Angelus admonebit Abacue prophetam / En tamanna coita non pode seer

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The Play of Daniel, a 13th century drama set to music, tells the story of Daniel and the events that lead up to him being cast into the lion's pit. This tune comes at that moment of high drama. As he finds himself in the pit he prays to God and an angel with a sword appears to protect him. Meanwhile, another angel orders Habbakuk, the prophet, to take food to Daniel. Habbakuk is reluctant so the angel seizes him by the hair and drags him there.

The Cantigas de Santa Maria, composed at the court of King Alfonso X of Castile in the second half of the 13th century, are a vast repertory of poetry in medieval Galician. They include over 350 narratives of miracles of the Blessed Virgin and almost all are set to music. In Cantiga 131 - En tamanna coita non pode seer - we hear the story of the Emperor Alexios of Constantinople who became trapped in the collapsed tunnel of a mine. During this time the Virgin provided the emperor with food and angels came to comfort him and help him sleep. Eventually he was found alive.

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from The Ministry of Angels, released July 12, 2014
Clara Sanabras - voice, oud, renaissance guitar
Clare Salaman - hurdy gurdy
Joy Smith - percussion

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