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James A. Altena
Fanfare, May 2016

The performances are elegant and spirited throughout, and the hymns sung with clear diction. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Millennium of Music, March 2016

…Phemius Consort presents a selection of the most beautiful Kingo hymns as they were originally intended: as songs with accompaniment, here supplemented by instrumental music by closely related European composers of the period. © 2016 Millennium of Music Read complete review



John W Barker
American Record Guide, January 2016

The songs and hymns are simple, direct, and attractive—qualities that clearly have helped win them durability among Danes. …13 selections are offered here, sung with fetching loveliness by soprano Else Torp and with manly fervor by bass Jakob Bloch Jespersen. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



P.J. Dwyer
Toronto Early Music News, December 2015

The two project singers Else Torp, soprano, and Jakob Bloch Jespersen, bass, are very fine indeed, with Else Torp having a powerful voice of great clarity and purity. © 2015 Toronto Early Music News Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2015

Thomas Kingo was a Danish theologian and poet living in the Baroque era and created hymnals that are still at the heart of Danish communal church singing. I do not intend even a brief traversal of the outstanding programme notes that come with the disc, apart from here adding that Kingo was born in 1634 and collected together 234 hymns which he preserved for posterity. Here presented are extracts from that collection representing morning and evening services, and, to make the disc a readily attractive experience, they are interleaved with instrumental music by Kingo’s contemporaries—Johann Schop, Jean-Baptist Lully, Adam Krieger and Dieterich Buxtehude. So far as the ‘hymns’ are concerned, we are told that they are being performed, as they were originally intended, as songs with accompaniment, that aspect being arranged by Allan Rasmussen and Jakob Jespersen. The whole package is certainly unusual but highly engaging, the choice of instrumental works matching the mood of the ‘hymns’, which themselves are far from dry and academic. I suppose we always have a niggling doubt, when hearing works from this era, that we may not be capturing the music as it was originally intended, but here I am prepared to suspend such thoughts, the playing of the Phemius Consort delightful in texture and with a sense of enjoyment in everything they play. Else Torp and Jakob Jespersen, the soprano and bass soloists, use an unaffected tonal quality that I find ideal. The church acoustic is very appropriate, and for lovers of Baroque music this is a ‘must have’ release. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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