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Theatre of Voices was founded by Paul Hillier in1990 and is widely recognized as one of Europe's foremost vocal groups.Current projects include music ranging from Perotin to Dowland, andmany of today's most eminent composers such as Berio, Pärt, Reich,Cage, and Stockhausen. During 2007 members of the group performed John Adams's Grand Pianola Music in Los Angeles, conducted by the composer; they also premiered a new John Cage event - John Cage and the Music of Always - at the Stimmen Festival in Germany; and in Australia performed the premiere of Pärt's Passiowith special film by Paolo Cherchi-Usai (European premiere inCopenhagen in September with Ars Nova). In August the group gave twoconcerts at the Edinburgh Festival, and in October they premiered a newwork by David Lang, The Little Match Girl Passion, at NewYork's Carnegie Hal - the program also included Berio's A-Ronne.In November they appeared with Steve Reich and Musicians in Normandy'sFestival d'Automne, performing Reich, Pärt, Perotin and the Europeanpremiere of Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. The work has been recorded for Harmonia Mundi and was released last May.

2008 included the opening of Berliner Festspiele with Stockhausen's Stimmung- at the composer's own request - and at the BBC Proms and the SacrumProfanum Festival in Poland. 2009 includes tours in Australia, France,UK, Sweden and Mexico.

In May 2009 the ensemble presented a newproduction by Chinese composer Liu Sola at the Barbican Centre andTakkelloftet at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen - The Afterlife of Li Jiantong.

The group's most recent CDs include Cries of London (English renaissance music), Stockhausen's Stimmung (the Copenhagen version) and David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion.

 

Live Dates

10 February 2010
Denmark - Copenhagen
Holmens Kirke , Copenhagen
Buxtehude: Danish and Swedish Cantatas

Most of Diderik Buxtehude's known vocal works are settings of German or Latin texts, but for this programme we have found a couple of rare examples of his use of his native language. He was born ca. 1637 in Helsingborg (now Sweden) and as a child he moved with his parents just across the water to Helsingør (Denmark) where his father was organist in Sct Olai Church.

As a young man, Buxtehude became organist in Maria Church in Helsingborg, and later, he moved back to Helsingør to become organist in Sct Mariae Church here.

In 1668 he took up the position in Maria Church in Lübeck where he lived and worked until his death in 1707. Especially his ‘Abendmusik' - evening concert series - was very famous, and made Bach walk half way across Germany the hear the master.



24/06/2016   Kronos Quartet and Theatre of Voices honour Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
The Kronos Quartet have changed their European tour plans to give a special memorial and CD release concert at the Copenhagen Opera on 9 July, together with Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier.
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22/02/2013   Theatre of Voices nominated for Nordisk Council Music Prize
Vokalgruppen Theatre of Voices er nomineret til Nordisk Råds Musikpris 2013.
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27/10/2010   New video: Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices recording session
View video trailer from the recording sessions in Copenhagen in May 2010
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01/08/2016   Nordische Musik

Buxtehude and his Circle
”Klanglich bietet die SACD (mit dem entsprechenden Wiedergabesystem) eine makellose Mischung und ein eindringliches Erlebnis.
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01/08/2016   Fono Forum

Buxtehude and his Circle
4/5 Stars

”Klanglich sorgt Hillier für eine wunderbare Balance, die jeder Stimme zu ihrem eigenen Recht verhilft, sie aber stehts sehr gut in den Gesamtkontext einbindet.”
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29/07/2016   Fanfare

Buxtehude and his Circle
[..] "there are few artists as well equipped to perform this repertoire than Paul Hillier and his Theatre of Voices ensemble, here consisting of seven vocalists and eight instrumentalists. [..] The singing and playing are superb in every way: technically secure and polished, bold, confident, colorful, expressive." [..]
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20/07/2016   Toronto Early Music News

Buxtehude and his Circle
[..] "Grammy Award winner Theatre of Voices, (The Little Match Girl Passion 2010) founded in California by Paul Hillier, is now based in Denmark. Hillier himself a Grammy winner, is one of the leading members of the early music movement and this project reflects his world-class standards of excellence." [..]
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11/07/2016   Huffington Post

Buxtehude and his Circle
”When the beauty of their music matches a text that may speak particularly to you, the emotional effect can be quite overwhelming.”
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04/07/2016   Politiken

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN Green Ground
6/6 Hjerter

[..] "Kronos Quartet og vokalkvartetten Theatre of Voices hørte til Gudmundsen-Holmgreens yndlingsgrupper, og deres nye fælles cd lyder sådan også som noget af det bedste, der ?ndes med mandens musik." [..]
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01/07/2016   Choir & Organ

Buxtehude and his Circle
5/5 Stars

Despite recordings, Buxtehude's cantatas are rarely heard. Rarer still are those composers with whom Buxtehude associated: Christian Geist, Nicolaus Bruhns, Franz Tunder and Kasper Förster, whose works for voices and instruments, together with Buxtehude's, are the subjects of this recording. And what marvels they are! A particular discovery for me is Bruhn's De profundis, but all the pieces demonstrate the highest level of craftmanship and are given excellent performances that capture the lively rhetorical spirit of the music admirably. This CD is highly recommended, especially to those fascinated by late 17th-century north German adn Danish music.
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01/07/2016   Die Tonkunst

Buxtehude and his Circle
”Theatre of Voices zeigt mit seiner Auswahl beeindruckend feinfühlig, welche musikalischen Schätze im Ostseeraum des 17. Jahrhundert entstanden.”
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01/07/2016   Gramophone

BUXTEHUDE AND HIS CIRCLE
[..]"Buxtehude's own chorale-based trio setting of Jesu, meine Freude is sung and played beautifully."[..], [..]"and Hillier's lovely performance is on a par with the very finest that the Buxtehude discography has to offer"[...]
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24/06/2016   American Record Guide

BRUHNS & SCHEIDEMANN Orgelværker
[..] "Bine Bryndorf’s [..] playing here is eminently musical, not an academic exercise in period technique at the expense of artistic sense - as we too often hear in recordings of early organ music. She clearly understands the musical rhetoric of the Stylus Phantasticus as evidenced by her flexibility in tempo." [..]
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31/05/2016   jcklassisk

Buxtehude and his Circle
[..] "De fortrinlige sangere Else Torp og Jakob Bloch Jespersen er igen med i et ensemble, der viser den høje stade af danske baroksangere." [..]
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25/05/2016   Ouverture - Das Klassik-Blog

Buxtehude and his Circle
[..]"Die meisten der Kompositionen, die diese CD vorstellt, sind ausgesprochene Raritäten, was den Hörer freut"[..]
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24/05/2016   Ouverture

Buxtehude and his Circle
”Die meisten der Kompositionen, die diese CD vorstellt, sind ausgesprochene Raritäten, was den Hörer freut”
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16/05/2016   Review Corner

Buxtehude and his Circle
"As a CD it’s excellent, the music being calming and spiritual."
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14/04/2016   Der Neue Merker

Buxtehude and his Circle
"Paul Hillier hat mit seinem formidablen Sängern und einem achtköpfigen Instrumentalensemble wieder einmal einen Hit gelandet."
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21/03/2016   Lokalavisen Nordsjælland

Buxtehude and his Circle
"En ny cd med Theatre of Voices og dirigent Paul Hillier giver en sjælden indsigt i kredsen omkring den store barokmester Dietrich Buxtehude. Cd'en er et vidnesbyrd om et stærkt musikalsk fællesskab i både tid og sted med venskaber, lærer-elev forhold og familiebånd; og med et netværk af fremragende nordtyske komponister."
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18/03/2016   Fyns Amts Avis

Buxtehude and his Circle
5/6 Stars

"Fremdrift og transparens karakteriserer disse fortolkninger, som atter engang vidner om ensemblets ambitionsniveau og begavede indsigt i netop denne del af musiklitteraturen."
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14/12/2014   Berlingske - ÅRETS BEDSTE 2014

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Mixed Company
"Elskere af ubesværet musik kan uden videre lukke øjnene og lade sig suge ind i hans stemninger af lykkelige solnedgange og fjerne pigestemmer."
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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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01/03/2011   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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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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Photo: Lars Bjarnøe

Discography

Green Ground
Green Ground
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

CD 8.226153 (2016)

Buxtehude and his Circle
Buxtehude and his Circle

SACD 6.220634 (2016)

Mixed Company
Mixed Company
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

CD 8.226114 (2014)

A large-scale work cycle for chamber orchestra and singing voices, based on John Dowland’s Renaissance melody Flow my tears

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


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