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Pwyll ap SiƓn
Gramophone, August 2017

…much of what is heard falls under the rather amorphous description ‘post-minimal’, the range of styles is remarkably varied, from the giddy tonal glissandos heard in Michael Gordon’s He saw a skull to Pablo Ortiz’s twitchy neo-medieval Five Motets. In between there are contributions from first-generation minimalists, including a touchingly lyrical song by Louis Andriessen. Terry Riley’s exuberant, multilayered musical evocation of Jack Kerouac’s stream-of-consciousness poem ‘Mexico City Blues’ brilliantly rounds off the disc, while Reich’s well-known Clapping Music is also given an energetic melodic and harmonic twist in Hillier’s clever vocal arrangement. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Fiona Maddocks
The Guardian, July 2017

Ars Nova Copenhagen is one of the world’s top chamber vocal ensembles. This programme of choral music by nine diverse contemporary composers, including Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and David Lang, is unified by one man: British conductor/director Paul Hillier. …The 12 singers of Ars Nova are immaculate throughout. © 2017 The Guardian Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), June 2017

Denmark’s Ars Nova Copenhagen has built an immovable reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and inventive vocal ensembles. “First Drop” is testament to that spirit—it’s a wide-ranging and ambitious project that interprets the choral work of some of the giants of contemporary classical music, including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang and more. © 2017 WFMT (Chicago)





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