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Trio Mediaeval: A Worcester Ladymass | ECM New Series 4764215

Trio Mediaeval: A Worcester Ladymass

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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4764215

Barcode: 0028947642152

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 21st February 2011

Contents

Artists

Trio Mediaeval

Artists

Trio Mediaeval

About

The first new Trio Mediaeval album in four years (since Folk Songs), and the first since Stella Maris (2005) to feature medieval sacred music, 'A Worcester Ladymass' presents a reconstruction of a 13th century votive Mass to the Virgin Mary, based on manuscripts and fragments originating in a Benedictine Abbey in the English Midlands. Inserted amid the medieval music are a Credo and Benedicamus Domino specially written for this programme by Gavin Bryars, one of several leading contemporary composers who have championed the Trio.

The old and the new, literally and conceptually, intermingle in the work of this vocal ensemble. “We feel that performing mediaeval music today gives us the freedom to let our imagination and ideas flow, as though we are creating contemporary music”, says Anna Maria Friman. In this spirit, the group explores the polyphonic movements of the Mass, the intricately interweaving voices of motets and the declamatory tone of the Conductus.

The Trio Mediaeval, founded in Oslo in 1997, made a powerful impact in 2001 when their ECM debut, Words of the Angel, was released, and have been going from strength to strength ever since. Their highly distinctive “Scandinavian” vocal sound has brought something fresh and original to the performance of sacred music.

The word ‘mellifluous’ might almost have been coined to describe the distinctively pure, cool sound of Trio Mediaeval’s three female voices. It has an alluring quality all its own, which makes everything they sing – from the earliest polyphony to newly composed pieces which, to some extent, inhabit the same sound-world – wonderfully rewarding to listen to.” - Daily Telegraph

Tracks:
1. Salve sancta parens
2. Kyrie
3. Gloria
4. Munda Maria
5. Sponsa rectoris omnium
6. O sponsa Dei electa
7. O Maria virgo pia
8. Benedicta / Virgo Dei genitrix
9. Credo (Gavin Bryars, 2008)
10. Felix namque
11. Salve rosa florum
12. Grata iuvencula
13. Inviolata integra mater
14. De supernis sedibus
15. Dulciflua tua memoria
16. Sanctus
17. Agnus Dei
18. Beata viscera
19. Alma Dei genitrix
20. Benedicamus Domino (Gavin Bryars, 2008)

Trio Mediaeval:
- Anna Maria Friman
- Linn Andrea Fuglseth
- Torunn Østrem Ossum

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