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Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, September 2014

This gorgeously sung, sumptuously recorded anthology of 18th, 19th and 20th Century Danish choral music manages to be a cool breeze and a warm hug at the same time. For while the songs are clear, straightforward, and not the least bit showy, the sentiments come straight from the heart. So does the affectionate singing supplied by Maestro Hillier and his choir. I can’t remember a lovelier choral anthology crossing my desk. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Stephen Francis Vasta
Opera News, July 2014

The title of this album may sound like a put-on, or, at least, damning with faint praise. But this is all first-rate music—some of the best choral music, in fact, I’ve heard in quite a long time.

On the strength of these performances, there is every reason to believe that Ars Nova Copenhagen is, as the booklet claims, “one of the finest vocal ensembles in Europe.” © 2014 Opera News Read complete review




John Miller
SA-CD.net, June 2014

The standard of singing in this programme is breath-taking. Radiant with deep respect and understanding of the folklore, poetry and love of the Danish countryside, Ars Nova’s ‘a cappella’ voices mingle superbly to celebrate the work of the listed composers. No wonder that the choir has such a world-wide reputation for excellence.

Sourced in DXD, the clarity, balance and naturalness of the sound is exemplary, leaving the mind to attend fully to the beauty and purity of the singing.

Anyone at all interested in choral singing will surely take this distinguished music-making to heart. I found it to be an unmitigated delight and therefore recommend it unreservedly. © 2014 SA-CD.net Read complete review



David Fanning
Gramophone, May 2014

Paul Hillier’s idea is that the ‘Golden Age’…could equally well apply to the succeeding generations of song-composers…Under Hillier’s direction, Ars Nova Copenhagen perform a cappella, with meticulously shaded dynamics, articulation and colour…their beautifully recorded and helpfully documented programme makes a valuable document for newcomers to and aficionados of this repertoire alike. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

In the first half of the 19th century there was the awakening in Denmark of a generation of outstanding composers and with them a new affection for partsong. This disc intends to give an overview of the partsongs written from the 1820’s through to our own time. That you will find such a common style of writing as we move from one composer to the next, is made doubly surprising as the works are not performed in chronological order. The smooth and elegant singing of Ars Nova Copenhagen is a sheer delight with their perfect balance between male and female voices, their sopranos so smooth and a delight after listening to hard-edged British groups. Excellent sound quality in an ideal acoustic. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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