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Anna Maria Friman, Linn Fuglseth, Jorunn Lovise Husan
The brilliant Scandinavian singers of Trio Mediæval have created a fascinating and unique world of sound, which they portray with unerring virtuosity. Founded in 1997 in Oslo, Trio Mediæval has a specialised repertoire of ballads and songs from the Norwegian Middle Ages and polyphonic music from medieval England, France and Italy that the three singers arrange themselves, as well as contemporary works written specifically for the ensemble. More recently the trio has been increasingly working and creating new kinds of aural experiences with musicians and ensembles from the jazz and world scenes, including Rolf Lislevand, Nils Økland, Sinikka Langeland, Arve Henriksen and the Mats Eilersen Trio.
Trio Mediæval's first CD on ECM Records, Words of the Angel, immediately reached Billboard's Top 10 Bestseller list and was made the Stereophile "Recording of the Month" in April 2002. Further releases followed in 2004 and 2005, followed in October 2007 by the trio’s long-awaited CD of Norwegian ballads and songs entitled Folk Songs, which immediately received enthusiastic reviews. Folk Songs was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music Performance" the following year. Their recording A Worcester Ladymass was selected by the German Record Critics’ Award as one of the best new releases in the "Early Music" category and was met again with the highest critical acclaim. The Trio Mediæval’s latest album Aquilonis was released in November 2014 on ECM, and was chosen as one of the best recordings of the year by the New York Times.
At the beginning of the 2017 the vocal ensemble’s eighth recording with ECM was released. RIMUR is a collaborative project with jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen, and was immediately compared to Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble’s renowned Officium project. The recording reached the top five of the UK classical charts, and received enthusiastic press: the German radio station SWR2 reported that “the two genres do not see eye-to-eye, but rather ear-to-ear: Rímur is a masterpiece of mutual empathy.”
Trio Mediæval has performed throughout Europe in prestigious venues such as the Oslo Concert Hall, Bozar in Brussels, De Doelen Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ Amsterdam and the Wiener Konzerthaus, as well as at renowned festivals, among them the Bergen Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Snape Proms/Aldeburgh Music, SWR RheinVokal Festival, Schwetzinger SWR Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersächsische Musiktage and the Dresden Music Festival. The ensemble is a regular guest at London’s Wigmore Hall, and several engagements have also taken them beyond Europe, including performances at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Carnegie Hall.
The trio collaborates with a multitude of contemporary composers including Gavin Bryars, Ivan Moody, Oleh Harkavyy and Andrew Smith. As a result of their co-operation with Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and David Lang, and with the musikFabrik Cologne, the trio premiered Shelter, its biggest multi-media contemporary music project to date. Shelter premiered in Cologne in 2005 and was fully staged the same year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Julia Wolfe was so fascinated by the Trio Mediæval’s voices that she wrote a piece for them entitled Steel Hammer. Together with the Bang on a Can All-Stars the trio premiered Steel Hammer in New York's Carnegie Hall in November 2009 and revived this programme again in 2013 in Bruges, Uppsala and at the Barbican Centre London. In 2016/17 the trio appeared on the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo’s CD “Concerti II” in John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music.
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|David LANG||Reason to believe (2011)|
|John ADAMS||Grand Pianola Music (1982)|
|CHRISTMAS SONGS||arr. by Gaute Storaas, Helge Sunde|
|FOLK SONGS||arr. by Helge Sunde, Peter Winroth|
|Chamber Orchestra / Ensemble|
|TONU KORVITS||Kellamäng-Bells (2016)|
|ANDREW SMITHS||Songs of Solomon: Rose of Sharon (2013)|
|JULIA WOLFE||Steel hammer (2009)|
|MICHAEL GORDON, DAVID LANG, JULIA WOLFE||Shelter (2005)|
|MEDIEVAL HYMNS||Arr. Trio Mediaeval, Arve Henriksen, Helge Sunde, Jon Øivind Ness|
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Trio Mediaeval; Arve Henriksen, trumpet
ECM, 2017, 4814742
Francis Poulenc - Colin McPhee - John Adams
GrauSchumacher Piano Duo; Trio Mediæval; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Brad Lubman, conductor
NEOS 2017, 21703
Sinikka Langeland, Arve Henriksen, Trygve Seim, Anders Jormin, Markku Ounaskari, Trio Mediaeval
ECM Records, 2016
Trio Mediaeval, Garth Knox, Agnes Vèsterman, Sylvain Lemêtre, Cliona Doris
Louth Contemporary Music Society, LCMS1502
ECM Records, 2014, ECM New Series 2416
Trio Mediaeval; Bang on a Can All-Stars
Cantaloupe Music, 2014
ECM Records, 2011, ECM New Series 2166
Trio Mediaeval; Birger Mistereggen, percussion, Jew's harp
ECM Records, 2007, ECM New Series 2003
ECM Records, 2005, ECM New Series 1929
ECM Records, 2004, ECM New Series 1869
ECM Records, 2002, ECM New Series 1753
“The Cistercian Convent of Las Huelgas was one of the largest in Europe and one of the most powerful ecclesiastical institutions in Spain. At some point in the 1320s, the convent assembled one of the largest collections of polyphonic music to survive today. The so-called Las Huelgas manuscript includes works from all over Europe,” explains the Trio Mediaeval about their new programme The Conductus in Castile, which will have its first festival performance this spring at the Schwetzingen Festival....
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