Ars Nova Copenhagen

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Ars Nova Copenhagen is a Danish vocal ensemble focused on Renaissance and contemporary music owned and driven by the singers of the group. It was founded in 1979 by composer Bo Holten among others.[1][2][3] In 1996 Hungarian conductor Tamás Vetö was appointed chief conductor by the singers in the group and Holten founded his own ensemble, Musica Ficta (Denmark). Ars Nova Copenhagen is now led by Paul Hillier, and collaborates on a regular basis with his ensemble Theatre of Voices.

Selected discography[edit]

Renaissance to Baroque[edit]

  • Josquin Desprez: Missa de beata virgine. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Kontrapunkt
  • Pierre de la Rue: Requiem, Giaches de Wert 5 Motets. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Kontrapunkt 32001.
  • Pierre de la Rue: Missa L'Homme Arme. Nicolas Gombert: Lugebat David Absalon, Musae Jovis. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Kontrapunkt 32008
  • Nicolas Gombert: Sacred Music. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Kontrapunkt 32038
  • Thomas Tallis: Felix Namque (I), Felix Namque (II), O Nata Lux Salvator Mundi, The Lamentations Of Jeremiah I, The Lamentations Of Jeremiah II, Videte Miraculum. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten with Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord). Kontrapunkt 32003
  • Lassus: Lagrime di San Pietro. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Naxos (1995)
  • Portuguese Polyphony Manuel Cardoso, Pedro de Escobar, Manuel da Fonseca Duarte Lobo. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Naxos (1995)
  • Mogens Pedersøn: Sacred Music From The court Of Christian IV: 3 Hymns from Pratum Spirituale. Ad Te Levavi Oculos Meos. Missa Quinque Vocum. John Dowland Thou Mighty God. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Kontrapunkt 32100
  • John Taverner: Taverner & Tudor Music I - The Western Wind. Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Ars Nova Records 2006
  • John Taverner: Taverner & Tudor Music II - Gloria tibi Trinitas. Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Ars Nova Records (2008)
  • Heinrich Schütz: The Complete Narrative Works. Lukas-Passion SWV 480 (1666), Weihnachtshistorie SWV 435 (c. 1660), Auferstehungshistorie SWV 50 (c. 1623), Die Sieben Worte, SWV 478 (before 1658), Johannes-Passion, SWV 481 (1666), Matthäus-Passion, SWV 479 (1666). Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. 4CD Dacapo (2011). Also available as single discs.
  • Plainchant, various. The Christmas Story. Ars Nova Copenhagen, Theatre of Voices & Paul Hillier. Harmonia Mundi (2011)

Romantic[edit]

  • Julens Sange - Christmas songs. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Exlibris
  • Årstidernes sange. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Exlibris
  • Carl Nielsen: Songs. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Exlibris
  • Fædrelandssange. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Tamás Vetö. Exlibris
  • The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs. Music by Nielsen, Kuhlau, Weyse, Hartmann, Gade, Laub, Heise, Schultz and Nørholm. Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Dacapo (2014)

Contemporary[edit]

  • Bo Holten: Sønderjysk Sommer Symfoni. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Exlibris
  • Per Nørgård: Den Foruroligende Ælling. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Ivan Hansen. Exlibris
  • New Music For Choir - Hans Abrahamsen Universe Birds. Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Konstateringer. Bo Holten Grundtvig Motets. Per Nørgård Wie Ein Kind. Poul Ruders 2 Motets. Sven-David Sandström En Ny Himmel Och En Ny Jord. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Bo Holten. Kontrapunkt 32016
  • Ib Nørholm: Elverspejl (The Elf Mirror), Pavlovski, Resmark, Hoyer, Vocal Group Ars Nova & Frans Rasmussen. Kontrapunkt 1996
  • Bo Holten: Orfeo-Fragmenter I-VI. Niels Rosing-Schow Sommerfugledalen. Exlibris 30055 (1996)
  • Ib Nørholm: Choral Works. Americana op.89, MacMoon Songs III op.154, Sjaefuld Sommer op. 146, 3 Lieder, Fuglene op.129. Vocal Group Ars Nova, Danish Chamber Players & Tamás Vetö. Dacapo
  • Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Works for Voices and Instruments. Vocal Group Ars Nova, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen & Ivan Hansen. Dacapo
  • Per Nørgård. Singe die Gärten Works for Choir I. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Tamás Vetö. Dacapo
  • Per Nørgård. Mythic Morning - Works for Choir II. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Tamás Vetö. Dacapo 2005
  • Rued Langgaard: Rose Garden Songs Dacapo. Vocal Group Ars Nova & Tamás Vetö. reissued 2009
  • Terry Riley. In C. Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Ars Nova Records 2006
  • Per Nørgård: Lygtemaendene tager til byen (The Will-o'-the-Wisps Go to Town), Dam-Jensen, Kihlberg, Gjerris, Henning-Jensen, Jensen, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard. Dacapo
  • Svend Nielsen (b. 1937). Sommerfugledalen, for 12 solo voices. (Also includes a reading of the poem by the poet recorded in 1991 for the earlier Kontrapunkt release). Ars Nova Copenhagen & Tamás Vetö. Dacapo 2007
  • David Lang (composer). The little Match Girl Passion. Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Harmonia Mundi 2009
  • Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932). The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Dacapo 2010
  • A Bridge of Dreams. Lou Harrison (America, 1917-2003) Mass for Saint Cecilia's Day (1983). Ross Edwards (composer) (Australia, b. 1943) Sacred Kingfisher Psalms (2009). Jack Body (New Zealand, b.1944) Five Lullabies (1989). Liu Sola (China, b.1955) The Seafarer to a text of Kevin Crossley-Holland (2009). Anne Boyd (Australia, b.1946) As I crossed a bridge of Dreams (1975). A cappella music from Australia and New Zealand. Andrew Lawrence-King, Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Ars Nova Records 2011
  • Arvo Pärt (b. 1935). Creator Spiritus. Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Harmonia Mundi (2012)
  • Bent Sørensen (composer) (b. 1958)/ Johannes Ockeghem. Fragments of Requiem. Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Dacapo 2012
  • John Cage: The Complete John Cage Edition Volume 18: The Choral Works 1. Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier. Mode Records
  • Axel Borup-Jørgensen: Carambolage: Works for ensemble and voice. Århus Sinfonietta, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Søren Kinch Hansen. Dacapo 2014
  • Pablo Ortiz: Gallos y Huesos | Notker. Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier. Orchid Records 2015
  • "First Drop". Howard Skempton: "Rise up my love"; Michael Gordon: "He Saw a Skull"; David Lang: "When we were children"; Kevin Volans: "Walking Song [organ]"; Pablo Ortiz: "Five Monets"; Louis Andriessen: "Un beau baiser"; Gabriel Jackson: "L'homme armé"; Howard Skempton: "More sweet than my refrain"; Steve Reich: "Know what is above you"; Steve Reich: "Clapping Music" (arr. Paul Hillier); Terry Riley: "Mexico City Blues"

References[edit]

  1. ^ New music of the Nordic countries - Page 91 John David White, Jean Christensen - 2002 In this conceptual development Frounberg has gone farther than any other Danish composer of his generation. ... Conductor and self-taught composer, Bo Holten was one of the driving forces behind the Ars Nova vocal ensemble in the 1970s.
  2. ^ Twentieth century Danish music Page 51 Lansing D. McLoskey - 1998 "Choral music of international standard: a portrait of the Ars Nova choir." Musical Denmark. 39 ( 1 988): 9-12. B266. Beyer, Anders. "Dansk musik i 0st og Vest." dmt. 5 (Jan./Feb. 1993/94): 165-7.
  3. ^ Historical dictionary of choral music - Page 205 Melvin P. Unger - 2010 Danish composer and conductor. He studied musicology at Copenhagen University, and bassoon at the Royal Danish Conservatory. In 1979 he founded Ars Nova, a vocal ensemble specializing in Renaissance vocal works and new music, ...

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