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Folk Songs / Trio Mediaeval


Release Date: 10/16/2007 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 000988802   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalLillebjorn NilsenAnonymous
Performer:  Birger MistereggenAnna Maria FrimanLinn Andrea FuglsethTorunn Ostrem Ossum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


FOLK SONGS Trio Mediaeval; Birger Mistereggen (perc) ECM 000988802 (61: 45)

"This wonderful trio of Scandinavian women, based in Oslo, has long tantalized audiences with samplings of Norwegian folk songs. Here, at last, is a full helping, infectious and addictive, as warm or meditative lyricism alternates with joyous friskiness." -- Jim Oestreich, The New York Times


"As we in the northern hemisphere enter into the dark days of winter, it's the right time to put the
Read more haunting, yet beautiful music of Trio Medieaval's Folk Songs in our music players and let the sound waft over us until the spine-tingling sensations of the vibrations in our ears makes us shiver. Perhaps that might help to keep warm, if the warmth of joy in our hearts at hearing such beautiful music isn't enough." -- Anna Creech, Boston Globe

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If classical radio cooperates, I think this is going to be a hit—bigger, in fact, than Trio Mediaeval’s three former CDs combined. It isn’t a “better” CD than its predecessors are. It’s just that it seems destined to hit listeners in the old part of their brains where genetic memories of sitting around a fire and roasting a deer reside. Whether or not they are of Scandinavian ancestry, listeners will respond to this music, which can give warmth to seemingly endless winter nights. (Having lived in Sweden for a time, I can say from experience that one’s outlook on life changes when the sun rises pallidly at 10:00 in the morning, and sets again four hours later.)


This is quite a departure from the Trio’s earlier CDs, of course, but the performance standard remains very high. The control over tone production that the singers exert in Gjendines bådnlåt (“Gjendine’s Lullaby”), for example, is positively hypnotic. (Lullabies play a prominent role on this CD, and are associated with some of the most trance-like and trance-inducing singing.) Here, one can hear the drones that Fuglseth alluded to in my interview with her. The more outgoing songs make at least this listener want to dance, but even in these, one can hear how perfectly the three women have tuned their voices and matched their vibratos—nothing has been left to chance, even if the music on “Folk Songs” sounds more informal than anything Trio Mediaeval has recorded before. Each of the women is given a solo number as well—a nice opportunity to match a sound to a name. Sometimes the songs have no texts, except for nonsense syllables. Bruremarsj frå Gudbrandsdalen (“Wedding March from Gudbrandsdalen”) is an example of this, as is Springdans frå Vestfold (“Dance from Vestfold”). This is known as “tralling.” It is a characteristic of Norwegian folk music (although there are similar devices in music from other cultures), and it is charming to hear these three women take it so seriously and perform it so naturally.


Percussion instruments have been used in several of the songs to good effect. Sometimes it’s a drum, sometimes a jew’s harp, and sometimes just a hint of waves breaking on the shore, or (as in Solbønn , or “Sun-prayer”), a lonely, high-pitched note, as if someone were running his or her fingers along the rim of a wine glass. Nothing is overdone on this CD. I am guessing the restraint comes from the classical training that these musicians received, but the joy, sincerity, and reverence that they bring to this music cannot be taught in a conservatory.


The booklet note provides listeners with a good introduction to this music, and there are English texts to all the songs—those with actual words, anyway! As is often the case with ECM, this disc was recorded in Propstei St. Gerold. The echoey warmth added by this venue is just right for the repertoire.


“Folk Songs” would make an excellent gift for many music-lovers, so my recommendation is to buy two copies: one for you, and one to give away on a special occasion. Alternately ethereal and warmly corporeal, it’s a delight through and through. It might even make you want to play in the snow.
Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gullmand went off to a feast "Little Child" by Traditional
Performer:  Birger Mistereggen (Jew's Harp), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano),
Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Tone Krohn. 
2.
Rest now, sweet child, mother's spinning blue thread by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Tone Krohn. 
3.
Villemann And Magnhild by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano),
Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Linn Andrea Fuglseth. 
4.
The Thieves "Steinfinn and Ståle" by Traditional
Performer:  Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano),
Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Linn Andrea Fuglseth. 
5.
Now the sun sets, and evening spreads peace by Traditional
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Birger Mistereggen (Jew's Harp), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano),
Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Linn Andrea Fuglseth. 
6.
In My Reckless, Youthful Days by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano),
Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Andrew Smith. 
7.
Gjendine's Lullaby by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano),
Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Linn Andrea Fuglseth. 
8.
Gudbrandsdalen Wedding March by Traditional
Performer:  Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano),
Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Tone Krohn. 
9.
The Song of Roland "Six men stayed home" by Traditional
Performer:  Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano),
Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Linn Andrea Fuglseth. 
10.
May the sun shine upon my children "Sun-Prayer" by Traditional
Performer:  Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Birger Mistereggen (Jew's Harp), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
11.
I know a castle in heaven above by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Linn Andrea Fuglseth. 
12.
All The Earth Now Rests In Peace by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano),
Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
13.
Vestfold Spring Dance by Traditional
Performer:  Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano),
Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Tone Krohn. 
14.
I Don't Think Much Of Those Boys by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano),
Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Tiriltunga Vocal Trio. 
15.
Beloved Jerusalem's yearning implores me by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Tone Krohn. 
16.
Till, Till Tove by Traditional
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Birger Mistereggen (Percussion),
Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Tone Krohn. 
17.
Lova, lova Line by Traditional
Performer:  Birger Mistereggen (Jew's Harp), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano),
Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Linn Andrea Fuglseth. 
18.
Danse, ikke grate na by Lillebjorn Nilsen
Performer:  Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano),
Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Arranger: Linn Andrea Fuglseth. 
19.
The Day of Joy by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano),
Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
20.
Saviour of the Nations, Come by Traditional
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Birger Mistereggen (Percussion), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano),
Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Date of Recording: 2/2007 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 

Featured Sound Samples

Villemann And Magnhild
Gudbrandsdalen Wedding March
Vestfold Spring Dance
I Don't Think Much Of Those Boys
Till, Till Tove

Sound Samples

Det Lisle Banet (The Little Child)
So Ro, Godt Barn (Rest Now, Sweet Child)
Villemann Og Magnhild (Villemann And Magnhild)
Tjovane (The Thieves)
Nu Solen Gar Ned (The Sun Is Setting)
I Mine Kate Ungdomsdagar (In My Reckless, Youthful Days)
Gjendines Badnlat (Gjendine's Lullaby)
Bruremarsj Fra Gudbrandsdalen (Wedding March From Gudbrandsdalen)
Rolandskvadet (The Song Of Roland)
Solbonn (Sun-prayer)
Eg Veit I Himmerik Ei Borg (I Know A Stronghold In Heaven)
Nu Vilar Hela Jorden (All The Earth Now Rests In Peace)
Springdans Fra Vestfold (Dance From Vestfold)
Eg Aktar Inkje (I Don't Think Much Of Those Boys)
Den Elskte Jerusalem (Beloved Jerusalem)
Till, Till Tove
Lova Line
Danse, Ikke Grate Na (Dance, Do Not Cry Now)
Den Signete Dag (The Day Of Joy)
Folkefrelsar, Til Oss Kom (Saviour Of The Nations, Come)

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