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Per Nørgård

Singe die Gärten

Ars Nova Copenhagen
Danish Chamber Players
Tamás Vetö, conductor

Per Nørgård, composer

Per Nørgård is one of the most significant Danish composers after Carl Nielsen and Vagn Holmboe. With his original works, his teaching and his theoretical innovations, Nørgård has been the most striking musical Nordic personality for more than thirty years. He has written works of all sizes, from operas to simple choral songs. Since the ensemble Vocal Group Ars Nova was founded in 1979 it has co-operated closely with Nørgård on first performances and recordings of many of his choral works, and the present CD features new fruits of this collaboration between the composer and the ensemble.

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Singe die Gärten, mein Herz (1975)

11:48 Play $2.80
For Chorus and 8 Instruments

Maya Dances (1979)

3:32 Play $1.40

Winter Hymn (1976/84)

9:10 Play $2.10
Three Agnus Dei Motets (1983)
For mixed choir a cappella

No. 1, Agnus Dei

2:46 Play $1.40

No. 2, Qui tollis peccata mundi

2:25 Play $1.40

No. 3, Dona nobis pacem

2:01 Play $1.40

Dream Songs (1981)

13:40 Play $2.80
For Chorus and Percussion
Four Latin Motets (1991)

No. 1, Ne obsurdescas mihi

1:14 Play $1.40

No. 2, Ad te Domine clamabo

2:54 Play $1.40

No. 3, Quam dilecta tabernacula tua

1:34 Play $1.40

No. 4, Exultavit In Deum

2:14 Play $1.40

I Hear the Rain (1992)

5:35 Play $2.10
For Chorus and Percussion
Zwei Wölfli-Lieder (1979-80)

No. 1, Abendlied

4:09 Play $1.40

No. 2, Halleluja, der Herr ist verrückt!

6:04 Play $2.10
For Chorus and Percussion
Total playing time  69 minutes

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Recorded at Mantzius Gården (Birkerød, Denmark) in September and October 1998

Recording producer: Michael Petersen
Sound engineer: Preben Iwan
Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen A/S

Cover picture: Helle Rahbæk: "Whisper IV" (1993)

dacapo acknowledge, with gratitude, the finacial support by Augustinus Fonden, KODA's Collective Blank Tape Remuneration and Danish Musicians' Union

Label: Dacapo

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: 8.224115

Barcode: 730099981521

Release month: April 1999

Period: Late 20th Century


"The excellent Ars Nova Ensemble has been recorded in a sympathetic acoustic. A disc that all enterprising choirs and listeners schould investigate" (Gramophone)

"These works present many facets of Per Nørgård, but throughout runs a fascination with beauty of sound ... The performances are totally committed with clear diction in four languages, and exemplary intonation" ***** (BBC Music Magazine)

"Opførelserne er forførende smukke" (Politiken)

"The music, particularly when performed as well as it is here, is quite ravishly beautiful. This is compellingly good" ***** (Choir and Organ)

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