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Toccata, CD des Monats

Trio Mediaeval’s singers produce a seamless, shimmering sound and craft their vocal lines pristinely and expressively, with impeccable intonation. … Don’t miss this album.
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Trio Mediaeval crisscrosses centuries with a tantalizing program that mixes the ancient … with the modern… One thread that binds all these disparate compositions together is a fascination with the power of human voices alone, and Trio Mediaeval presents a shining example of just how enthralling that sound can be.
Anastacia Tsioulcas, Billboard

The voices of three women, each one distinct and yet all three closely melded. Nothing else. White voices, dark silence all around them. … I think the group is breathtaking – arresting, vivid, calm but never peaceful, with every moment ready to bring a surprise.
Greg Sandow, The Wall Street Journal

What is especially remarkable about this disc (apart from its shimmering beauty) is the way everything coheres so well. Pieces written at different times, more than 550 years later than the Mass, by four composers whose styles are not usually that close to each other’s, let alone to Power’s, have come together with scarcely a join showing. Gavin Bryars, in particular, is a revelation. His work is so distinctive that I would have expected to recognise his contributions immediately without effort. In fact, his four settings of anonymous 12th-century Marian poems, three of which feature a wonderful solo part for a member of the trio, achieve that admirable submersion of self which makes this project so successful musically.
Barry Witherden, Gramophone

Trio Mediaeval is comprised of three women..., they sing their chosen repertoire, an intriguing blend of early music and new music, as if the words in addition to the notes have meaning fort them. … Although in no sense a reconstruction of a service, the four movements of Leonel Power’s gorgeous three-voice “Missa Alma redemptoris mater” are interspersed with the other works on the program, with the entire disc being concluded with the original plainchant that forms the basis for Power’s work. … It is a work of astounding beauty that is very well served here, however unlikely a performance by three solo female voices would have been.
John Story, Fanfare

Soir, dit-elle intersperses the four sections of a fifteenth-century mass by the English composer Leonel Power with new works written for Trio Mediaeval by Oleh Haravyy, Gavin Bryars, Andrew Smith and Ivan Moody. The effect of the program is spellbinding, as the Trio moves effortlessly back and forth across the span of 600 years without ever breaking the musical mood. All of the new music is exemplary, but the two pieces by Moody, “The Troparion of Kassiani” and “A Lion’s Sleep”, which set ninth- and tenth-century texts that give voice to the two Maries associated with Christ (His mother and Mary Magdalene), are especially wonderful.
Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound

Da das hoch spannende Programm ... von den Interpretinnen ebenso intonationsrein und homogen wie farbenreich vorgetragen wird, kann diese Produktion aus dem Hause ECM als herausragende Entdeckung gelten – nicht nur vor dem Hintergrund der direkten Konkurrenz.
Marcus Stäbler, Fono Forum

Das Geheimnis des Trios ist die absolute perfekte Abstimmung der charakteristischen Stimmen, deren Timbre eins wird. Da stört nichts! Da ist alles rund! ... Das Trio Mediaeval hat somit die besten Voraussetzungen und das perfekte Rüstzeug, um sowohl alte Meister als auch Zeitgenossen lupenrein und weit jeder Kritik darzustellen. Wie gut das dann ist, das zeigt erneut die CD. Wieder ein Treffer, eine Platte des Monats.
Robert Strobl, Toccata

Was die zeitgenössischen Kompositionen auf der CD miteinander zu einem Ganzen verbindet und außerdem den klanglichen Ursprung ihrer Tonsprache verdeutlicht, sind die vier eingestreuten Sätze der Missa “Alma redemptoris mater” des Engländers Leonel Power, komponiert irgendwann um 1440. ... Durch die bestens korrespondierenden Frauenstimmen gewinnt die Messe eine helle Strahlkraft jenseits mönchischer Strenge. ... Diese hohe Kunst der Selbstbeschränkung in der Verbindung von Altem und Neuem gelingt selten so homogen, stimmig und musikalisch überzeugend wie auf Soir, dit-elle, der neuen CD des norwegischen Trio Mediaeval.
Sebastian Panel, WDR 3 Hörzeichen

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