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During the years since I first came across Scandinavian Trio Mediaeval’s flawless soundworld, the singers have added a depth, maturity and colour that is nothing short of perfection. Like the north wind (‘Aquilon’) in the title, their particular journey on this CD takes them from north to south via the 14th-century Office of the Icelandic patron saint Thorlak (their arrangements enhancing the original chant both vocally and instrumentally), to 15th-century carols, early Italian sacred songs, Norwegian folk melodies and contemporary works by Andrew Smith, Anders Jormin and William Brooks which slot easily into the programme. An inspired combination of musicianship and scholarship, the trio subtly accompany themselves on Hardanger fiddle, melody chimes and portable organ. The clear, persuasive voices cast a bewitching spell as cool and refreshing as the north wind itself.

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