was founded by musicologist Professor Dr. Stefen Johannes Morent, and specializes in mediaeval music.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Manfred is a hermaphrodite – at least, as far as the music is concerned. For although the work (dating from 1885) was indeed dubbed by its creator as a symphony, it still did not receive a number alongside Tchaikovsky’s further six contributions to the category. And thus it was – and has still to some extent remained – “draped” over a stool, as it were: isolated in Tchaikovsky’s oeuvre somewhere between the categories of the symphony and the symphonic poem. Nevertheless, Manfred is definitely based on a literary programme. And what a programme – the eponymous dramatic poem written by the “dark romantic” poet, Lord Byron. Tchaikovsky devoted himself to this and to its eponymous hero with zeal, and seemed to even somewhat transform himself into Manfred during the intensive period of work. After all, he was also suffering from inner torment.
Live acoustic gig with Daevid and Russell Hibbs. Two natural tune-smiths recorded live in front of a hometown audience as they take turns playing some of their favourite acoustic compositions. Great daevid tracks beautifully complimented by the Celtic-tinged songs by Russell of Nectan's Glen fame. Recorded in Byron Bay, N.S.W. Australia in 1995. This is the fourth of a 20CD series, each release a limited pressing of 1000 copies only - no more will be pressed.