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Else Torp  

soprano

Else Torp (soprano) first specialised in baroque and even earlier music, but is now also recognised as a leading exponent of many kinds of new music. She has been featured with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Danish regional orchestras, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, Lautten Companey Berlin and the Kronos Quartet. She also enjoys singing an extensive repertoire of German and Danish Lieder, and presenting exotic works such as William Walton’s Façade, Judith Weir’s one-voice opera King Harald’s Saga, and Stockhausen’s American Indian Songs.

Else Torp is a core member of Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices, with whom she has performed around the world: at the BBC Proms, the London Barbican Centre, Berliner Festspiele, Royal Opera in Copenhagen, Perth International Arts Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Stanford Lively Arts, Edinburgh International Festival, and the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Else Torp has sung on more than 30 recordings. Her solo singing on Ars Nova Copenhagen's  CD series of Schütz’s ‘narrative works’ earned special praise. She is also soloist on Theatre of Voices’ Grammy award-winning CD of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion (Harmonia Mundi, USA).

Together with London Sinfonietta and Theatre of Voices she has initiated and sung a portrait concert of Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen – to be recorded for the Danish label Dacapo. Also on Dacapo, Else has recorded a recital of songs by the early Romantic Danish composer C.E.F. Weyse. Having performed Arvo Pärt’s Miserere, Stabat Mater and Passio on many occasions – including his official televised Estonian 70th birthday concert in 2005 – Else Torp can be heard on Harmonia Mundi's 2012-recording of Stabat Mater.

www.elsetorp.com

Live Dates

31/01/2012   CD-release og koncert: Tavole per Orfeo
Dacapo Records og musikforlaget Edition Wilhelm Hansen inviterer til koncert og CD-release på udgivelsen "Tavole per Orfeo"
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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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12/10/2012   MusicWeb International

Heinrich Schütz: Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion
"Deeply moving performances of some intriguing works."
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01/09/2012   Classical Guitar Magazine

Ib Nørholm: Tavole per Orfeo
"For aficionados of contemporary music.", "A fine addition to any collection."
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02/07/2012   International Record Review

Ib Nørholm: Tavole per Orfeo
"Both Torp and Pålsson are in their element. The recording is both intimate and admirably clear".
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01/07/2012   American Record Guide

Ib Nørholm: Tavole per Orfeo
"Norholm shows humor, grace, passion, and excellent craft"
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07/06/2012   Fanfaremag.com

Ib Nørholm: Tavole per Orfeo
"Ib Nørholm is, in fact, an excellent composer" ... "I certainly enjoyed the listening experience."
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01/05/2012   Classica

Finn Høffding: Orchestral Works
3/4 Stars

"Fêtons et réjouissons-nous de cette écoute imposante, de cette découverte si enthousiasmante."
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01/05/2012   Gramophone

Ib Nørholm: Tavole per Orfeo
"...the composer could hardly wish for more elegant interpreters. "
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28/03/2012   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Ib Nørholm: Tavole per Orfeo
4/6 Stars

"Else Torp stiller så klart ind på den stemningsfulde danske lyrik, at man uden videre lader sig opsluge."
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28/03/2012   David's Review Corner

Ib Nørholm: Tavole per Orfeo
"In Else Torp we have that pure and almost innocent voice that seems ideal for the music, and she is well partnered by Per Palsson's admirable guitar playing"
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02/03/2012   Information

Ib Nørholm: Tavole per Orfeo
"Else Torp opleves som en næsten guddommelig sirene i den såre danske og undertiden også sælsomt udanske melodibog af Ib Nørholm."
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01/04/2011   MusicWeb International

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
"A compelling programme of wonderful vocal music by Buxtehude"
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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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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   Audiophile Audition

Dietrich Buxtehude: Scandinavian Cantatas
5/5 Stars

"This is an outstanding release, stirred to great heights by the ever-energetic Paul Hillier and his marvelous Theater"
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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   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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29/09/2010   MusicWeb International

C.E.F. Weyse: The Key Masterpieces
"This set gives every appearance of being a well informed and inspiringly chosen Weyse introduction"
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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   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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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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09/03/2010   Aachener Zeitung

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
5 Stars

"Schütz schlägt aus jedem Wort musikalisch kostbare Funken."
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09/02/2010   Musikeren

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"En forrygende indspilning."
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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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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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Photo: Kelly Crandle/Kieran Kesner

Discography

Tavole per Orfeo
Tavole per Orfeo
Ib Nørholm

CD 8.226068 (2012)

Exquisite, poetic songs for soprano and guitar, written in the 1960s by a classic master of Danish music.

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

The Key Masterpieces
The Key Masterpieces
Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse

CD 8.226105-06 (2010)

The 3rd issue in Dacapo’s Perspectives series fully portrays this ingenious composer of the Danish Golden Age

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

Morning and Evening Songs
Morning and Evening Songs
C.E.F. Weyse

CD 8.224714 (2006)

The greatest in the smallest – an imperishable treasure in Danish music


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