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Soir Dit-Elle


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 24 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00012SZTK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kyrie
2. Gloria - Missa 'Alma Redemptoris Mater'
3. Laude Novella (Lauda II)
4. Ave Regina Gloriosa (Lauda VII)
5. Credo - Missa 'Alma Redemptoris Mater'
6. Ave Maria
7. Regina Caeli
8. Ave Donna Santissima (Lauda III)
9. Sanctus - Missa 'Alma Redemptoris Mater'
10. The Troparion Of Kassiani
11. Venite A Laudare (Lauda I)
12. A Lion's Sleep
13. Agnus Dei - Missa 'Alma Redemptoris Mater'
14. Alma Redemptoris Mater

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By J. TIMMERMAN on June 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
Trio Mediaeval, a three-women European a cappella choir, presents here a minimalist programme of medieval three-part harmony mixed with 20th century pieces in the same style.
Leonel Power's (1370-1445) Missa "Alma redemptoris mater" is presented in its entirety but broken up with pieces by English composers Ivan Moody, Gavin Bryars and Andrew Smith, and Ukrainian Oleh Harkavyy. Power stood alongside John Dunstable as one of the great English composers of the 14th-15th centuries. This mass is probably one of the earliest to use the same "cantus firmus" in all four movements. The chant is repeated by the low voice throughout while the two upper voices create an intricate counterpoint.
The contemporary composers here draw their inspiration from ancient texts and chants to make their own individual polyphony, but sharing the same austere atmosphere as Power's mass.
Trio Mediaeval follows in the footsteps of Anonymous 4 in bringing the beauty of Medieval a cappella vocal music to the public. Tonally Trio Mediaeval is very similar to Anonymous 4 but doesn't quite match that group's precision of vocal delivery. Nevertheless, a nicely recorded album with a touch of cold beauty.
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Like the previous reviewer, I too have fallen in love with this CD and the very lovely and talented ladies who comprise this trio. If you are a fan of the Anonymous 4 then you will definitely enjoy this album.
Beautiful voices in veneration to the Blessed Mother. Soaring harmonies one can imagine penetrating the vaults of the cathedral carrying up and out to Heaven to rest upon the ears of Mother Mary herself.
I strongly recommend this CD to all who love female vocal harmony, madrigals or just beautiful music. Period.
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A new discovery, I've fallen in love with TM. The three woman pull off this unaccompanied gem with a finesse and feeling that's refreshing in this overcomplicated world. Their discord is wonderful, their unison moving, and they convey fabulously the purity of early song. I f you're looking for something new to remind you why music moves you this is it.
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By A Customer on July 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD gets better each time I listen to it. There is a compelling perfection in the sound - it's sublime.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Coldly beautiful June 2 2004
By J. TIMMERMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Trio Mediaeval, a three-women European a cappella choir, presents here a minimalist programme of medieval three-part harmony mixed with 20th century pieces in the same style.
Leonel Power's (1370-1445) Missa "Alma redemptoris mater" is presented in its entirety but broken up with pieces by English composers Ivan Moody, Gavin Bryars and Andrew Smith, and Ukrainian Oleh Harkavyy. Power stood alongside John Dunstable as one of the great English composers of the 14th-15th centuries. This mass is probably one of the earliest to use the same "cantus firmus" in all four movements. The chant is repeated by the low voice throughout while the two upper voices create an intricate counterpoint.
The contemporary composers here draw their inspiration from ancient texts and chants to make their own individual polyphony, but sharing the same austere atmosphere as Power's mass.
Trio Mediaeval follows in the footsteps of Anonymous 4 in bringing the beauty of Medieval a cappella vocal music to the public. Tonally Trio Mediaeval is very similar to Anonymous 4 but doesn't quite match that group's precision of vocal delivery. Nevertheless, a nicely recorded album with a touch of cold beauty.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
perfection to little effect March 7 2005
By Fabiano Seixas Fernandes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For those familiar with Trio Mediaeval's first record, WORDS OF THE ANGEL, it is impossible not to compare the two. I'm not talking about natural expectations, but of the fact that SOIR, DIT-ELLE seems to have been structured after WORDS.
Unlike WORDS, however, SOIR dwells greatly on modern repertoire. All contemporary pieces in SOIR seem to have been composed with skill and interpreted to perfection; still, it does not seem to me to be as engaging as WORDS. It wants variety; differences between 13th-century "Missa Alma redemptoris mater" and contemporary pieces are blurred by the homogeneity of mood of the latter: all want to be contemporary rework on medieval vocal music; all want to be slow, melodious and dissonant; all were composed having Trio Mediaeval as ideal performers; as a result, all resemble one another too much. When it comes to the solo pieces, for example, they seem more elaborated than the versions which served them as a starting point (available in WORDS), but it was precisely the original simplicity which made them so touching.
Even though Ivan Moody's pieces aren't as striking as "Words of the angel" (the impact of which is partly due to contrast between its "contemporariness" and the "medievalness" of the rest of WORDS' repertoire, by the way), they are still the most moving.
SOIR, DIT-ELLE is perfect, but still. Perfection may win you over in the end, but might not do much for you in the beginning. It is possible that those who don't know WORDS OF THE ANGEL should have a different take on it, and like it better.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Simply Beautiful April 19 2004
By Caesar M. Warrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like the previous reviewer, I too have fallen in love with this CD and the very lovely and talented ladies who comprise this trio. If you are a fan of the Anonymous 4 then you will definitely enjoy this album.
Beautiful voices in veneration to the Blessed Mother. Soaring harmonies one can imagine penetrating the vaults of the cathedral carrying up and out to Heaven to rest upon the ears of Mother Mary herself.
I strongly recommend this CD to all who love female vocal harmony, madrigals or just beautiful music. Period.
Great Trio May 2 2013
By Jerry G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I like this C.D. nice samples of Medieval music of a more slow paced era in time of the past. very nice relaxing music.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating and captivating July 29 2005
By Stanley D. Wolfersberger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge fan of early music, but my taste tends to lead me down the road of the French cantata more than anything. I stumbled across this particular album at a local Border's and decided to give it a chance, knowing nothing about it.

I think it's simply fantastic. The vocals are pure and captivating, and the literature choice is first-rate; the combination of "true" early music, coupled with modern interpretation presents an excellent balance.


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