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Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia / Åke Egevade, bone flute; Jens Egevade, lyres; Cajsa S. Lund, frame drum; Ensemble Mare Balticum

Album Summary

>Traditional, Danish : Dromde mik en drom (Codex Runicus)
>Lund, Cajsa S. : Signals to the Aesir Gods, for lurs & frame drums
>Egevad, Ake : In the Village, musical pastimes for bone flute & lyre
>Egevad, Ake : In the Village 2
>Anonymous : Mith hierthae brendher
>Chant, Gregorian : Lux illuxit laetabunda, sequence
>Anonymous : Scribere proposui (Piæ Cantiones)
>Anonymous, Finnish : Ramus virens olivarum
>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Nobis est natus
>Ensemble Mare Balticum : Ferro transecuit, estampie
>Ensemble Mare Balticum : Pax patrie, estampie
>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Ad cantus laetitiae
>Egevad, Ake : Melody from Hultebro, for hornpipe & frame drum
>Egevad, Jens : The Warrior with his Lyre, for lyre
>Egevad, Ake : Gethornslát, for animal horn
>Traditional, Faroese : Grímur á Midalnes
>Anonymous : Iesus Christus nostra salus (Piæ Cantiones)
>Anonymous : Nobilis humilis Magne martir
>Anonymous : Gaude, mater Ecclesia
>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Hostia grata Deo, antiphon
>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Ferro transecuit, antiphon
>Goedecke, Ute : Improvisation on "Gaudet mater ecclesia," for Jew's harp
>Anonymous : Sancta Anna, moder Christ, wedding song
>Anonymous, Danish : Diem festum veneremur, sequence
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new release is the second volume in Delphian Records' monumental collaboration with the European Music Archaeology Project. The series explores the earliest known music from Scandanavia. Together with partners from ten European countries, the European Music Archaeology Project has researched and brought to life ancient music from 40,000 BC to present day. The group will hold a series of international exhibitions, which will allow the public to more fully understand the crucial role that music played in ancient societies. This album includes songs improvised on Viking instruments, as well as notated songs from the earliest centuries of Christianity in Scandinavia.

Record Review, September 2016
This is your opportunity to hear a possibility of what these instruments sounded like... to be transported to a different world. It's ear-opening - there are revelations here. It's a while since anyone has tackled this ancient music with such determination and imagination over a series.

The Guardian, 14th July 2016
This meticulously researched album from Sweden's Ensemble Mare Balticum imagines the instruments Vikings played and the voices they sang with...The instrumentals are pretty dry, but the singing of Ute Goedecke and Aino Lund Lavoipierre is gorgeous: two pure and fulsome voices, beautifully matched.

Notes & Reviews:

Ice and Longboats is a reconstruction of music of the Vikings, a speculative enterprise indeed, considering that all that remains of their music is some excavated instruments and a small corpus of manuscripts from the early Christian era. You get a good deal of archaeology in the booklet, and both the information and the sounds of the bone recorders, lyres, frame drums, and so forth will be new to most listeners. This is all to the good, and the performances of the music involving these -- shaped by modern folk traditions, guesses based on what's known of secular music in countries to the south, and in some cases just the marvelous sounds of the instruments themselves (sample the harp-vielle-pellet bells trio) -- are colorful and plausibly thought out. That's only part the program, though; the rest is more certain musically, but perhaps less effective in its realization here. The religious pieces are based on manuscript fragments, heard here in small chunks lasting just a minute or two. This has a dissatisfying effect, and the ethereal voices of the Ensemble Mare Balticum, accompanied by one or two instruments, seem a bit over-refined. The pristine church sound works for these, but doesn't match the secular pieces, which are supposed to represent warriors, festivities, and the like. On balance, though, this is an attractive and intelligent attempt to imagine the musical life of Scandinavia's famous medieval culture. ~ James Manheim



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>Traditional, Danish : Dromde mik en drom (Codex Runicus)
  • Performer: Ute Goedecke (Recorder)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1300

>Lund, Cajsa S. : Signals to the Aesir Gods, for lurs & frame drums
  • Performers: Jens Egeberg (Horn); Ake Egevad (Horn)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stefan Wikström, Åke Egevad, Jens Egevad.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Egevad, Ake : In the Village, musical pastimes for bone flute & lyre
  • Performers: Ake Egevad (Flute); Jens Egevad (Lyre)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jens Egevad.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Egevad, Ake : In the Village 2 :: Evening
  • Performers: Ake Egevad (Lyre); Jens Egevad (Lyre)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jens Egevad.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous : Mith hierthae brendher
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.

>Chant, Gregorian : Lux illuxit laetabunda, sequence
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.

>Anonymous : Scribere proposui (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Danish : Dromde mik en drom (Codex Runicus)
  • Performer: Per Mattsson (Bells)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1300

>Anonymous, Finnish : Ramus virens olivarum
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.

>Traditional, Danish : Dromde mik en drom (Codex Runicus)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1300

>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Nobis est natus
  • Performer: Per Mattsson (Rebec)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ensemble Mare Balticum : Ferro transecuit, estampie
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ensemble Mare Balticum : Pax patrie, estampie
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Ad cantus laetitiae
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Mith hierthae brendher
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.

>Egevad, Ake : Melody from Hultebro, for hornpipe & frame drum
  • Performers: Jens Egeberg (Drum); Ake Egevad (Hornpipes)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jens Egevad.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Egevad, Jens : The Warrior with his Lyre, for lyre
  • Performer: Jens Egevad (Lyre)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Egevad, Ake : Gethornslát, for animal horn
  • Performer: Ake Egevad (Horn)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Faroese : Grímur á Midalnes
  • Performer: Jens Egevad (Lyre)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Iesus Christus nostra salus (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous : Nobilis humilis Magne martir
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Gaude, mater Ecclesia
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.

>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Hostia grata Deo, antiphon
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Piae Cantiones : Ferro transecuit, antiphon
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Goedecke, Ute : Improvisation on "Gaudet mater ecclesia," for Jew's harp
  • Performer: Ute Goedecke
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous : Sancta Anna, moder Christ, wedding song
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, Danish : Diem festum veneremur, sequence
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Mare Balticum
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern