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Phemius Consort was formed by Jakob Bloch Jespersen and Allan Rasmussen. Phemius was the name of the bard in Homer’s Odyssey who entertained the guests with song and harpplaying at the home of Odysseus in Ithaca while Odysseus was away from home on his journey back from Troy. Odysseus’ wife Penelope considers Phemius’ singing too sad, as it reminds her of her missing husband, so she asks Phemius to sing a less unhappy song. But Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, says that Phemius must be allowed to sing what is in his heart. This becomes a turning-point for the young Telemachus, who then sets off to find his father.

For bass singer Jakob Bloch Jespersen and harpsichordist Allan Rasmussen, the story of the singer and harpist Phemius, who performs the music that is in his heart, was an obvious reference when they were looking for a name for their Baroque ensemble. The present CD is Phemius Consort’s first release and for it Jakob Bloch Jespersen and Allan Rasmussen have hand-picked a team of their ablest colleagues who are particularly suited to Kingo and Early Baroque music. The soprano Else Torp has mainly worked with music from the Baroque as well as newly-written music, in among other contexts as a member of the ensembles Ars Nova Copenhagen and Theatre of Voices. The five-part string consort boasts some of southern Scandinavia’s most sought-after string-players: the first violin is played by the experienced violinist and concert master in Concerto Copenhagen, the Swede Fredrik From. The second violin is in the hands of one of Denmark’s most promising young Baroque violinists, Croatian-born Jesenka Balic Zunic. Two experienced musicians play the two viola parts, Serbian-born Rastko Roknic and Polish-born Gabriel Bania. Both live in southern Sweden, and have for some years been associated with among other ensembles Concerto Copenhagen, as has the English-born cellist Thomas Pitt. He too has been living for many years outside his native England, for example in Holland, Denmark and Finland. The Swede Fredrik Bock plays lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar on this release. He is one of Scandinavia’s busiest lutenists and is a regular member of among other ensembles the Norwegian Barokksolisterne.

The bass singer Jakob Bloch Jespersen is sought-after as a concert singer all over Europe with a repertoire ranging from the 17th to the 21st century. He appears frequently with ensembles such as Concerto Copenhagen, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, and Theatre of Voices.

On a daily basis, harpsichordist and organist Allan Rasmussen is the organist at Frederiksberg Church. In addition he pursues an active career as a soloist and chamber musician in many international contexts, first and foremost with the ensembles Arte dei Suonatori and Les Ambassadeurs.

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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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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01/05/2016   Fanfare

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Songs Book
"The performances are elegant and spirited throughout, and the hymns sung with clear diction. (...) Warmly recommended"
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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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01/12/2015   Toronto Early Music News

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
"The two project singers Else Torp, soprano, and Jakob Bloch Jespersen, bass, are very fine indeed, with Else Torp having a powerful voice of great clarity and purity"
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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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01/08/2015   David's Review Corner

Thomas Kingo's Sacred Song Books
"For lovers of Baroque music this is a ‘must have’ release"
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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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Discography

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

CD 8.226121 (2015)


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