Rímur – essential purchase for all those who bought Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensembles’ Officium album

Rímur – Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen

Trio Mediaeval –  Anna Maria Friman (voice, hardangar fiddle), Linn Andrea Fuglseth (voice, shruti box), Berit Opheim (voice), Arve Henriksen (trumpet)

ECM New Series 4814742  @ £14.25*

Still in the Specialist Classical Charts after 12 weeks.

An essential purchase for all those who bought Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensembles’ Officium album (ECM 4453692 @ £14.25*)

“The trio sing with their usual combination of precision, imagination and deep care with text and ornamentation. Arve Henriksen’s trumpet sounds like a flute, a seabird, a human voice, a distant wind and just occasionally like the breathy trumpet of Scandinavian jazz cliché…if the idea of a semi-distant Nordic cousin to Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble’s ‘Officium’ series appeals, this is worth procuring.” Gramophone

Rímur was recorded in February 2016 at Munich’s Himmelfahrtskirche, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Arve Henriksen has often performed with the Trio Mediaeval in live settings – and the singers and trumpeter appear on Sinikka Langeland’s recently issued ‘The Magical Forest’ (4776831) – but Rímur is their first extensive collaboration on disc.

According to tradition Norwegian Ingólfr Arnarson was the first Nordic settler in Iceland, founding Reykjavík in 874. In the 20th century a statue of Arnarson was raised in Reykjavík and a copy put up in Rivedal, his home village on the Norwegian west coast. The two statues, facing towards each other across the sea, provided a conceptual starting point for Rímur, Trio Mediaeval’s seventh ECM recording.

What music did Arnarson hear in Rivedal? What songs did the Vikings bring with them to Iceland, and what music was new to their ears? These are among the questions pondered here. Joined by trumpeter Arve Henriksen, Trio Mediaeval presents a unique programme in which mediaeval and traditional music from Iceland and Norway and improvisation are integrated.

ECM New Series 4814742  @ £14.25*

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