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Michael Bojesen  

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Michael Bojesen is a versatile artist as both composer, conductor and music pedagogue. In the course of his career he has established a fine reputation for himself as a striking profile in the Danish music scene, especially as conductor. For a decade Michael Bojesen was chief conductor for the Danish National Girls Choir for which he since has held the title as honorary conductor. Bojesen has worked closely with the DR Big Band, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Danish regional orchestras. From 1989 to 2006 he conducted The Copenhagen Chamber Choir Camerata with which he recorded numerous CDs, received many international awards and won a Danish Grammy for Best Classical Recording in 1998. Since September 2012 Michael Bojesen has been director of Copenhagen Opera Festival. Furthermore he was senior lecturer at Sankt Annæ Gymnaisum, associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the driving force behind the DR Choir School and co-editor of the 18th edition of the Folk High School Songbook. His involvement in singing led to a nationwide initiative ‘The Year of Singing’ in 2008, the same year when he was awarded “Den folkelige sangs pris”.

Live Dates

23/01/2016   Fyens Stiftstidende

Så syng da, Danmark! Carl Nielsen
3/6 Stars

"[..] et frisk og naturligt flow,[..]"
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01/10/2015   Gramophone

CARL NIELSEN: SONGS FOR CHOIR
THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Nielsen beyond the symphonies

"Of Nielsen’s 300 popular Danish songs, few have retained a more significant place in Denmark’s national psyche than this ditty on the country’s fabled everyman. Jens the road-mender endlessly chips at rocks before dying unrecognised without a single stone to grace his own grave. The tune is easily learnt, inviting communal participation in a hymn to social justice that gets an appropriately ‘straight’ choral performance in this Dacapo collection."
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07/07/2015   American Record Guide

Nielsen: Songs for choir
"The warm, amiable sound of the small chamber group is aptly attuned to [Nielsen’s] music. …don’t hesitate to seek this out."
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19/06/2015   Fyens Amts Avis

The Unknown Carl Nielsen
3/6 Stars

"Sangene, fortolket af Dénise Beck, Johan Reuter og Ars Nova Copenhagen med Michael Bojesen, er her blevet oversat bemærkelsesværdigt ordret til et smukt og poetisk engelsk."
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09/06/2015   Kristeligt Dagblad

Gaven til venner i udlandet
5/6 Stars

"Den ene perle afløser den anden, og Becks fine kvindestemme og Reuters mandige røst glæder i lige høj grad lytteren, ligesom Ars Nova også fryder med deres lette Nielsen-stil."
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09/06/2015   JydskeVestkysten

Den danske sang er en fair young maiden
"At de vigtigste sange nu foreligger i professionel oversættelse og fortolkes så forbilledligt kan kun føre mere godt med sig."
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08/06/2015   WQXR (New York)

Carl Nielsen: Songs for choir
"Ars Nova Copenhagen performs with exquisite balance, unanimity and warmth."
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03/06/2015   Opera News

Carl Nielsen: Songs for choir
"This album documents an important segment of Nielsen’s output that is unknown outside of his native country, and it makes for exceptionally pleasant listening"
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01/06/2015   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: Songs for choir
"Would you want to listen to 20 of these songs so plainly delivered in one sitting? In an anniversary year like this, if you’ve any interest in Nielsen, you should."
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07/05/2015   Scene Magazine

Carl Nielsen: Songs for choir
"The dozen Danish members of Ars Nova Copenhagen under the direction of conductor Michael Bojesen do a more than adequate job of bringing the songs to life."
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19/03/2015   Sinfini Music

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
4/5 Stars

"Michael Bojesen’s sensitive harmonisations, based on Nielsen’s original piano parts, are matched by his fine feeling for nuance in performance and top quality singing from Ars Nova’s dozen choristers."
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01/03/2015   Online Merker

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
"Entdecken lohnt sich!"
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17/02/2015   MusicWeb International

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
"As one would expect from Dacapo the engineering is first-rate; the choir's ideally balanced and the sound is utterly natural right across the range."
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07/02/2015   SA-CD.net

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
5/5 Stars

"Singing with deeply fervent pride, the sound of the twelve singers of Ars Nova Copenhagen is immediately recognisable for its tone, clarity, balance and expressiveness, and they treat these simple songs as if they were some of Nielsen's greatest masterpieces."
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02/02/2015   DR P2 Ugens Album

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
”Carl Nielsens sange er Carl Nielsen på sin absolutte hjemmebane. På Ugens Album i fremragende flerstemmige versioner med Ars Nova Copenhagen.”
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30/01/2015   Politiken

Det komplekse og det enkle hos Carl Nielsen
5/6 Hjerter

"Ars Nova synger med smuk balance og perfekt klanglig egalitet. Arrangementerne er enkle og respektfulde, og ingen (...) kan undgå at blive ramt på følelserne."
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14/12/2014   Berlingske - ÅRETS BEDSTE 2014

Carl Nielsen: Sange for kor
"Arrangementerne er meget velformede og modsat af overlæssede. Så svært – og dog så enkelt."
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27/01/2005   Politiken

Ib Nørholm: Choral Works
4/6 Hjerter

"Klare og karakteristiske stemningsfarver, en mængde lunerigt træfsikre maleriske detaljer og en frisk og yndefuld korisk diktion”
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Photo: Søren Solkjær

Discography

Så syng da, Danmark! Carl Nielsen
Så syng da, Danmark! Carl Nielsen

CD 8.224710 (2015)

Songs for choir
Songs for choir
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220569 (2014)

Corona
Corona
Hanne Ørvad

CD 8.226534 (2008)

Spacious, magical choral music sung by three virtuoso ensembles

Choral Works
Choral Works
Ib Nørholm

CD 8.224700 (2004)

Winter music of great purity and poetry by a master composer of our time


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