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Triphonia
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72385   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousMartin CodaxTraditionalGaby Bultmann,   ... 
Performer:  Triphonia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Magical atmosphere from the long-lost but not so distant Middle-Ages.

Triphonia – Ensemble for Medieval Music Berlin, is a trio which in genuine period style, not only sing but also play all of the percussion, harps, recorders and stringed instruments which go with our current perceptions of how this music should sound, or may have sounded in medieval Europe. This programme brings us into the world of “woman’s songs”, which was a popular tradition at the time, covering subjects of love, family relationships and nature in accessible language. This is however not to say that the music was written by women, and with none of the attributed composers here being female, the fact is that almost all of the surviving examples if
Read more this genre are written by men in the female ‘voice’: from the feminine point of view, exploring worlds of expression while avoiding the more typical subjects of the male adoration of the lady in the artistic courtly tradition.

The programme here is divided nicely into themes and subjects. The general colour of sound is fairly similar throughout, but changes in the character of the music are made clearly, from the almost sea-shanty nature of the Seraphic Ballad Tres hermanicas eran, to the Chanson de toile later on – both types of song usually descriptive of typical handwork activities such as spinning or sewing, but with the former telling a more fairytale story of three sisters. The recorders also have a nice improvisatory section, imitating birdsong in Blôzen wir den anger ligen sâhen.

La Malmariée is a significant French genre which deals with the subject of unhappy marriage. As in the lively dance Trop est mes maris jalos, this is often within the framework of a young woman yearning for her young and handsome lover while trapped in an arranged marriage to a jealous older husband. The lament is of course an ancient and enduring subject for musical expression, and the mournful sliding lines of the motet Endurez, endurez les dous mas d’amer brig us straight into that minor key world of loss and grief.

The final part of the programme, ‘Celestial Love’, draws its material from devotional songs dedicated to religious expressions of love for Christ and God. Some of these have survived only in text, and appropriate melodies from the same period have been used to bring them to life. The celestial character of the music is emphasised by a delicate halo of sound from the harp and psalter or bells, and the gentle ecstasy of devotional expression is beautifully portrayed.

With detailed and informative booklet notes by Amanda Simmons and all of the song texts given in English and German translation from the originals, this CD comes with its chunky information housed next to the jewel case in a cardboard sleeve. The charming performances are recorded with superb transparency, and you can easily lose yourself in this verdant garden of expressive music from a long-lost age. The interest for me is not only in medieval ‘period’ repertoire presented here, but also in tracing influences which can be found today in the living folk music tradition, and in the music of composers like Arvo Pärt and John Tavener. There is also a sense in which the musics of this ‘early’ period has closer global affinity than one might expect, with influences from traditional music from the Mediterranean and beyond lending themes to northern European creativity, and the instrumental colours sometimes even suggesting a whiff of the exotic east. Triphonia create a magical atmosphere with this recording, and the whole thing is a delight from beginning to end.

-- Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Endurez, endurez les dous mas d'amer, motet by Anonymous
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Cantigas (7) de amigo: Miña imana fremosa iredes comigo by Martin Codax
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1230; Galicia 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Trois serors sor rive mer, motet by Anonymous
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
Tres hermanicas eran by Traditional
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Endurez, endurez les dous mas d'amer, estampie for ensemble by Gaby Bultmann
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Bele Yolanz en ses chambres seoit, chanson by Anonymous
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7.
Bele Aelis par matin se leva by Anonymous
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
8.
Blozen wir den anger ligen sahen by Neidhart von Reuenthal
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval  
Written: Germany 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9.
Trop est mes Maris Jalos by Etienne de Meaux
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10.
Procurans odium, CB 12 by Anonymous
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11.
Onques n'amai tant que jou fui amée, rondeau-motet by Richard De Fournival
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12.
Ich was ein chint so wolgetan, CB 185 by Anonymous
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
13.
God de bat eyn zelelin, song (from the Rostocker Liederbuch) by Anonymous
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
14.
Cantiga de Santa María 94, Da vergonna nos guardar by Alfonso X (El Sabio)
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
15.
Ik drage an mynes herten grunt, song (from the Liederbuch der Anna von Köln) by Anonymous
Performer:  Triphonia (Trio)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Triphonia
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  St. Albertus Magnus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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