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Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

No genre breakdown this year. I've included every release that I rated at 4.5 stars or better, plus a number of 4 star reviews (that was the hard part, as there were lots of those). ECM had an exceptionally strong year, and I had trouble limiting my selection even this much. This is a chronological list, ...

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, ...

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 ...