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Adam Riis   (Born 1978)

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Adam Riis (tenor) took his diploma from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2005 and is a Crear Scholar 2012 with Malcolm Martineau. With soloist activities in Scandinavia, Ger­many, Holland and Belgium, Adam Riis has made his mark in Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary music with ensembles such as Arte dei Suonatori, Concerto Copenhagen, the Baroque Soloists, the São Paolo Symphony Orchestra, Kaleidoskop Berlin, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Flensburger Bach-Orchester, the Copenhagen Phil,  the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.

Adam Riis has worked with conductors like Paul Hillier, Stefan Solyom, Vassily Sinaisky, Andrew Lawrence-King, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Olof Boman, Fredrik Malmberg and Thomas Dausgaard

Adam Riis is also a dedicated Lied singer, and with the pianist Christian Westergaard was selected in 2009 for the prestigious competition at the Wigmore Hall and Thomas Quasthof's Das Lied in Berlin, where they reached the semifinals.

Among other recordings, Adam Riis has participated in Dacapo's critically acclaimed recordings of Heinrich Schütz's passions and narrative works.

Live Dates

05/07/2012   New video: Per Nørgård - LIBRA
View our video trailer from the recording sessions of Per Nørgård's vocal cycle Libra with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and tenor soloist Adam Riis
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01/04/2011   Hillier's Schütz in Choir & Organ
'You don't really know music until you've performed it in front of an audience', states the chief conductor of Ars Nova Copenhagen
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29/03/2011   Paul Hillier's diary in GRAMOPHONE
As his Schütz series on Dacapo draws to a close, the chief conductor of Ars Nova Copenhagen reveals the importance of story-telling in choral music
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08/03/2013   Gramophone

Per Nørgård: Libra
"Between the Danish National Vocal Ensemble's immaculate enunciation and Fredrik Malmberg's sensitive decrypting of Nørgård's multiple meanings, Nørgård's composition is revealed as being bold, beautiful and wise."
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01/03/2013   Classica

Per Nørgård: Libra & Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
3/4 Stars

Sceneries for percussion and ensemble: "Un saisissant moment de poésie contemporaine." Libra: "Non formatée et tres inspirée, envoûte par son aura particulière."
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01/02/2013   OPUS

Per Nørgård: Sceneries for percussion and ensemble
6/6 Stars

"Det speciella polyrytmiska pendlandet ger karaktär, liksom de märkligt ylande berg-och-dalbane-effekter som uppkommer i samband med spel på såg. (Vad allt ska inte en percussionist kunna!)"
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28/01/2013   American Record Guide

Per Nørgård: Libra
"If you’re fond of the music Kubrick used for 2001, you will love this."
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12/10/2012   MusicWeb International

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Deeply moving performances of some intriguing works."
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30/07/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Per Nørgård: Libra
4/6 Stars

"....med den Nørgårdske uendelighedsrække som bærende strukturprincip, oplever lytteren en svævende og kosmisk fornemmelse og løftes umærkeligt."
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20/07/2012   Jyllands-Posten

Per Nørgård: Libra
5/6 Stars

"Svimlende menneskelighed ... Nørgårds (...) vokalmusik (...) er karismatisk om noget og aldrig storladen eller medrivende pompøs".
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18/07/2012   Kristeligt Dagblad

Per Nørgård: Libra
4/6 Stars

"Lyder det fortænkt? Det er snarere gennemtænkt, som så mange af Per Nørgårds værker er det, gennemtænkte og gennemstrukturerede."
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17/05/2012   Allmusic.com

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
5/5 Stars

"The performance of the Johannes-Passion here is exceptional. [...] with an emphasis on the sweetness of the solo voices and a gentle grouping of low instruments."
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22/03/2011   Custos

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Theatre of Voices indfanger på strålende vis Buxtehudes intime tonesprog."
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11/03/2011   Nomono

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"En skrap konkurrent til Bachs juleoratorium og påskekantater."
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01/03/2011   Gramophone

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"The superb musicianship of the six voices and seven instrumentalists make this easy to recommend enthusiastically"
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25/02/2011   Fanfare

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Hillier, soloist Adam Riis, and the vocalists and players from the Ars Nova Copenhagen Schütz project are simply perfect."
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22/02/2011   Klassisk

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
6/6 Stars

"En fenomenal utgivelse, fullstappet av gleder du ikke bør nekte deg."
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28/01/2011   Musikansich.de

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Alle sechs Sänger spüren sensibel der Delikatesse dieser Musik nach."
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28/01/2011   Fanfare

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Singing and instrumental playing of great refinement and expressive intensity ... highly recommended."
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26/01/2011   Sydsvenskan

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
4/5 Stars

"En udda men utmärkt inspelning, gjord i Helsingør av ypperliga krafter"
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02/01/2011   Klassik.com

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Sensibel und mit eminenter stilistischer Sicherheit."
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17/12/2010   Classics Today 10/10

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Extraordinary and delightfully surprising ... All of these singers are excellent."
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08/12/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
4/6 Stars

"En fin udgivelse."
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02/12/2010   Berlingske Tidende

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
5/6 Stars

"Enhver elsker af barokmusik vil sidde som klistret til højtalerne."
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01/12/2010   International Record Review

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"The disc celebrates great musicality."
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01/11/2010   Klassisk

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
5/6 Stars

"Buxtehudes vokalværker klinger lyslevende og vedkommende."
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24/10/2010   The Observer

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"Of the very highest quality ... Highly recommended."
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29/09/2010   Berlingske Tidende

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
5/5 Stars

"Musikken skal lyde nøjagtig sådan. Med hverken for lidt drama eller for meget. Hvor smagfuldt."
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29/09/2010   Opera News

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Paul Hillier, as always, puts cogent storytelling on equal terms with musical values, eliciting dignified, sensitive and celebratory readings from Ars Nova Copenhagen."
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29/09/2010   Gramophone

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Schütz recordings of such ardent beauty are much too rare, so this is not to be missed."
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01/09/2010   MusicWeb International

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Overall this is a disc which gives immense satisfaction and which is a great credit to Paul Hillier as director of both works"
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01/08/2010   Fono Forum

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
4/5 Stars

"Belegt die Bandbreite der Schütz'schen Klangsprache sehr schön."
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23/06/2010   Klassik.com

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Technisch, intonatorisch und klanglich wird zweifellos ein hohes Niveau geboten. Auch die beteiligten Instrumente unterstreichen das. Sie formen in der 'Symphonia' eine sehr schöne Klangsphäre, begleiten die Jesus-Worte geschmackvoll, dezent und ausgewogen."
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01/05/2010   Musik & Kirche

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
4/5 Stars

"Sehr warmen, geschmeidigen und doch tranparenten Gesamtklang."
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18/04/2010   Dansk Musik Tidsskrift

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Det er flot at Dacapo kan udgive denne serie med et dansk ensemble, der kan skabe en så sublim oplevelse."
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07/04/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
4 Stars

"Man kan ikke forestille sig noget mere ærligt og ægte...Ingen kan gøre det bedre end Ars Nova Copenhagen."
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24/03/2010   Politiken

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
5/6 Hjerter

"I det store og svimlende atmosfæriske kirkerum blander de ligefremme stemmer sig til et væv af dybt interessante linjer."
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09/02/2010   The Daily Telegraph

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Vocally first-rate, this is a disc on which solemnity and vitality coalesce."
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09/02/2010   Musikeren

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"En forrygende indspilning."
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02/02/2010   Diapason

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
5 Stars

"Superbement dramatique."
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01/02/2010   International Record Review

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"This is an exceptionally well-recorded disc and Paul Hillier directs both works with obvious insight and affection"
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01/02/2010   Klassisk

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
5 Stars

"De sanglige præstationer er smukke ... En indspilning, som lægger op til en fordybelse."
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02/12/2009   Kristeligt Dagblad

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"Årets bedste jule-cd. Det er sjældent at høre et værk hvile så meget i sig selv, og der er tale om udgivelse, der tjener de implicerede til ære."
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Discography

Libra
Libra
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220622 (2012)

Enchanting vocal music with a vision of a world in ecstatic balance. A vocal tour de force in spectacular sound quality.

The Complete Narrative Works
The Complete Narrative Works
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.204035 (2011)

Box collection of Paul Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen’s highly acclaimed recordings of all of Schütz’s passions and narrative oratorios from the late Renaissance.

Scandinavian Cantatas
Scandinavian Cantatas
Dietrich Buxtehude

SACD 6.220534 (2010)

Grammy-winning ensemble Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier in Buxtehude's rare works of his vocal music

Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.226093 (2010)

Another set of stunning Baroque works in the third volume of ARS NOVA's and Paul Hillier's now hailed Schütz series

Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.226058 (2009)

Two Masterly examples of the Early Vocal Baroque with Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier


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