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Soir, Dit-elle - Bryars, Power, Smith, Etc / Trio Mediaeval


Release Date: 01/27/2004 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 000184702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Oleh HarkavyyLeonel PowerGavin BryarsIvan Moody,   ... 
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem OssumLinn Andrea FuglsethAnna Maria Friman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


One thing we are learning as groups such as Trio Mediaeval range farther from the familiar central figures and most oft-turned manuscript pages of early music repertoire is that this territory can be as engaging and musically rewarding as found in any of the more highly exalted realms. Here, in the trio's second release for ECM we are treated to a mass by 15th-century English composer Leonel Power who, along with John Dunstable played a leading role in English music of the period (many of his works are found in the Old Hall Manuscript). While his style is rooted in conventional practice, Power never stays long in the confines of expectation, exemplified in sudden Gesualdo-like harmonic surprises and
Read more elastic rhythmic schemes, which certainly will keep today's listeners involved, much as it must have enthralled scores of 15th-century congregants!

As opposed to Trio Mediaeval's earlier disc, this one primarily features modern pieces, but these are works with close ties to ancient forms and styles--and of course, not just anyone can successfully meld old and new, finding a modern context for the directness and unadorned refinement of early sacred music (witness John Tavener's contrived, pretentious, self-indulgent efforts, for example). Gavin Bryars is one of the few composers who seems to innately sense such a manner and method, and his Ave regina gloriosa (Lauda VII) is a classic example, perfectly rendered for the voices of Trio Mediaeval. As the program progresses--Power's mass movements interspersed with new works by Bryars, Andrew Smith, and Ivan Moody--we can't help but be impressed by how seamlessly these old and new pieces (all of the latter written especially for these singers) flow one to the next and how effectively they complement each other.

When we arrive at Ivan Moody's A Lion's Sleep, however, we appreciate certain clues to its 21st century origin while remaining solidly in a medieval harmonic and textually expressive idiom. It's an ingenious and memorable piece that we're sure to hear in the trio's upcoming concert programs. These singers once again prove their formidable technical capabilities while maintaining their trademark rich-colored blend--and the program's variety is enhanced with solo turns by each of the three singers. The sound is ideal.

My only gripe is with the rather lame defense by John Potter (who produced the CD) as to the absence of text translations. Although he claims that literal translations of texts "channel listeners' attention into meanings that are no longer there", and suggests that the texts today don't mean what they did in the contexts in which they originally were sung, the fact is, by themselves "Laude novella sia cantata" or "Ave donna santissima" will mean nothing to most modern listeners, and to claim that we somehow will be misled if we have a literal translation of these texts is absolute nonsense. Would Potter (for whom I otherwise have the utmost respect) have us accept the notion that if a text is of a certain age or is somehow contextually removed from the immediate present we should forget about translating or otherwise trying to understand it? So because we no longer speak Latin, we shouldn't bother to translate anything in that language? Please, Mr. Potter, just give us the translation. I think we can handle it.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Kyrie by Oleh Harkavyy
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Greek 
2.
Missa "Alma redemptoris mater": Gloria by Leonel Power
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Laude novella by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Ave regina gloriosa by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Missa "Alma redemptoris mater": Credo by Leonel Power
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Ave donna santissima by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Missa "Alma redemptoris mater": Sanctus by Leonel Power
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
The Troparion of Kassiani by Ivan Moody
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in English and Greek. 
9.
Venite a laudare by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Missa "Alma redemptoris mater": Agnus Dei by Leonel Power
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Alma Redemptoris mater by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
A Lion's Sleep by Ivan Moody
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in English and Greek. 
13.
Ave Maria gratia plena by Andrew Smith
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Norway 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14.
Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia by Andrew Smith
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Mezzo Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; Norway 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Kyrie
Missa "Alma redemptoris mater": Gloria
Laude novella
Ave regina gloriosa
Missa "Alma redemptoris mater": Credo
Ave Maria
Regina caeli
Ave donna santissima
Missa "Alma redemptoris mater": Sanctus
The Troparion of Kassiani
Venite a laudare
A Lion´s Sleep
Missa "Alma redemptoris mater": Agnus Dei
Alma redemptoris mater

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