• 95 percent perfection

    The vocal ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen adds a special, pleasant sound to the English Renaissance music - and a sophisticated interpretation.

    black
    Magasinet Klassisk
  • A Danish breath from the choral summit

    "Ars Nova is one of the most interesting Nordic choirs, and from an artistic perspective perhaps the best of them all." Review of the concert Sunt Lacrimae Rerum at Ritarihuone in Helsinki on August 27th 2016.

    black
    Rondo Classic
  • Chamber Choir excelled with vulnerable contemporary works at the highest vocal level

    5 hearts

    Ars Nova Copenhagen sang about murder, internment, and loving and losing.

     

    green
    Politiken
  • Minimal Extreme – review

    Ars Nova singing Allegri's Miserere was a serious luxury bonus to end the night.

    orange
    The Guardian
  • Mustergültige Monteverdi-Messe

    Die Marienvesper gehört zu den bedeutendsten Werken Claudio Monteverdis (1567-1643). Die Messe wurde für den Gebrauch in einer fürstlichen Kapelle konzipiert, erfordert deshalb auch virtuose Musiker und Sänger. Alle Anforderungen erfüllten der Chor Ars Nova Copenhagen und das Concerto Copenhagen unter der Leitung von Paul Hillier in vorbildlicher Bestform. Eine musikalische Sternstunde!

    yellow
    Schleswig-HOlsteiner Zeitungsverlag
  • Lincoln Center, august 2010

    The performances of Ligeti’s “Lux Aeterna” and Xenakis’s “Nuits” were no less accomplished. These are treacherous a cappella tours de force that you never want to hear an inferior chorus attempt.
    orange
    New York Times
  • Lincoln Center, august 2010

    The score of Lux aeterna reveals a careful scientific exercise in polyphonic relationships, but in this performance it was something entirely extraordinary.

    turquoise
    Seated Ovation
  • Lincoln Center, august 2010

    Ars Nova Copenhagen gave tip-top performances for the aforementioned Xenakis and Ligeti. The women especially had ripe open voices, the conducting under Paul Hillier was absolutely meticulous.

    light-green
    ConcertoNet.com - The Classical Musi network
  • A Fine Gloss By Hillier

    This fascinating program was sung with transparent balances, harmonies in precise intonation and an expressive range as wide as the material, composed five centuries apart. (...) The singers were totally at ease in the smooth, mellifluous polyphony of the old masters, which opened the program, and in the "Dominus regit me" of Carl Nielsen, dating from 1929 but in a style indebted to Renaissance music.

    black
    The Washington Post
  • Danish ensemble serious and adventurous

    First there were the King’s Singers at Christ Church Cathedral and last evening the Danish ensemble ARS NOVA gave a splendid concert in the University of Ottawa’s Tabaret Hall. (...) It is tempting to compare Ars Nova with the all-male King’s singers, though the differences are significant. Both are supremely musical, but the Danish choir is mixed, almost twice the size and, especially, more serious and adventourous in programming.

    black
    The Ottawa Citizen
  • Order and the Avant-Garde In Radiant Harmonies

    Paul Hillier drew a consistently ravishing sound from the singers.

    black
    New York Times
  • All deserving of prolonged appreciation

    The programme may have given the choice of the Tudor East Anglian composer Taverner or the contemporary Tavener, but the Western Wynd Mass was the polyphonic thread of the former throughout the programme, conducted by Paul Hillier, and emphasised the extraordinary blend of the choir. (...) The seamless choral progression in Arvo Part’s Nunc Dimitis, with its gradually building crescendos and controlled dynamics to the subtly fading end, gave vocal scope for another facet of this outstanding choir.

    black
    Eastern Daily Press
  • Edinburgh Festival 2007

    John Taverner holds a seminal position in musical history. Much of that is due to one work, his Western Wind Mass (...). In this performance it sounded every bit the glowing masterpiece, due as much to the presentation as the magnificent refinement and ringing resonance of this performance.

    black
  • Edinburgh Festival 2007

    Taverner composed both in Latin and English - prudently, it was said, because changes in monarch could bring reversions to the Roman rite. Infiltrated with old English interludes, Hillier's glowing, energetic performance, sung not only by his own ensemble, but by Ars Nova Copenhagen and sometimes by himself, was radiantly sustained and keenly controlled in acoustics for which it seemed impressively geared.

    black
    The Edinburgh Herald