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ARS NOVA Copenhagen was founded in 1979 and is widely recognised as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. The ensemble’s chief conductor and artistic director since 2003 is the acclaimed British conductor Paul Hillier. Ars Nova has also worked with a.o. Bo Holten, Tamás Vetö (both former chief conductors), Kaspars Putnins, Andrew Lawrence King, Anthony Rooley, Kees Boeke, Michael Bojesen and Søren K. Hansen (all of whom have appeared as guest conductors).

The ensemble specialises in the interpretation of the polyphonic choral music of the renaissance and new vocal music. Ars Nova is also building collaborations with creative artists in different fields such as drama, film, and ballet, as well as cultivating new modes of concert performance and innovative repertoire.

Ars Nova has recorded a large number of CDs winning numerous awards, including a GRAMMY® for The Little Match Girl Passion with music by David Lang (Harmonia Mundi). Among the most recent CDs are Songs for Choir by the prominent Danish composer Carl Nielsen who would have turned 150 in 2015 (Dacapo Records), Gallos y Huesos with music by Pablo Ortiz, a contemporary Argentinian composer (Orchid Classics) and First Drop—a new recital CD featuring music by Howard Skempton, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Kevin Volans, Pablo Ortiz, Louis Andriessen, Gabriel Jackson, Steve Reich and Terry Riley (Cantaloupe).

For many years, Heinrich Schütz has occupied an important place in Ars Nova’s repertoire and during the years 2008–2011 the group recorded his complete ‘dramatic’ works for Easter and Christmas. The four CDs (also available as a box set) have all received enthusiastic reviews in the international music press. This was reflected when, in 2014, Ars Nova was invited to be artist-in-residence at the German Heinrich Schütz Musikfest in and around the composer’s hometown Dresden.

Other notable releases are Creator Spiritus with music by Arvo Pärt (Harmonia Mundi) and The Golden Age of English Part Songs (Dacapo Records) featuring a line-up of top Danish vocal composers from the past 200 years.

Role: Choir 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Chamber Music (Arhus Sinfonietta, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hansen) Dacapo
Choral - Secular
Choral Music - NIELSEN, C. / STENHAMMAR, W. / HOLMBOE, V. / TJORNHOJ-THOMSEN, L. (Crossing Borders) (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier) Dacapo
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, 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 - Secular, 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
Instrumental and Choral Music - SKEMPTON, H. / ORTIZ, P. / REICH, S. / ANDRIESSEN, L. (First Drop) (Bowers-Broadbent, Ars Nova Copenhagen, P. Hillier) Cantaloupe Music
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
LANGGAARD, R.: Choral Music (Rose Garden Songs) (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Veto) Dacapo
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
NIELSEN, C.: Songs for Choir (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Bojesen) Dacapo
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, Choral - Sacred
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
Choral - Secular, Vocal Ensemble

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