Trigon Ensemble

A Medieval Christmas

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Aliud
UPC: 8717775551195
Catnr: ACDBN 1042
Release date: 08 December 2017
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Catalogue number
ACDBN 1042
Release date
08 December 2017

"Pure and exemplary articulated. As if we hear angels from past times."

De Gelderlander, 25-12-2017

About the album

On this CD Trigon sings Christmas carols from 15th and 16th century manuscripts of the Modern Devotion movement. These include manuscripts from a convent near Utrecht (Berlin 190), one from the former Soeterbeeck convent, the Tongeren Manuscript and a manuscript from Zwolle / the IJssel Valley. Trigon also sings two songs found in a manuscript from the ‘rondebegynhof’, the encircled Beguinage in Amsterdam, dating from the start of the 17th century.
Auf dieser CD singt das Trigon Ensemble Weihnachtslieder aus Manuskripten des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts der Modern Devotion-Bewegung. Dazu gehören Manuskripte aus einem Kloster bei Utrecht (Berlin 190), eines aus dem ehemaligen Kloster Soeterbeeck, das Tongeren-Manuskript und ein Manuskript aus Zwolle / IJsselmeer. Trigon singt auch zwei Lieder, die in einer Handschrift aus dem 'rondebegynhof', dem umgebenen Beginenhof in Amsterdam, aus dem 17. Jahrhundert.


Trigon, an ensemble of specialists, sings and studies medieval spiritual music directly from the manuscripts. The aim is not to be ‘authentic’, since no one knows exactly what medieval music sounded like. But what we can do is to approach this music from as close-up as possible i.e. in the original sources. That is why Trigon sings and practices from the early notations such as they are found in the manuscripts. Trigon is the name of a specific notation symbol in Gregorian chant, also known as neumes, indicating a lightly produced sound that ascends and then descends.

Trigon was the winner of the International Young Artist’s Presentation in Antwerp in 1998. Since then they have been invited to perform at the Festival of Flanders Antwerp, Tongeren and Bruges (BE) and at the Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht (NL). Trigon have also performed in the Early Music Series of the Warwick Arts Society (UK), in the Network Series of STOOM (NL), at the Day of Early Music in Alden Biezen in Belgium, the Festival for Early Music of Brezice in Slovenia, and many other venues and festivals in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Trigon also sang during the Canto Aperto in St. Trui-den (B) and in the Musica Sacra Festival in Maastricht. For the Prinsenhof museum in Delft (NL), situated in the former Agatha convent, Trigon recorded songs from a manuscript belonging to the convent.



Pure and exemplary articulated. As if we hear angels from past times.
De Gelderlander, 25-12-2017

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