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A Worcester Ladymass / Trio Mediaeval


Release Date: 03/15/2011 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 001529802   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousGavin Bryars
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem OssumAnna Maria FrimanLinn Andrea Fuglseth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Whatever possesses humans to refine the art of singing to such a level of sonorous purity and expressive simplicity as exemplified by the three women of Trio Mediaeval? This cannot be explained by some biological evolutionary process or higher-level survival mechanism, but there is no question that the effect of hearing such music, so unadorned, lucid, and sincere, touches something special and mysterious in the humans fortunate enough to be within listening range. We've experienced this sort of miraculous "sound effect" in the vocal world before--from small ensembles such as the Hilliard Ensemble and Anonymous 4--but it is rare and assuredly (clearly evidenced by this trio's concert
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This new release at its core presents a possible setting of a Ladymass--"a votive Mass to the Virgin Mary"--with movements of polyphony and other plainchant-based music assembled from the 13th- and 14th-century manuscript fragments residing at Worcester Cathedral in western England. As sung by Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, and Torunn Østrem Ossum, the ancient polyphony floats, weaves, soars, and descends, praying, praising, meditating, uplifting. The unison plainchant Agnus Dei is accompanied--to eerie, other-worldly effect--by melody chimes; a sung open-fifth drone supports solo voice in the Communion plainchant Alma Dei genitrix.

Because there is no Credo that survives among the Worcester fragments, composer Gavin Bryars was asked to supply one that would "maintain the same ethos and be accepted" as part of the Ladymass "...without any sense of incongruity." Bryars has done this sort of thing before, for this same group, and his setting, while it contains some obvious "modern" (harmonic) elements, retains the chant foundation of the original form and successfully joins the early movements into a totally congruous whole. Bryars also added a new Benedicamus Domino ("Let us bless the Lord"), which closes the Mass and the recording; it's a lovely little gem, lasting slightly more than a minute, whose harmonies perfectly exploit the singers' voices at their most radiant and vibrant. The sound, from the ideal acoustics of Propstei St. Gerold, a Benedictine monastery in Austria where Trio Mediaeval has recorded previously, captures the beauty and truth of these performances as well as we can imagine. Highly recommended.

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

1. Salve sancta parens by Anonymous
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1350; England 
2. Kyrie by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
3. Gloria by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
4. Munda Maria by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
5. Sponsa rectoris omnium by Anonymous
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
6. O sponsa dei electa by Anonymous
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1350; England 
7. O Maria virgo pia by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
8. Virgo Dei genitrix by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
9. Credo by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
10. Felix Namque by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
11. Salve rosa florum by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
12. Grata iuvencula by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
13. Inviolata integra mater by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
14. De supernis sedibus by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
15. Dulciflua tua memoria by Anonymous
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
16. Sanctus by Anonymous
Performer:  Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
17. Agnus Dei by Anonymous
Performer:  Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
18. Beata viscera by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1300; England 
19. Alma dei genitrix by Anonymous
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
20. Benedicamus Domino by Gavin Bryars
Performer:  Linn Andrea Fuglseth (Soprano), Anna Maria Friman (Soprano), Torunn Ostrem Ossum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Mediaeval

Featured Sound Samples

Salve sancta parens (Anonymous)
Agnus Dei (Anonymous)

Sound Samples

A Worcester Ladymass: Salve sancta parens
A Worcester Ladymass: Kyrie
A Worcester Ladymass: Gloria
A Worcester Ladymass: Munda Maria
A Worcester Ladymass: Sponsa rectoris omnium
A Worcester Ladymass: O sponsa Dei electa
A Worcester Ladymass: O Maria virgo pia
A Worcester Ladymass: Benedicta / Virgo Dei genitrix
A Worcester Ladymass: Credo
A Worcester Ladymass: Felix namque
A Worcester Ladymass: Salve rosa florum
A Worcester Ladymass: Grata iuvencula
A Worcester Ladymass: Inviolata integra mater
A Worcester Ladymass: De supernis sedibus
A Worcester Ladymass: Dulciflua tua memoria
A Worcester Ladymass: Sanctus
A Worcester Ladymass: Agnus Dei
A Worcester Ladymass: Beata viscera
A Worcester Ladymass: Alma Dei genitrix
A Worcester Ladymass: Benedicamus Domino

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