13th-Century Vocal Music from Notre-Dame in Paris


Anna Maria Friman
Linn Andrea Fuglseth
Berit Opheim


Wednesday 16. 7. 2014, 8.30 p.m.
The Church of Our Lady of the Snows, Jungmannovo náměstí 18, Prague 1


On 16 July the Church of Our Lady of the Snows returned to the times of its origin during the early reign of Charles IV. The ancient walls of the temple which – according to the monumental late-Gothic plans – was to be the largest church in Prague vibrated with antiphons, hymns, and psalms. The illustrious Trio Mediæval from Norway filled the soaring dome with choral repertoire form the archives at the Notre-Dame in Paris and from the famous Codex Speciálník preserved in Hradec Králové.


Concert programme

Domine labia mea aperies – Deus in adiutorium
Ave Maria gratia plena
Venite, exsultemus Domino
Ave maris stella virgo decus virginum
Pater noster, qui es in celis
Credo in unum deum
Ave maris stella, ave stella maris
Dum esset rex – Dixit dominus
Leva ejus – Laudate pueri
Nigra sum – Letatus sum
Diligite iustitiam
Strips Jesse. V. Florilegium
Veri floris sub figura
Quoniam spiritus
Quindenis gradibus. V. Post gentium
Ysayas cecinit
Creavit enim
Gaude Maria virgo. V. Gabrielem archangelum
Soli nitorem
Benedicamus Domino


Concert without intermission.



Trio Mediæval between Middle Ages and the Present
Opera PLUS, 17. 7. 2014, Lukáš Vytlačil
The main emphasis was placed on the musical part of vocal performance, based on clear, slender tone without vibrato, and on excellent communication between the singers. The unusual sound of the female trio was an excellent opening to the concert.


The Inventiveness of the Summer Festivities of Early Music has No Limits
Mladá fronta DNES, 28. 7. 2014, Věra Drápelová
The final piece of the programme, Vale, dulcis amice by William Brooks was an ideal conclusion to the late-night concert. These compositions were rendered in a moving way and with great certainty and erudition. Obviously, contemporary music is ideal for the trio and their voices.


Trio Mediæval between Middle Ages and the Present
Opera PLUS, 17. 7. 2014, Lukáš Vytlačil
The three ladies with crystal clear, silky voices, whose repertoire includes for instance Scandinavian ballads, […] created […] immense effect: the atmosphere in the church was almost mystical.


Delight and Grace
Harmonie 9/2014, Michaela Freemanová

Medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary pieces were mingled in a perfect hole; the members of Trio Mediaeval sung the varied repertoire with technical bravura but without any attempt at superfluous effect, in a natural way and with a typical northern warmth; this was one of the highlights of the festival.