Carl Nielsen: Songs for choir
07 May 2015
This collection of newly recorded songs by Carl Nielsen set a lively mood and represent but a sampling of the composer’s substantial oeuvre. Many of Nielsen’s tunes were intended to be sung communally – at family gatherings, public events or school outings – and not necessarily in the formal confines of a church, where these particular pieces were recorded.
Nevertheless, 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, and the CD’s overall audio production is top notch. The versatility, tone and expressiveness of the singers will intrigue listeners encountering Nielsen’s music for the first time while providing a memorable aural experience for those familiar with the composer’s work.