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Aquilonis / Trio Mediaeval


Release Date: 11/24/2014 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 002215502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousLinn Andrea FuglsethAnders JorminAndrew Smith,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Italian
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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.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ecce quod natura by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
2.
Benedicti e laudati by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; Italy 
3.
Ave rex angelorum by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
4.
Ave maris stella by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
5.
Alleluia, A newe werk by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Klokkeljom by Linn Andrea Fuglseth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Notes: Written in collaboration with Anna Maria Friman and Berit Opheim 
7.
Ama by Anders Jormin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
8.
Ioseph fili David by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
9.
Ave regina caelorum by Andrew Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
10.
Morgonljos by Anna Maria Friman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Notes: Written in collaboration with Linn Andrea Fuglseth. 
11.
Fammi cantar l'amor by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: 13th century 
12.
Gud unde oss her at leve sĺ by Ola Vanberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
13.
Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
14.
Fryd dig, du Kristi brud by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
15.
I hamrinum by Berit Opheim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Notes: Written in collaborationa with Anna Maria Friman. 
16.
Vale, dulcis amice by William Brooks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
17.
Office of Saint Thorlak by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Notes: Arrangement: Trio Mediaeval 

Customer Reviews

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 Beautiful, Spiritual January 9, 2015 By 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
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