Medieval Polyphony and Unique Sound

Apr 30, 2015
Extra: Kari Nevalainen

Based on text/music from 11th century (Italian sacred music, English carols) to modern days (eAndreas Jorg. min, Andrew Smith), Trio Mediaeval, three Scandinavian women, makes music that is highly relaxing and purifying through its unusual serenity and elevated clarity. 

Up to a certain point. Beyond that one needs to have developed a special interest in polyphony - as well as medieval love-lyric - to fully appreciate the album's subtle variations. The risk is that the listening experience becomes monophonic. But for a good half an hour there's plenty of material to enjoy the album's atmosphere and to let one's mind calm down.

The album is titled Aquilions, a metaphor for a Northern wind.   

The disc makes a nice test for the speaker's tonal balance: it should not be too thick to retain music's transparency, nor too light to avoid one-dimensionality and support the singer's lower vocal register.

Trio Medieval:

Anna Maria Friman: voice, hardanger fiddle, melody chimes

Linn Andrea Fuglseth: voice, portable organ, melody chimes

Berit Opheim: voice, melody chimes

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