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Jakob Bloch Jespersen acquired already as a boy his fundamental musical education, as well as his interest in singing, from his membership of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir. This led to studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, from which he attained his diploma in 2004, and subsequently to further studies at the Opera Academy of the Royal Danish Theatre, from which he graduated in 2007.  Furthermore, he has studied privately with Hervé Niquet in Paris.

In 2006, Jakob Bloch Jespersen made his debut at the Royal Danish Theatre as Angelotti in Puccini's TOSCA and participated in the DVD and TV recordings of Carl Nielsen's Maskarade as Magister Collatinus in Britten's Rape of Lucretia at the intimate stage Takkelloftet, Basilio in Rossini's The Barber in Seville at The New Opera (in Esbjerg, Jutland) as well as roles in numerous contemporary opera productions.

In spite of his young age, Jakob Bloch Jespersen has made his mark as a vocalist, both at home and abroad, with a repertoire stretching from baroque music to first performances of contemporary composers. This has lead him to a number of the leading concert halls of the world, such as Palais des Beaux Arts - Brussels, The Carnegie Hall - New York and Sala Sao Paulo - Brazil and to international festivals for early and contemporary music, among others Ambronay Festival - France, Berliner Festspiele and Stimmen Festival - Germany, and Sacrum Profanum - Krakow, Poland.

In the early repertoire, Jakob Bloch Jespersen has worked with Concerto Copenhagen, Arte Dei Suonatori, and Ars Nova Copenhagen on several occasions under the direction, among others, of Paul Hillier and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. In the contemporary repertoire, he has worked, among others in cooperation with ensembles such as The Theatre of Voices, I Solisti del Vento, Figura Ensemble and the Athelas Sinfonietta in works by Cage, Berio, Crumb, Pärt, Stockhausen, David Lang, and Liu Sola.

Moreover, Jakob Bloch Jespersen has appeared in a long list of the larger oratorio works with several of the Danish regional orchestras, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Leipziger Kammerorchester, The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, and The Copenhagen Phil with conductors such as Adam Fischer, Michael Schønwandt, Jim Wang, Thomas Søndergaard, Morten Schuldt Jensen, Tobias Ringborg and Giordano Bellincampi.

Jakob Bloch Jespersen features on several CD recordings: among others Bach-cantatas with Conterto Copenhagen and Anne Sofie von Otter for Deutsche Gramophone, David Lang Little Match Girl Passion and Berio A-Ronne with The Theatre of Voices for Harmonia Mundi, Kurt Weill Von Tod im Wald and Berliner Requiem with The Flemish Radio Choir and I Solisti del Vento for Glossa and Schütz The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ and Lukas and Matthäus Passions with Ars Nova and Concerto Copenhagen for DaCapo.

In addition, Jakob Bloch Jespersen has a particular interest in doing recitals, and he regularly performs several of the major works of the lieder-genre, such as Schumann's Liederkreis, op.39 and Schubert's Winterreise.

 

www.jakobbloch.com  

Live Dates

21/06/2015   Video trailer: Thomas Kingo's Sacred Songbooks
View our video trailer for the new album "Thomas Kingo's Sacred Songbooks" with Phemius Consort.
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18/06/2015   New light on Kingo
En ny CD med Jakob Bloch Jespersen og hans Phemius Consort præsenterer for første gang Kingos salmer i den form, digteren selv havde tænkt dem. CD’en præsenteres ved en særlig Kingo-højmesse i Frederiksberg Kirke 28. juni.
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03/05/2013   Trailer and documentary: Fête Galante
View the documentary about the concert performance and CD recording of Poul Schierbeck's opera "Fête Galante" online
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22/02/2013   Musikanmelderringens Kunstnerpriser 2013
Basbarytonen Jakob Bloch Jespersen og Nightinggale String Quartet modtager Musikanmelderringens Kunstnerpriser 2013.
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12/04/2011   A 'hair-shirt Easter treat'...
Discover why International Record Review descibes this release as "truly excellent performances" and a "hair-shirt Easter treat"
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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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22/07/2016   Avant Scène Opéra

CARL NIELSEN Maskarade
[..] "Si la précision musicale et la prise de son ne peuvent rivaliser avec celles de l’enregistrement studio, voilà néanmoins le témoignage d’une soirée on ne peut plus festive."
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31/05/2016   jcklassisk

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
[..]"Fine righoldige artikler både på dansk og engelsk forøger værdien af en cd, som er et stykke levende musikhistorie. Der musiceres fornemt og alsidigt og i kontakt med salmeteksterne, som også er med i pladehæftet."
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28/01/2016   American Record Guide

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
"The songs and hymns are simple, direct, and attractive - qualities that clearly have helped win them durability among Danes. [...] 13 selections are offered here, sung with fetching loveliness by soprano Else Torp and with manly fervor by bass Jakob Bloch Jespersen."
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18/12/2015   Morgenbladet

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
"Phemius Consort gir salmene lette, tidsriktige arrangementer. Det er stilsikkert gjort, poengtert spilt og sunget med en overbevisende sammenstilling av patos og uskyld. De to sangerne, Else Torp og Jakob Bloch Pedersen, er skolerte barokksangere, men de synger som om de står i private rum, midt i en sammenkomst av familie og noen få, nære venner."
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04/12/2015   Harmonia Early Music

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
"Thomas Kingo’s Sacred Song Books is the Phemius Consort’s debut recording - and it’s a very enjoyable one."
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01/09/2015   Organistbladet

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
"Kingos to små samlinger med titlen "Aandelige Siunde-koor" fra henholdsvis 1674 og 1681 er i følge den ene af Phemius Consorts to ledere, bassangeren Jakob Bloch Jespersen, blandt de vigtigste udgivelser i dansk litteraturhistorie."
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01/09/2015   Fyens Stifttidende

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
4/6 Stars

"Der synges og musiceres elegant og levende"
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15/08/2015   Jyllands-Posten

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
"Balanceret nydelse"
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27/07/2015   Flensborg Amtsavis

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
"...pladen er en ægte perle: "Man kan sige, at vi har befriet Kingo fra flere århundreders lag puds, som fællessangtraditionen i folkekirken har tilført hans salmer""
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17/07/2015   Weekendavisen

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
"Svulmende nydelser - barokdigteren Thomas Kingos sange i forbilledlig stiltro udførelse. De blev ikke skrevet til kirken, men til hjemmet."
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16/07/2015   Politiken

Kingos salmer skulle synges derhjemme
4/6 Hjerter

"Skrevet på dansk, som de er, skulle salmerne styrke danskerens tro, og selv om de næppe ofte har været sunget så rent og nuanceret som her af sopranen Else Torp og bassen Jakob Bloch Jespersen, så er dette en vellykket cd at blive klog af."
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08/07/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
5/6 Stars

"Til alle der elsker danske salmer"
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28/06/2015   GregersDH

Thomas Kingo’s Sacred Song Books
4/6 Stars

"Sært og tankevækkende... Sangene bliver sunget med stærk indlevelse af Jakob Bloch Jespersen og Else Torp. En mandig bas, der lever hvert ord i salmerne og tilfører dem prægtig klang. Og en lysende, rent syngende sopran med næsten barnlig klang trods den modne artikulation."
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01/12/2013   Gramophone

Poul Schierbeck: Fête Galante
Holiday Critic’s Choice: "A superb cast and recording".
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01/11/2013   Classica

Poul Schierbeck: Fête Galante
3/4 Stars

"Schierbeck, véritable maître de l'orchestre, s'impose grâce à une instrumentation exquise. On pense, entre autres, à l'Ouverture brillante, mais également à diverses pages purement orchestrales de tout beauté, sans oublier un délicat et bienveillant accompagnement des voix."
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01/10/2013   International Record Review

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"It’s one of those rare works that makes you happy to be alive, and I commend it to your attention with every enthusiasm."
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01/10/2013   Opera

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"This is an attractive performance.", "Schierbeck's orchestral writing is masterly."
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01/10/2013   Gramophone

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
"With beautiful recording quality and excellent documentation in addition to first-rate performance, the collectability of this issue for Scandophiles is not in doubt."
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11/09/2013   Kristeligt Dagblad

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
4/6 Stars

"Bobler af vid og charme."
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02/09/2013   Klassisk

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
5/6 Stars

"En fremragende opførelse ... det ville være oplagt at tage denne lille perle op på scenen igen"
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02/09/2013   OPUS

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
5/6 Stars

"Michael Schönwandt, Danska radions symfoniorkester och kör tar fram små detaljer, stora linjer och inte minst det goda smilet i musiken. God fornöjelse!"
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01/09/2013   Fono Forum

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
5/5 Stars

Empfehlungen des Monats: "Überzeugend", "Ein musikalisches Meisterwerk.", "Die Ouvertüre zählt zur besten Orchestermusik aus Dänemark."
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01/07/2013   David's Review Corner

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
“There is not one weak link in the long list of subordinate character singers, and the orchestra, with Michael Schønwandt conducting, is absolutely superb… My major problem is to stop playing it.”
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14/06/2013   Fyens Stiftstidende

Poul Schierbeck: Fête galante
4/6 Stars

"En velfortjent genfødsel"
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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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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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05/04/2012   Audiophile Audition

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/5 Stars

"Hillier and his Copenhagen players are born to this music."
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09/06/2011   Klassik.com

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/4 Stars

"Im besten Sinne lässt der erfahrene Engländer erzählen - dramatisch, plastisch, lyrisch, entlang des fesselnden Passionsgeschehens."
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01/06/2011   BBC Music Magazine

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/5 Stars

"Well recorded, in warm acoustic, this is a worthy completion of Hillier's collection of all six of Schütz's narrative works."
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01/06/2011   Gramophone

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
"Individual step-outs ensure that chanting is dramatically engaged and the consort singing is flawless."
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01/05/2011   Klassisk

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/6 Stars

"En udgivelse af internationalt format"
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27/04/2011   Kristeligt Dagblad

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
4/6 Stars

"Som et korrektiv til alle de overfladiske ting, der dominerer i samtiden, er det fremragende."
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12/04/2011   International Record Review

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
"For the first time we have access to truly excellent performances of all three Passions"
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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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01/04/2011   David's Review Corner

Heinrich Schütz: Matthäus-Passion
"Excellently performed and immaculately recorded, it will be an important release to those interested in this era."
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11/03/2011   Nomono

Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
"En skrap konkurrent til Bachs juleoratorium og påskekantater."
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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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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   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   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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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   Klassisk

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie
5 Stars

"De sanglige præstationer er smukke ... En indspilning, som lægger op til en fordybelse."
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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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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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01/11/2009   Fanfare

Heinrich Schütz: Lukas-Passion
"Tenor Johan Linderoth is superb in the demanding role of the Evangelist"
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01/11/2009   BBC Music Magazine

Heinrich Schütz: Lukas-Passion
4 Stars

"ARS NOVA's intonation is superb, creating a rich tone in a reverberant Copenhagen Church."
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01/09/2009   Gramophone

Heinrich Schütz: Lukas-Passion
"Paul Hillier delivers a first-rate recording to launch a promising Schütz series"
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Discography

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books

CD 8.226121 (2015)

Fête galante
Fête galante
Poul Schierbeck

SACD 6.220637-38 (2013)

A true operatic feast: Schierbeck’s Fete galante from 1931 is lyrical and warm, glitteringly orchestrated and has Denmark’s best singers in the main roles

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.

Matthäus-Passion
Matthäus-Passion
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.226094 (2011)

Paul Hillier and his Ars Nova Copenhagen conclude their series of early Baroque master Heinrich Schütz’ vocal treasury

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

Lukas-Passion
Lukas-Passion
Heinrich Schütz

CD 8.226019 (2009)

The intense rigour of Schütz’ music is in perfect hands with Paul Hillier

Maskarade (DVD)
Maskarade (DVD)
Carl Nielsen

DVD 2.110407 (2007)

The Danish "national opera" in a rebellious, witty new interpretation


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