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listen  1. Traditional: Alma mater - Ante thorumTrio Mediaeval 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Traditional: Ave donna santissimaLinn Andrea Fuglseth 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Traditional: Salve mater misericordieTrio Mediaeval 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Traditional: La Messe de Tournai - 1. KyrieTrio Mediaeval 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Traditional: La Messe de Tournai - 2. GloriaTrio Mediaeval 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Traditional: Lauda novellaTorunn Ostrem Ossum 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Traditional: Benedicta es celorumTrio Mediaeval 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Traditional: Mater Christi nobilisTrio Mediaeval 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Traditional: De spineto nata rosaTrio Mediaeval 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Traditional: Salve virgo virginumTrio Mediaeval 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Traditional: La Messe de Tournai - 3. CredoTrio Mediaeval 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Traditional: Stella marisTrio Mediaeval 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Traditional: Venite a laudareAnna Maria Friman 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Traditional: In excelsis gloriaTrio Mediaeval 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Traditional: La Messe de Tournai - 4. SanctusTrio Mediaeval 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Traditional: O ceteris preambulisTrio Mediaeval 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Traditional: La Messe de Tournai - 5. Agnus DeiTrio Mediaeval 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Traditional: Oi me lassoTrio Mediaeval 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Moody: Words Of The AngelTrio Mediaeval 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Traditional: La Messe de Tournai - 6. Ite missa estTrio Mediaeval 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Founded in 1997, Trio Mediaeval developed its unique repertory during intense periods of work at the Hilliard Summer Festivals in England and Germany between 1998 and 2000, then subsequently with Linda Hirst and John Potter. The American journal Stereophile marveled over the group’s “astonishingly beautiful voices… with individual timbres that nonetheless mingle seamlessly. ... Read more in Amazon's Trio Mediaeval Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B00005I451
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The 14th century "Tournai" Mass, consisting of a Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, and Ite missa est, is the first known complete polyphonic mass to come down to us. Its sections were probably written by different composers, and it's a stunning, fascinating look into early polyphony. This performance is combined with other pieces from the same period, as well as a five-minute piece by contemporary composer Ivan Moody, which--though clearly from six centuries later--blends to make this a gorgeous whole. If you like Anonymous 4, you're in for a real treat here. The three Scandinavian women who make up Trio Mediaeval have astonishingly beautiful voices, with individual timbres that nonetheless mingle seamlessly, whether in simple, chantlike moments or in the high-flying Moody piece. And they sing with feeling, depth, and, well, soul. This is a magnificent disc, not to be missed. --Robert Levine

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This recording simply stops you in your tracks- you put down what you are doing and listen!
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This CD is so beautiful and relaxing.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 28, 2002
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This CD was not exactly what I expected, but the fault is mine, not the CD's. I saw that there were a number of Gregorian chants, but was expecting there to also be some songs with harmonies and rhythms more consistent with secular medieval music. There was really very little of that (a few tracks were more musical and less chant-y, but still unmistakably "church music"), but the music was everything you could hope for in a recording of Gregorian chants.
Beautiful female voices add a different dimension to the music than the more widely-recorded monastic renditions of these chants. The music is very atmospheric, and evoked memories of the quiet stillness of European cathedrals (specifically Reims, in my case, probably because that's the most impressive cathedral I've ever been in). It was definitely recorded in a cathedral-like space, though. The acoustics practically scream of high stone ceilings.
This one is definitely worth a listen.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By OpinionNinja on May 17, 2003
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I bought this CD on an impulse, not knowing what to expect. The three a capella female vocalists harmonize in the most eerily beautiful way -- this CD is as close to transcendental music as I've ever heard. Everyone I've shared it with has had the same reaction -- the music is riviting and relaxing at the same time. A must for Gregorian chant lovers and anyone else who appreciates the majesty of the human voice.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By William M. Hinds on March 5, 2002
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This recording simply stops you in your tracks- you put down what you are doing and listen! Sublimely beautiful,this music is ectasy for the ears. The three Norwegian women who do the singing are extraordinary. Do yourself a favor. Acquire this recording, take some time, and listen!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2005
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Trio Mediaeval is the name chosen by three Scandinavian singers who specialize in the early music of the church. Gregorian chant or Plainsong is one of the oldest forms of Western religious music and though much of the original chanting was one-part intoning by the monks, the composers of the time gradually created polyphony and the results are well sampled on this beautifully recorded CD.

Not only does this a cappela trio of women's voices demonstrate a clarity of tone and pitch and timbre, they move through these at times complex harmonies with utter ease. In addition to excerpts from the Anonymous Tournai Mass, the Trio weaves the mysteries of English and Italian chant and even includes a truly beautiful contemporary setting of the chant form by Ivan Moody entitled 'Words of the Angel'.

This is one of those recordings that soothes the mind and soul and confirms the importance of medieval music on the development of music through the ages. A new recording by this group entitled "Stella Maris" is promised soon and having heard that recording it is even better! The Trio Mediaeval is a fine performing arts group that should have a long life. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 05
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on January 31, 2010
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... you're almost certain to adore the a capella women's voices of "Trio Mediaeval". They interpret the same repertoire, specializing in the mostly anonymous early polyphony, sacred and secular, of England, but willingly extending their programs to France and Italy. They sing it angelically... with the melancholy allure of Romanesque chapels by twilight... and in neither case is there the slightest historical justification for such an affect or for the performance of such music by women at all. In short, they are both intrinsically "modern" ensembles making new use of ancient material. Both ensembles do it beautifully, but I give the edge to Trio Mediaeval in terms of technical virtuosity. Their tuning is more accurate, the vocal blend is better balanced with contralto Torunn Ossum holding the 'tenor', their ornamentation is more graceful and natural, and quite frankly they have lovelier voices. The three women -- Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, and Torunn Østrem Ossum -- are Norwegians, who have studied with Paul Hillier of the Hilliard Ensemble.

The repertoire on this CD has three parts. The centerpiece is the famous "Missa Tournai", the oldest known polyphonic setting of the mass ordinaries (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Ita missa est), assembled in a choirbook sometime in the 14th Century but almost certainly taken from various sources. Interspersed among the ordinaries are several monodies (solo voices) from the Laudario de Cortona, Italy. Most interesting of all, musically, are eight anonymous polyphonic 'antiphons' from manuscripts that have survived the destruction of monasteries in England. This is truly mysterious, almost barbaric, pre-European music, which carries one back to the Romanesque Abbeys, to the synthesis of Celtic and Nordic cultures that distinguished English music from anything continental right until the end of the 17th C.
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By Walter F. Horne on September 15, 2014
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Item was just as described.
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