Lincoln Center, august 2010

Harry Rolnick, - The Classical Musi network
Lørdag, 14. august

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.

The opening was more conservative, Bach’s third motet, Jesu, meine Freude, where Ars Nova gave a performance as dramatic as a choral opera. The work tells the story of Jesus not objectively, but from the viewpoint of a believer, who sees hell and heaven and witnesses the agony of the Christ. Mr. Hillier took his group through the ecstasies and the agonies, and at the end–with the solace of “Jesus, my true joy”–their notes were both beautiful and beatific.