From ECM: “Two New ECM Albums to be Released on March 15th

“The centuries are connected with imaginative programs on two new ECM albums to be released on March 15th. Trio Mediaeval is back with a new album of sacred music interspersed with two pieces by contemporary composer Gavin Bryars, while Alexander Lonquich connects the worlds of Heinz Holliger and Robert Schumann.

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Trio Mediaeval
A Worcester Ladymass
Anna Maria Friman voice
Linn Andrea Fuglseth voice
Torunn Østrem Ossum voice

“Oslo’s Trio Mediaeval presents a reconstruction of a 13th century votive Mass to the Virgin Mary, based on surviving manuscripts from a Benedectine Abbey in the English Midlands. Inserted amid the medieval music are a Credo and Benedicamus Domino specially composed for this program by Gavin Bryars. Indeed, the old and the new intermingle in the work of this vocal ensemble. Anna Maria Friman: ‘The members of Trio Mediaeval feel that performing mediaeval music today gives us the freedom to let our imagination and ideas flow, as though we are creating contemporary music.'”

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” ‘Schumann is the composer who has almost always been at the true centre of my thoughts’ says Heinz Holliger, and the brilliant performance by Alexander Lonquich illuminates deep connections between the sound-worlds and imaginations of two great composers separated by one and half centuries. In this remarkable recital, Lonquich offers new insights in his account of the 1838 first edition of Kreisleriana op. 16, and then plunges deep into Holliger’s contemporary invocation of Schumann, the “radicalized romanticism” of the 1999 piano cycle Partita.

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Alexander Lonquich
RobertSchumann / Heinz Holliger
Alexander Lonquich piano

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