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Album Review

Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen: Rímur

Read "Rímur" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Rímur are songs in the unique Icelandic tradition of rhyming narrative verse. Transmitted orally for centuries, in the twentieth century they were recorded and transcribed by ethnographers and folk song collectors. They form part of the inspiration for this music, along with chants, folk songs, religious hymns, and fiddle tunes. There's also an emphasis on improvisation, in collaboration with trumpeter Arve Henriksen. While the Norwegian singers and trumpeter have often performed together in live settings, their only previous recording was ...

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Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen: Rímur

Read "Rímur" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Rímur is a collection of seventeen chants, hymns, folk songs and improvisations based on ancient Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish sources, brought into our contemporary way of sensing by singer/violinist Anna Maria Friman, singers Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Berit Opheim, and eminent trumpeter Arve Henriksen. The music of this album is a clear example of the deep-rooted migrational nature of our local existence. It is music of a remote past, marked by radically different life conditions. It is music ...

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Trio Mediaeval: A Worcester Ladymass

Read "A Worcester Ladymass" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Cobbled together from the scraps and remnants left from Henry VII's 1536-41 dissolution of Catholic Monasteries, this Worcester Ladymass ("Ladymass"--Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin, in this particular case for the Feast of the Assumption, August 15) was studiously assembled by Nicky Losseff, the music editor for the Norse Trio Mediaeval. Research revealed that neither a Credo (I believe recitation of the Apostles' Creed) or Benedictamus Domino (Let us bless the Lord) were present among the fragments and so, ...

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Live Review

Trio Mediaeval: Toronto, Canada, March 23, 2011

Read "Trio Mediaeval: Toronto, Canada, March 23, 2011" reviewed by John Kelman


Trio Mediaeval with The Toronto ConsortSt. Anne's Anglican Church Toronto, Canada March 23, 2011 When there's the kind of chemistry that Trio Mediaeval has sharpened over the past decade, the loss of one of its singers--even if temporary--could be a recipe for, if not disaster, then, at least, a significant shift in its internal dynamics. With Anna Maria Friman on temporary hiatus, following the birth of twins last summer, the remaining vocalists--founder Linn Andrea Fuglseth ...

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Album Review

Trio Mediaeval: A Worcester Ladymass

Read "A Worcester Ladymass" reviewed by John Kelman


Aside from the detour of Folk Songs (ECM, 2007)--which looked to the traditional music of its own country, Norway--Trio Mediaeval has focused primarily on sacred music, dating as far back as the 12th century but, equally, as contemporary as the current millennium, using mass material from England, France, Italy...even modern-day Korea. Trio Mediaeval performs medieval music but, as singer Anna Maria Friman notes in the liners to A Worcester Ladymass, “free from obligations towards a certain system, and there are ...

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Album Review

Trio Mediaeval: Folk Songs

Read "Folk Songs" reviewed by Budd Kopman


ECM has always stretched the boundaries of jazz, and with its New Series champions much adventurous classical music, most newly composed. Trio Mediaeval's latest release, Folk Songs, an ethereal and haunting collection of Norwegian folk music, fits comfortably in neither. The Trio's three previous albums for ECM, Words of the Angel (2001), Soir, dit-elle (2004) and Stella Maris (2005), consisted of medieval polyphonic music surrounding contemporary compositions done a cappella, and they received much acclaim, reaching the ...

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Album Review

Trio Mediaeval: Folk Songs

Read "Folk Songs" reviewed by John Kelman


One of the most remarkable aspects of the Scandinavian music scene, no matter what the musical space, is how fluid it is, and how few borders exist--if any exist at all. Anything is possible. The three singers of Trio Mediaeval--Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Tornn Østrem Ossum--first emerged in the early part of the decade as interpreters of a classical repertoire, albeit one that ranged from early sacred music to the writing of contemporary composers including Gavin Bryars ...


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