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The ensemble Vocal Group Ars Nova, consisting of twelve singers, is one of Scandinavia’s leading chamber choirs in the field of polyphonic Renaissance choral music and experimental vocal music of our own period. Ars Nova has recorded internationally acclaimed CDs and has given more than a thousand concerts in Europe, Israel, Japan, Africa, South America and USA. Ars Nova was started in 1979 by a group of singers and the conductor Bo Holten. Since 1996 Hungarian-born Tamás Vetö has been the principal conductor of the choir. Ars Nova has worked with prominent conductors like Peter Philips (The Tallis Scholars), Bruno Turner (Pro Cantione Antiqua) and Paul Hillier (The Hilliard Ensemble, Theatre of Voices), the regular guest conductor of the ensemble since 1997. Ars Nova has been among the pioneers in polyphonic Renaissance choral music, with highly-acclaimed performances of the masterpieces of the period, by composers like des Prez, Tallis, di Lasso, Palestrina and Taverner; the choir has also rediscovered neglected masters like Pierre de la Rue, Nicolas Gombert, Philipe de Magalhaes, Giaches de Wert, Alonso and Duante Lobo, Manuel Cardoso and Jacob Obrecht, to whom Ars Nova and Paul Hillier have devoted a whole CD. In avant-garde music Ars Nova focuses on music after 1968 and in this connection has worked closely with Nordic composers like Per Nørgård, Ib Nørholm, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Sven-David Sandstrøm, Poul Ruders and Hans Abrahamsen, all of whom have written works for the ensemble. The same applies to central jazz composers like Jan Gabarek, Palle Mikkelborg, Pierre Dørge, Marilyn Mazur and Egberto Gismonti. Ars Nova also works with contemporary music drama, and has collaborated with, among others, Bill Forsythe (the Stuttgart Ballet), Peter Langdal (Betty Nansen Theatre) and Kirsten Dehlholm (Billedstofteater and Hotel Pro Forma), whose Operation: Orfeo Ars Nova premièred in 1993. Ars Nova had more than 150 first performances, and its repertoire includes works by Takemitsu, Gorecki, Pärt, Riley and John Cage, whose choral works Ars Nova recorded on CD in 1998.

Ars Nova was awarded the Danish Music Critics’ Artist’s Prize in 1998, a Danish Grammy in 1991 for the recording of sacred music by Nicolas Gombert, and a Diapason d’Or (France) for their CD of works by Josquin des Prez.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
GLASS Of Beauty and Light (US Version) Naxos 8.503202
PÄRT The Silence of Being Naxos 8.506015

Role: Choir 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Chamber Music (Arhus Sinfonietta, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hansen) Dacapo
Choral - Secular
Choral Music (Pacific) - HARRISON, L. / EDWARDS, R. / BODY, J. / LAWRENCE-KING, A. / BOYD, A. (A Bridge of Dreams) (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier) Ars Nova
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P.: Choral Music (The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen) (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier) Dacapo
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
LANGGAARD, R.: Choral Music (Rose Garden Songs) (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Veto) Dacapo
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
NIELSEN, C.: Songs for Choir (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Bojesen) Dacapo
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
NIELSEN, C.: Vocal and Choral Works (Sung in English) (The Unknown Carl Nielsen) (Beck, Reuter, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Bojesen) Dacapo
Choral - Secular
NIELSEN: Sommerfugledalen Dacapo
NORGARD: Lygtemaendene tager til byen / SORENSEN: Den lille havfrue Dacapo
Choral - Secular
RILEY: In C Ars Nova
Chamber Music
SCHUTZ, H.: Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi (Die) / Die Auferstehung unsres Herren Jesu Christi (Hillier) Dacapo
Choral - Sacred
SCHUTZ, H.: Lukas-Passion (St. Luke Passion) (Linderoth, Jespersen, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier) Dacapo
Choral - Sacred
SCHUTZ, H.: Sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz (Die) / Johannes-Passion (Hillier) Dacapo
Choral - Sacred
SCHUTZ, H.: St. Matthew Passion (Podger, Jespersen, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier) Dacapo
Choral - Sacred
SONIC REBELLION - Alternative Classical Collection Naxos
Chamber Music
SORENSEN, B.: Requiem / OCKEGHEM, J.: Missa pro defunctis (Hillier) Dacapo
Choral - Sacred
TAVERNER and TUDOR MUSIC I: The Western Wind Ars Nova
Choral - Sacred
TAVERNER and TUDOR MUSIC II: Gloria tibi Trinitas (Ars Nova Copenhagen) Ars Nova
Choral - Sacred, Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Music - NIELSEN, C. / KUHLAU, F. / WEYSE, C.E.F. / HARTMANN, J.P.E. (The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs) (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier) Dacapo
Vocal Ensemble, Choral - Secular

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