The “Ludus Danielis” is a dramatic mystery play about the prophet Daniel at the Babylonian court.
A climax is the prophecy, “Menetekel”, when a (divine) hand writes the downfall of the empire on the wall of the king’s palace in fire writing. Through evil intriguers the prophet lands in the lion’s den, but remains unhurt as if by a miracle. Now it is the schemers who are accused of the lions and cannot escape their just end…
As a guest singer in the role of the old prophet Habakuk: “Deine Lakaien” singer Alexander Veljanov!
Next to mystical solo scenes there are rousing songs of the festively spoiled court. The partly exotic-looking instruments (harp, Ud, Saz, hurdy-gurdy) open up a completely new, haunting world of medieval sound surfaces.
“Ludus Danielis” is the first CD of Estampie, which came out by a collaboration of the classical label Christophorus and Chrom Records.
The whole musical impact benefits enormously from the plainly well-informed freedom that results. It's honest and it's good: the individual performers are excellent, and the play conmes across with special power. It's also refreshingly different.