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Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, October 2015

This collection of newly recorded songs by Carl Nielsen set a lively mood and represent but a sampling of the composer’s substantial oeuvre. …the dozen Danish members of Ars Nova Copenhagen under the direction of conductor Michael Bojesen do a more than adequate job of bringing the songs to life, and the CD’s overall audio production is top notch. The versatility, tone and expressiveness of the singers will intrigue listeners encountering Nielsen’s music for the first time while providing a memorable aural experience for those familiar with the composer’s work. © 2015 Scene Magazine Read complete review



Andrew Mellor
Gramophone, October 2015

GRAMOPHONE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Nielsen beyond the symphonies

Of Nielsen’s 300 popular Danish songs, few have retained a more significant place in Denmark’s national psyche than this ditty on the country’s fabled everyman. Jens the road-mender endlessly chips at rocks before dying unrecognised without a single stone to grace his own grave. The tune is easily learnt, inviting communal participation in a hymn to social justice that gets an appropriately ‘straight’ choral performance in this Dacapo collection. © 2015 Gramophone



Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, July 2015

The warm, amiable sound of the small chamber group is aptly attuned to [Nielsen’s] music. …don’t hesitate to seek this out. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




WQXR (New York), June 2015

 Ars Nova Copenhagen performs with exquisite balance, unanimity and warmth. © 2015 WQXR (New York) Read complete review



Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, June 2015

The songs are straightforward and unfailingly attractive, and it’s hard to imagine performances more pristine and shapely than those given here by Ars Nova Copenhagen. The singing is resonant, seamlessly integrated, and perfectly in tune. This album documents an important segment of Nielsen’s output that is unknown outside of his native country, and it makes for exceptionally pleasant listening. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review



Andrew Mellor
Gramophone, June 2015

…these simple tunes can unlock many a greater truth in Nielsen’s concert works. In that sense they wholly deserve the artistry of Ars Nova Copenhagen…their distinctive Danish vowels and diphthongs are irresistible. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, May 2015

…the dozen Danish members of Ars Nova Copenhagen under the direction of conductor Michael Bojesen do a more than adequate job of bringing the songs to life, and the CD’s overall audio production is top notch. The versatility, tone and expressiveness of the singers will intrigue listeners encountering Nielsen’s music for the first time while providing a memorable aural experience for those familiar with the composer’s work. © 2015 Scene Magazine Read complete review



Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, April 2015

One cannot imagine [these songs] sung better than this… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Andrew Stewart
Sinfini Music, March 2015

The community spirit of Nielsen’s melodies for choir resonates throughout Ars Nova Copenhagen’s recording of 20 songs, no doubt touching Danish hearts more deeply than others but still clear and present for the non-native listener. Michael Bojesen’s sensitive harmonisations, based on Nielsen’s original piano parts, are matched by his fine feeling for nuance in performance and top quality singing from Ars Nova’s dozen choristers. © 2015 Sinfini Music Read complete review



Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, February 2015

From the start I was captivated by the simple beauty of these Nielsen pieces…On the face of it this repertoire may seem a little unvaried, but listen closely and their rhythmic vitality and subtle word painting tell a very different story.

Ardent, apple-cheeked repertoire lovingly sung; a cappella choirs don’t come much better than this. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Infodad.com, February 2015

the choir members of Ars Nova Copenhagen sing the songs very well under Michael Bojesen’s direction… © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review




John Miller
SA-CD.net, February 2015

Singing with deeply fervent pride, the sound of the twelve singers of Ars Nova Copenhagen is immediately recognisable for its tone, clarity, balance and expressiveness, and they treat these simple songs as if they were some of Nielsen’s greatest masterpieces.

Collectors of Carl Nielsen’s music will undoubtedly acquire this fine disc, as likely would choral afficionados. Recommended. © 2015 SA-CD.net Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2015

‘It is strange that when I write these easily comprehensible, simple melodies, it is as if it is not I who am the composer at all,’ wrote Carl Nielsen to his wife, Anna Marie. It was as ‘if the Danish people who want something to say through me’, he continued. Unlike the ‘real’ collectors of folk and traditional music, Nielsen’s songs were all original, but they conveyed the same idiom that he had been brought up to in the Danish countryside. His intention was simply to provide schools and community groups with music that was easy to perform and readily appreciated by the audience, and yet have that distinct feeling of having been around since time immemorial. In total he wrote almost 300 such songs, the present disc offering twenty in as many contrasting moods as Nielsen can create. The real problem for such outstanding groups as the Ars Nova Copenhagen, is to remove as much sophistication from their singing as they dare, and they have achieved that superbly. That just leaves me with the task of relating the contents of the disc, which I am not about to do, as I will leave that pleasing discovery to you. The booklet includes text and translation into English, the overall picture being of joy and optimism in the future. The sound quality is gorgeous with a nice warm bloom yet maintaining a transparent inner detail. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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