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Soir, dit elle: Words of the Angel

Audio Samples

>Anonymous, English : Alma mater/Ante thorum
>Chant, Gregorian : Ave donna santissima
>Chant, Gregorian : Salve mater misericordiae
>Anonymous, Flemish : Messe de Tournai
>     Kyrie (Tournai Mass)
>     Gloria (Tournai Mass)
>     Credo (Tournai Mass)
>     Sanctus (Tournai Mass)
>Anonymous, Italian : Laude novella
>Anonymous, English : Benedicta es celorum
>Anonymous, English : Mater Christi nobilis
>Anonymous, English : De spineto nata rosa
>Anonymous : Salve Virgo Virginum, for 4 voices
>Anonymous, English : Stella maris illustrans omnia
>Anonymous, Italian : Venite a Laudare
>Anonymous, English : In excelsis gloria
>Anonymous, English : O ceteris preamabilis, sequence
>Anonymous : Agnus Dei
>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : Oi me lasso
>Moody, Ivan : Words of the Angel, for vocal trio
>Chant, Gregorian : Ite missa est (Tornai Mass)

Album Summary

>Anonymous, English : Alma mater/Ante thorum
>Chant, Gregorian : Ave donna santissima
>Chant, Gregorian : Salve mater misericordiae
>Anonymous, Flemish : Messe de Tournai
>Anonymous, Italian : Laude novella
>Anonymous, English : Benedicta es celorum
>Anonymous, English : Mater Christi nobilis
>Anonymous, English : De spineto nata rosa
>Anonymous : Salve Virgo Virginum, for 4 voices
>Anonymous, English : Stella maris illustrans omnia
>Anonymous, Italian : Venite a Laudare
>Anonymous, English : In excelsis gloria
>Anonymous, English : O ceteris preamabilis, sequence
>Anonymous : Agnus Dei
>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : Oi me lasso
>Moody, Ivan : Words of the Angel, for vocal trio
>Chant, Gregorian : Ite missa est (Tornai Mass)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"...As for comparisons, [Trio Mediaeval's] sparkling, well-tuned performance of the Mass easily outshines the rather muddy drone through the piece by Marcel Peres on Harmonia Mundi, and their zestful but delicate rendering of 'O ceteris preambulis' puts the asthmatic and lugubrious version by Anonymous 4 firmly in the shade..." ***** -BBC Music

Notes & Reviews:

Would that it were possible to give a debut recording a higher rating. The Trio Mediaeval is a remarkable group of women from Scandanavia whose repertoire consists of contemporary works and medieval compositions, as well as Baroque church music. This recording comprises a Messe de Tournai of polyphonic mass movements from a 14th century text and is interspersed with motets and songs from roughly the same period, including a number of works from English manuscripts. There is also a small collection of monophonic music Laude verses from the 13th century, and Ivan Moody's glorious Words of the Angel inserted as part of the mass, the lone contemporary work in the set. Produced by the Hilliard Ensemble's John Potter, the Trio has accomplished the unthinkable in taking a body of music that was meant solely for the voices of men, and transformed it into a multiphonic soprano's paradise. While the intonations presented a number of problems, the group takes the source material and treats it as if it were contemporary music and skates a wonderfully razored line of innovation and reverence that moves from mere academic inquiry -- something to despise in classical music -- into a terrain of mystery, depth, and an ambiguous austerity that actually feels like the music of prayer. So often, either the music director or the technical gifts of individual singers bury the soul of a medieval manuscript under technique and the secular sheen of primary academic indulgence. Here, despite the presence of truly inspiring vocal gifts -- being able to shape a stark musical line with warmth and aplomb while adding structure and aesthetic form to a series of works that were separate until the present recording -- the texts themselves and their prayerful intention are given full expression by this wonderful group. Their treatment of Moody's Words of the Angel (a young composer of 37 who studied with John Tavener and belongs to the Orthodox Church) is offered the same reverential space, placing it in a timeless continuum with the other works here that are centuries older. The projected polyphony takes the Eastern motifs and weaves them seamlessly into the earlier medieval ideal without perverting or altering in any way the composer's intentions. Only time will tell, of course, but Words of the Angel, with its inspiring performance and heartfelt, mystical longings, will most likely become a recording of reference for decades to come. ~ Thom Jurek



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Works Details

>Anonymous, English : Alma mater/Ante thorum
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Notes: This selection is sung in English and Greek.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Chant, Gregorian : Ave donna santissima
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Language: Greek
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Chant, Gregorian : Salve mater misericordiae
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Flemish : Messe de Tournai :: Kyrie (Tournai Mass)
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1330
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Flemish : Messe de Tournai :: Gloria (Tournai Mass)
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1330
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Italian : Laude novella
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 12th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, English : Benedicta es celorum
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, English : Mater Christi nobilis
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, English : De spineto nata rosa
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : Salve Virgo Virginum, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Flemish : Messe de Tournai :: Credo (Tournai Mass)
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1330
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, English : Stella maris illustrans omnia
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Italian : Venite a Laudare
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, English : In excelsis gloria
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Flemish : Messe de Tournai :: Sanctus (Tournai Mass)
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1330
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, English : O ceteris preamabilis, sequence
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : Agnus Dei
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Cortona Codex : Oi me lasso
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Moody, Ivan : Words of the Angel, for vocal trio
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Chant, Gregorian : Ite missa est (Tornai Mass)
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio