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'Rimur'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Rimur'

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'Rimur'

Chants, hymns, folk songs and improvisations based on Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish sources Trio Mediaeval with Arve Henriksen tpt ECM New Series (F) 481 4742 (51' * DDD * T/t)

We will never know, write Trio Mediaeval in the booklet, what the innumerable ancient songs and tunes of the first Icelandic settlers sounded like. If we could somehow conjure up those sounds from the late 800s they'd be fascinating indeed but also probably rather morose and perhaps even a touch dull over time (if you're a fan of, say, harmony). Here, the trio is joined by trumpeter Arve Henriksen for an echt-ECM concept in which they 'let the timeless tales inspire us to create something new'.

But their imaginative flight is based on considerable experience and expertise with the material itself--material that includes monophonic chants from Scandinavia (hymns to St Sunniva and St Birgitta), the two-voice hymn of St Magnus of Orkney (which once fell under a Norwegian diocese) and some traditional lullabies and stern love songs. …

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