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, 'Aquilonis'.
On this recording 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 realising 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 12th-century ItalianRead more chant and sings 15th-century English carols, with timeless Scandinavian folk melodies in the air, too.
From our contemporary age come pieces by the Swede Anders Jormin (best known as a leading jazz bassist), 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".
The album was recorded, like all Trio Mediaeval's previous five, at the monastery of St Gerold in the Austrian Alps - in June 2014 with Manfred Eicher producing. It's the first of the trio's discs to feature soprano Berit Opheim, alongside Anna Maria Friman and Linn Andrea Fulsgeth. Read less
Works on This Recording
Ecce quod naturaby Anonymous Orchestra/Ensemble:
Period: Renaissance Written: 15th Century
Beautiful, SpiritualJanuary 9, 2015By Kathy Greenholdt (Chicago, IL)See All My Reviews"I love this album and have listened to it many times already. The arrangements and combined voices are beautiful, haunting, spiritual."Report Abuse