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Aquilones - Choral Works from the Middle Ages to Today / Trio Mediaeval

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Icelandic : Office of St Thorlak
>Jormin, Anders : Ama, for voices
>Traditional, Christmas : Ave rex angelorum
>Traditional, Christmas : Ecce quod natura mutat sua jura
>Smith, Andrew : Ave maris stella, for 3 voices & organ
>Smith, Andrew : Joseph fili David, for female chorus
>Smith, Andrew : Ave Regina caelorum, for 2 sopranos & alto
>Traditional, Christmas : Alleluia
>Fuglseth, Linn Andrea : Morgonljos, for voice & organ
>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : Fammi cantar l'amor
>Vangberg, Ola M. : Gud unde oss her at leve så, hymn for chorus
>Anonymous, Italian : Benedicti e llaudati
>Opheim, Berit : Klokkeljom
>Anonymous, Norwegian : Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro (None Shall Win Eternal Peace), hymn
>Almhjell, Magnhild : Fryd dig, du Kristi brud
>Opheim, Berit : I hamrinum, for voice & fiddle
>Brooks, William : Vale, dulcis amice, for 3 voices (from "6 Mediaeval Lyrics")
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Times, 17th January 2015
An entire album of medieval and contemporary music sung by three Norwegian women doesn't sound riveting. It is. Trio Mediaeval have light, flexible, pristinely tuned voices, warm expressivity and the taste to produce ravishing soundscapes out of dry-as-dust plainchant and ancestral Nordic folktunes.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
Enchanting individually and as a unit, Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Berit Opheim produce exquisite, shimmering, luminous lines.

Trio Mediaeval - three Norwegian women whose singing produces "a sound of extraordinary and consoling beauty," says the Boston Globe - offer a collection of polyphony from the medieval to the modern titled after the North Wind with their sixth ECM New Series release, Aquilonis. One can sense a reference in the title to the Nordic roots of the singers, as well as the bracing purity of their voices; moreover, the album's repertoire travels from Iceland to Italy, from north to south like the Aquilonis wind. In creatively realizing the music of one Saint Thorlak - who died in Iceland just before Christmas 1193 - Trio Mediaeval accompany their vocals with discreetly textural instrumentation. The group has also arranged 12-century Italian chant and sings 16thcentury English carols, with timeless Scandinavian folk melodies in the air, too. From our contemporary age come pieces by the Swede Anders Jormin, American William Brooks and Englishman Andrew Smith. Former Hilliard Ensemble tenor John Potter, in his liner notes for Aquilonis, aptly describes Trio Mediaeval's ability to "create a synthesis of sound and atmosphere... history and geography blending seamlessly."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Propstei St. Gerold (06/2014).



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Works Details

>Anonymous, Icelandic : Office of St Thorlak :: Vespers reponsory
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediaeval
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.

>Jormin, Anders : Ama, for voices
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Christmas : Ave rex angelorum
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Ecce quod natura mutat sua jura
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 14th Century

>Smith, Andrew : Ave maris stella, for 3 voices & organ
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Anonymous, Icelandic : Office of St Thorlak :: Vespers antiphon and psalm 1, 2, 3
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.

>Smith, Andrew : Joseph fili David, for female chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Smith, Andrew : Ave Regina caelorum, for 2 sopranos & alto
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Traditional, Christmas : Alleluia :: A new work is come on hand
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 14th Century

>Fuglseth, Linn Andrea : Morgonljos, for voice & organ
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Anna Maria Friman.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous, Icelandic : Office of St Thorlak :: Vespers antiphon and psalm 4, 5
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.

>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : Fammi cantar l'amor
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12th Century

>Vangberg, Ola M. : Gud unde oss her at leve så, hymn for chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Italian : Benedicti e llaudati
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.

>Opheim, Berit : Klokkeljom
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Linn Andrea Fuglseth (1969 - ), Anna Maria Friman.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous, Icelandic : Office of St Thorlak :: Special antiphon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.

>Anonymous, Norwegian : Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro (None Shall Win Eternal Peace), hymn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Almhjell, Magnhild : Fryd dig, du Kristi brud
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Opheim, Berit : I hamrinum, for voice & fiddle
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Anna Maria Friman.
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Brooks, William : Vale, dulcis amice, for 3 voices (from "6 Mediaeval Lyrics")
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal