Ars Nova Copenhagen & Paul Hillier

Lørdag d. 14. september kl. 15

Vor Frue Kirke

Ars Nova Copenhagen

Sopran: Ann Christin Wesser Ingels, Kate Macoboy, Hanna Kappelin

Alt: Laura Lamph, Elenor Wiman, Carina Tybjerg Madsen

Tenor: Jakob Skjoldborg, Luis Toscano, Ross Buddie

Bas: Mikkel Tuxen, Danny Purtell, Nuno Mendes

Dirigent Paul Hillier

 

A Sense of Proportion

Johannes Ockeghem                                          Kyrie, Missa Prolationum
(1410 ell. 1425 – 1497)

Arvo Pärt                                                              Da pacem
(1935)

Johannes Ockeghem                                         Gloria, Missa Prolationum

Caroline Shaw                                                    and the swallow (psalm 84)
(1982)

Johannes Ockeghem                                        Credo, Missa Prolationum

John Frandsen                                                  O sacrum convivium
(1956)

Johannes Ockeghem                                       Sanctus, Missa Prolationum

Howard Skempton                                          The Lord is my shepherd
(1947)

Johannes Ockeghem                                       Agnus, Missa Prolationum

 

Koncerten optages af Danmarks Radio

 

Ars Nova Copenhagen

ARS NOVA Copenhagen is widely recognized as one of the finest vocal groups in Europe. Founded in 1979, the ensemble today is busier than ever. In addition to its annual season of concerts in Copenhagen and throughout Denmark, the ensemble regularly appears across Europe, in North and South America, and Asia.

At the heart of ARS NOVA Copenhagen’s work is its equal dedication to early music and new music. Some programs explore the cross-currents between the two, while others form detailed portraits of individual composers or genres within a given period.

The group has performed at many prestigious venues such as The Edinburgh International Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, NY, and Festival International Cervantino in Guanajuato in Mexico. Recently, Ars Nova was ensemble in residence and performed three concerts during the Heinrich Schütz Musikfest in and around the composer’s hometown, Dresden.

Ars Nova has recorded a large number of CDs including Taverner & Tudor Music I & II, the voices-and-percussion version of In C (Terry Riley’s ‘60s masterpiece), A Bridge of Dreams (featuring a cappella music from the Pasific Rim), Creator Spiritus (music by Arvo Pärt) and The Christmas Story told through plainchant, motets and traditional folk carols. And of course the catalogue also includes portraits of some of the leading Danish composers such as Carl Nielsen, Rued Langgaard, Per Nørgård, Ib Nørholm, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Bent Sørensen. Among the most recent recordings are Danish Partsongs from The golden Age featuring a selection of the most prominent Danish composers from the last 200 years and First Drop a recital CD featuring music by among others Howard Skempton, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon and Louis Andriessen. A few years back the group finished a large-scale project together with Dacapo Records, to record the six major narrative works by Heinrich Schütz. Ars Nova’s recordings have received enthusiastic reviews all over the world. In 2010 the CD The Little Match Girl Passion with music by David Lang received a Grammy Award.

Paul Hillier

Paul Hillier is from Dorset in England and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His career has embraced singing, conducting, composing, and writing about music. Earlier in his career he was founding director of the Hilliard Ensemble, and subsequently founded Theatre of Voices. He has taught in the USA at the University of California campuses at Santa Cruz and Davis, and from 1996-2003 was Director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University.

He was Principal Conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (2001-2007) and has been Chief Conductor of Ars Nova Copenhagen since 2003. His recordings, over a hundred CDs including seven solo recitals, have earned worldwide acclaim and won numerous prizes. His books about Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich, together with numerous anthologies of choral music, are published by Oxford University Press. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to choral music. In 2007 he received the Order of the White Star of Estonia, and was awarded a Grammy for Best Choral Recording.

In 2008 he became Chief Conductor of Chamber Choir Ireland and was also appointed artistic director of the newly formed Coro Casa da Música in Porto. During 2009 he was artist in residence at Yale University’s Institute for Sacred Music. In 2010 he was awarded his second Grammy – for David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion. In 2013 he was awarded the Order of Dannebrog by Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark: the Danish knighthood.