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Soir Dit Elle - Words Of The Angel / Trio Mediaeval


Release Date: 01/29/2002 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 461782   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousIvan Moody
Performer:  Linn Andrea FuglsethAnna Maria FrimanTorunn Ostrem Ossum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Okay, it's inevitable that listeners to this outstanding CD will compare it to recordings by the world's most renowned female early music vocal ensemble, Anonymous 4. All I can say is that if you like the Anonymous 4 sound and its medieval chant/early polyphony repertoire, you'll certainly enjoy this. But if Anonymous 4's sound is the embodiment of clarity and purity of tone, Trio Mediaeval's is more varied shades of color, with timbres that are less-filtered and more overtly individual. Where Anonymous 4 uncannily and remarkably sounds as one voice, Trio Mediaeval is clearly three. And yet, this group is every bit as unified in interpretive nuance, in breathing, and in phrasing as that illustrious
Read more quartet. Indeed, as the liner notes remind us, the Tournai mass--a 14th-century compilation of anonymous polyphonic musical settings of the "ordinary" texts--would not have been sung by women. However, when you hear it performed by these singers--Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, and Torunn Østrem Ossum--you forget all about whatever official restrictions the church hierarchy may have imposed on the performance of liturgical music hundreds of years ago, and you just appreciate how perfectly suited these compositions are for treble voices, especially ones of such refinement and sensitivity.

Trio Mediaeval infuses all of its performances with lots of energy, movement, and rhythmic impulse. These are not interpretations that seek to live in some distant, mystical past, but rather are very much in the present, charged with life and guided by modern tendencies toward more overt expression. These more individual expressive gestures are evident most of all in the selections that are interspersed between the mass movements--anonymous songs, both polyphonic and single-voice--that range from the dance-like In excelsis gloria to the strangely beautiful Benedicta es celorum where the highest voice sometimes sounds more like a soloist with accompaniment.

Most intriguing--and worth the price of the CD--is Ivan Moody's Words of the Angel, a work written in 1998 for Trio Mediaeval that shows just how ancient part-writing techniques allied with a modern, adventurous sense of harmony and a creative spirit unfettered by traditional rules can produce a work of sublime, stunning beauty. The engineering couldn't be more complementary to the vibrant timbres and lively presence of these three singers and their structurally simple yet timelessly affecting music. The only readily available alternative to Trio Mediaeval's Tournai Mass is the interpretively idiosyncratic yet deeply personal version by the all-male Ensemble Organum on Harmonia Mundi. Its quirky sincerity is more than matched by the emotion conveyed in Trio Mediaeval's more straightforward realization--enhanced by the addition of Moody's little masterpiece.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Alma mater/Ante thorum by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Ave donna santissima by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. De spineto nata rosa by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Salve virgo virginum by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Stella maris illustrans omnia by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6. Venite a laudare by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 15th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. In excelsis gloria by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8. O ceteris preamabilis by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9. Oi me lasso by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. Mater Christi nobilis by Anonymous
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Words of an Angel by Ivan Moody
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in English and Greek. 
12. Messe de Tournai: Kyrie by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Greek 
13. Messe de Tournai: Gloria by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14. Messe de Tournai: Credo by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15. Messe de Tournai: Sanctus by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16. Messe de Tournai: Agnus Dei by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
17. Messe de Tournai: Ite, missa est by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
18. Salve mater by Anonymous
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
19. Laude novella sia cantata by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20. Benedicta es by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Gönningen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Alma mater - Ante thorum
Ave donna santissima
Salve mater misericordie
La Messe de Tournai: 1. Kyrie
La Messe de Tournai: 2. Gloria
Lauda novella
Benedicta es celorum
Mater Christi nobilis
De spineto nata rosa
Salve virgo virginum
La Messe de Tournai: 3. Credo
Stella maris
Venite a laudare
In excelsis gloria
La Messe de Tournai: 4. Sanctus
O ceteris preambulis
La Messe de Tournai: 5. Agnus Dei
Oi me lasso
Words Of The Angel
La Messe de Tournai: 6. Ite missa est

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