The group Trio Mediaeval consists of three women who met and combined their vocal forces in Oslo, Norway. The trio has released an album called Aquilonis which features some music for the Advent season. The album’s repertoire travels from Iceland to Italy, from 12th-century Italian sacred pieces to modern works written especially for the trio’s unique vocal qualities.
Classical 90.5 is featuring Aquilonis as well as other new releases during this holiday season. Enjoy this selection from an earlier recording by Trio Mediaeval:
The Mediaeval Baebes originated in 1996 and was organized by singer Katharine Blake. Her idea was to combine unapologetic sexuality with traditional period performances of early vocal repertoire. During the group’s 17 year run, it has released several albums and toured around the world.
The groups latest release, Kings & Angels, is a collection of Christmas carols. The singers are joined by instrumentalists playing strings and percussion. Classical 90.5 will play this as part of our holiday music mix for 2014.
Soprano Renee Fleming has been a beloved figure on the operatic stage for years. So it’s curious that Ms. Fleming has waited so long to release her first-ever Christmas album entitledChristmas in New York.
The recording features many guest appearances by New York-based musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Rufus Wainwright and Gregory Porter. The album contains only two sacred works – In the Bleak Midwinter and Still, Still, Still. The rest of the songs are traditional lighter fair such as Winter Wonderland, Merry Christmas Darling and Central Park Serenade.
Christmas in New York is one of many new releases Classical 90.5 will feature in the days to come during the holiday season.
Remember, back in October, the hundreds of singers performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Louisville Orchestra? Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes video, from the good folks at Music Makes a City, about what it takes to pull off a performance on this scale.