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Soir, Dit-Elle

Album Summary

>Harkavyy, Oleh : Kyrie
>Power, Leonel : Missa Alma redemptoris mater
>Bryars, Gavin : Laude novella
>Bryars, Gavin : Ave regina gloriosa
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Ave Maria gratia plena
>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Regina caeli, for 3 voices
>Moody, Ivan : The Troparion of Kassiani, for 3 voices
>Moody, Ivan : A Lion's Sleep, for 3 voices
>Chant, Gregorian : Alma redemptoris mater, antiphon
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Scandinavian group Trio Mediaeval is adept at singing contemporary and early music. The uniqueness of their vocal sound has encouraged contemporary composers to write new music for them, as in the case here with pieces by Britons Gavin Bryars, Ivan Moody and Andrew Smith, as well as Ukrainian composer Oleh Harkavyy.

Notes & Reviews:

On their second album, this Swedish-Norwegian trio once more moves forward and back across the time's expanse with an ease that is startling to the listener. On Soir, Dit-Elle, Trio Mediæval create a space for disappearance, transformation, and emergence in performing a mass by 15th century composer Leonel Power before coursing through the works of 20th century masters such as Ivan Moody, Gavin Bryars, Andrew Smith, and Ukrainian composer Oleh Harkavyy. Soir, Dit-Elle, is a mirror image of the trio's debut album, Words of the Angel. While the former recording engaged anonymous laudes from as early as the 12th century and combined them with a mass written by Ivan Moody, here, it is Harkavyy 's "Kyrie," which bleeds into Powell's "Gloria," and opens onto the field of history itself. Powell is the only early-music contributor here, though his work is woven throughout the new pieces as a touchstone, a place in the mystical nature of sacred music through polyphony and chant and informs th rough the vioes of the trio, newer works it is interspersed with: Gavin Bryars uses original Marian texts for his Laudes and "Ave Regina" --before reverting back to Powell for his "Credo." In the sequential pieces Bryars again, then Andrew Smith, Powell, and Moody begin to shapeshift into one another, referencing and paying homage the history of religious music with the trio as their interlocutors. Here monophony and Caelian chant give way to polyphony in the works of Smith and Bryars. Individual timbres become a seamless single chorus as the singers chart the sketchy texts of Powell's score and encounter the Marian songs where petitions to the Mother of God for redemption from hatred, doubt, and salvation from war, as well as meditation upon the nature of the crucifixion, makes for a ground that emanates from the very heart of prayer. The pieces of Moody, Smith, and Harkavyy were all composed for the Trio Mediæval; their works were guided and inspired by original texts. Indeed, under John Potter's direction, these works break down not only time, but the distance usually associated with sacred music recorded in our time. There are no fissures, no determinable spaces or blurs. Everything is in continuum, in cycle, and the elemental mechanics of performance are left out of any visible field, leaving only the music itself -- full of timbral mystery and astonishing harmonic control -- directly in the listener's path of encounter. Soir, Dit-Elle, is, if possible, even stronger than Words of the Angel. While inverting the content and looking through another present era into the past, Trio Mediaeval has not bridged a gap, but created a wondrous whole, inseparable, awe-inspiring, and most definitely memorable. ~ Thom Jurek



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Works Details

>Harkavyy, Oleh : Kyrie
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002
  • Language: Greek
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Power, Leonel : Missa Alma redemptoris mater
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bryars, Gavin : Laude novella :: Laude novella (Lauda II)
  • Performers: Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bryars, Gavin : Ave regina gloriosa
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Power, Leonel : Missa Alma redemptoris mater
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Ave Maria gratia plena
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Smith, Andrew [Composer] : Regina caeli, for 3 voices
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bryars, Gavin : Laude novella :: Ave donna santissima (Lauda III)
  • Performers: Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Power, Leonel : Missa Alma redemptoris mater
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Notes: This selection is sung in English and Greek.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Moody, Ivan : The Troparion of Kassiani, for 3 voices
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bryars, Gavin : Laude novella :: Venite a laudare (Lauda I)
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Anna Friman (Soprano); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Moody, Ivan : A Lion's Sleep, for 3 voices
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Power, Leonel : Missa Alma redemptoris mater
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Chant, Gregorian : Alma redemptoris mater, antiphon
  • Performers: Trio Mediaeval (Trio); Linn Fuglseth (Soprano); Torunn Ossum (Soprano); Anna Friman (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Mediæval
  • Notes: This selection is sung in English and Greek.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Studio