Soir, Dit-Elle

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Trio Mediaeval, the all-female a cappella vocal ensemble, burst onto the early music scene in 2002 with a well-received debut album, Words of the Angel, that mingled early polyphony with a haunting contemporary composition by Ivan Moody. Soir, dit-elle, the trio's equally fine and similarly titled sophomore release, turns that relationship on its head: Here, only one piece of early music -- Leonel Power's 15th-century Mass "Alma redemptoris mater" -- frames a program of contemporary works by Moody, Gavin Bryars, Andrew Smith, and Oleh Harkavyy that were written for the group. Yet as before, the new music reveals a strong affinity with the old. In fact, the opening Kyrie ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Trio Mediaeval, the all-female a cappella vocal ensemble, burst onto the early music scene in 2002 with a well-received debut album, Words of the Angel, that mingled early polyphony with a haunting contemporary composition by Ivan Moody. Soir, dit-elle, the trio's equally fine and similarly titled sophomore release, turns that relationship on its head: Here, only one piece of early music -- Leonel Power's 15th-century Mass "Alma redemptoris mater" -- frames a program of contemporary works by Moody, Gavin Bryars, Andrew Smith, and Oleh Harkavyy that were written for the group. Yet as before, the new music reveals a strong affinity with the old. In fact, the opening Kyrie by Harkavyy, with its piquant dissonances and quaint syncopations, could pass unsuspected as medieval polyphony. Likewise, Bryars' lovely series of Laude -- three of which are sung solo by successive members of the trio -- would ring a bell with early-modern ears. Less so the music of Moody "The Troparion of Kassiani," "A Lion's Sleep" and Smith "Ave Maria," "Regina caeli", in which the harmonic language is more up-to-date. But still, the austerity of mood and texture forms an entirely fitting complement to the early music. As for Power's Mass, it is one of the glories of English Renaissance music, and the trio sing it exquisitely -- if early polyphony is your thing, you won't find better than this. And those looking for some early music served up with a sense of adventure and exploration will find much to relish in Soir, dit-elle as well.
All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The pure voices of Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, and Torunn Østrem Ossum combine to make Trio Mediaeval a sensation among early music fans. Yet Soir, dit-elle is largely an album of contemporary works written especially for this group by such active composers as Gavin Bryars, Ivan Moody, Andrew Smith, and Oleh Harkavyy. With the exception of the late medieval "Missa Alma redemptoris mater" by Leonel Power and the twelfth century chant on which it is based, the works are modern imitations in the medieval ecclesiastical style. Despite the trio's beautiful harmonies and the restful calm of its performances, the program is possibly too homogeneous and subdued for any but the most ardent devotees of chant or seekers of music for meditation. That modern composers choose to mimic ancient music -- rather too obviously, with a great profusion of fauxbourdons and Landini cadences -- is a sticking point for those who might wish for something more original and daring. Listeners will find little spice in the selections, which are modal and only mildly dissonant. Moody's "Troparion of Kassiani" and "A Lion's Sleep" are the most adventurous in their progressions, though conservative tastes are unlikely to be offended, for the music flows smoothly and the album's sacred ambience is never disrupted.
Gramophone
A beautiful, century-spanning collection merges seamlessly in gorgeous singing.

A beautiful, century-spanning collection merges seamlessly in gorgeous singing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 028947612414
  • Catalog Number: 000184702
  • Sales rank: 158,010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kyrie, for 3 voices - Manfred Eicher & Oleh Harkavyy (4:12)
    Composed byOleh Harkavyy
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  2. 2 Missa Alma redemptoris mater: Kyrie - Leonel Power & Manfred Eicher (4:31)
    Composed byLeonel Power
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  3. 3 Laude (3), for solo voice: Laude novella (Lauda II) - Manfred Eicher & Gavin Bryars (3:10)
    Composed byGavin Bryars
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  4. 4 Ave regina gloriosa (Lauda VII), for 3 voices - Manfred Eicher & Gavin Bryars (3:57)
    Composed byGavin Bryars
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  5. 5 Missa Alma redemptoris mater: Credo - Leonel Power & Manfred Eicher (6:25)
    Composed byLeonel Power
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  6. 6 Ave Maria, for 3 voices - Manfred Eicher & Andrew Smith (2:42)
    Composed byAndrew Smith
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  7. 7 Regina caeli, for 3 voices - Manfred Eicher & Andrew Smith (2:29)
    Composed byAndrew Smith
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  8. 8 Laude (3), for solo voice: Ave donna santissima (Lauda III) - Manfred Eicher & Gavin Bryars (3:00)
    Composed byGavin Bryars
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  9. 9 Missa Alma redemptoris mater: Sanctus - Leonel Power & Manfred Eicher (4:59)
    Composed byLeonel Power
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  10. 10 The Troparion of Kassiani, for 3 voices - Manfred Eicher & Ivan Moody (5:39)
    Composed byIvan Moody
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  11. 11 Laude (3), for solo voice: Venite a laudare (Lauda I) - Manfred Eicher & Gavin Bryars (3:32)
    Composed byGavin Bryars
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman, Anna Maria Friman
  12. 12 A Lion's Sleep, for 3 voices - Ivan Moody & Elizabeth Barrett Browning (9:36)
    Composed byIvan Moody
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  13. 13 Missa Alma redemptoris mater: Agnus Dei - Leonel Power & Manfred Eicher (6:04)
    Composed byLeonel Power
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
  14. 14 Alma Redemptoris Mater - Manfred Eicher & Gregorian Chant (2:29)
    Composed byGregorian Chant
    Performed byLinn Andrea Fuglseth, Torunn Ostrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Angelic sounds

    I first encountered this group today while I was listening to the radio. I have since then purchased their cd and listened to it constantly. This is beauty of song, voice, and harmony that is rivaled by none. I have no doubt that this is what angels sound like when they sing.

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