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Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, July 2016

All the groups are wonderful, even the children… What comes through again and again is the beauty of Nielsen’s writing, heavily triadic with sparing dissonance and no hint of dark emotion. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



James A. Altena
Fanfare, July 2016

The performances by all concerned are superbly done—obviously labors of love—and uniformly well recorded. …This is simply a delight, …Enthusiastically recommended. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Andrew Mellor
Gramophone, April 2016

…hats off to Michael Schønwandt for taking care of 17 of the 25 numbers recorded, and for making so much of every little nuance in Nielsen’s often simple writing as only he can. In the largely (but not completely) homophonic works sung by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, the permanent radio choir, Schønwandt finds that bit more shape and shade than Michael Bojesen’s more direct performances with Ars Nova Copenhagen. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, March 2016

The Danish National Vocal Ensemble conducted by Michael Schønwandt brings a finely blended texture to Der er et yndigt land (A fair and lovely land), CNW 351 (1924) in the version for mixed choir, a direct and finely shaped piece intended as a new national anthem.

[They] bring a lovely flow to the final song, …again with fine sonorities and harmonies and a real transparency of tone, a beautifully shaped performance. © 2016 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review




Michael Wilkinson
MusicWeb International, March 2016

Sheer bliss. This CD is a joy from beginning to end. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, March 2016

The slightly monochromatic sound world provided by these pieces renders it more suitable for the Nielsen enthusiast than the general listener, but it’s hard to imagine that pieces given more persuasive advocacy. Carl Nielsen’s prolific output of around 300 songs come in many forms. In this collection we hear 25 choral versions of the most popular Nielsen songs, such as Den danske sang er en ung, blond pige as well as more rarely heard or unknown choral works. © 2016 Classical CD Choice



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2016

Though Carl Nielsen’s songs are rarely performed, three hundred works show that he was very active in that field and included many intended for popular choral use. The present disc gives an overview in twenty-five tracks, most of the unaccompanied songs being quite short and cover a whole range of subjects from the opening patriotic, A Fair and Lovely Land, to loneliness in You suffer throughout an age of pain, and the end of life in Come, God’s angel, silent Death. Maybe when gathered together they often sound much the same whatever mood they are conveying, though they all are pleasing to the ear, and are here very well performed by a number of Danish choirs and their respective conductors. Included are the Danish National Vocal Ensemble—who have some moments of queasy intonation; the Danish National Concert Choir that sounds more vibrant; tracks by the fresh voiced Danish National Junior Choir, and those by the Danish National Children’s Choir who gave me the most pleasure. The disc ends in fine form where it all began, this time the sweet tones of the National Girls Choir singing A Fair and Lovely Land. I suppose it is a disc best played in part, but it makes a welcome addition to Nielsen’s 150th birthday celebrations. Excellent sound quality, first class programme notes and words with English translation are included. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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