ENDORPHIN RISING: AN ORATORIO TO HEALING BY MATTHEW MANNING AND ANITA RIDLEY
Endorphin Rising features the evocative violin playing and orchestral compositions by Anita Ridley together with the spoken word, overtone chanting and harmonic singing of Matthew Manning. They are joined by the haunting vocal soloist Sarah Smith and drummer Michael Holden.
This stunning new album truly fits the definition of an oratorio - a word deriving from the Latin verb orare, to pray. An oratorio typically constituted a large musical composition for orchestra, choir and soloists whilst female singers were regularly employed together with a male narrator.
Historically, oratorios dealt with sacred topics and Endorphin Rising also follows this tradition. The music and words were inspired by Matthew's vision and insights into the ancient healing ceremonies within the stone circles of Dartmoor in the Bronze Ages - the same energies channeled by healers today. Whilst much of the music is gentle and inspiring, the central movement - entitled 'The Joining', now used by Matthew during his healing demonstrations - is monumental, conveying a sense of glory, upliftment and healing. It is perfect for healing, relaxation or simply very pleasurable listening!