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CA21127 Ars Nova First Drop Digital Booklet
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   first drop ARS NOVA COPENHAGEN, PAUL HILLIER  ARS NOVA COPENHAGEN Conducted by PAUL HILLIER  first drop The music on this recording reects several years of my association with Ars Nova Copenhagen. Contrary to our usual way of working, however, the recordings have been made at different times, in more than one place, and with slightly different congurations of singers. The composers are from numerous different backgrounds, although some of them certainly have elements in common. But basically this is a disc of vocal music by composers most of whom I’m fortunate to have known personally, and almost all the works on this CD are rst recordings. —Paul Hillier  Recording producer and sound engineer: Preben Iwan. Recorded 2006-2015 in Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen Ars Nova Copenhagen  is a group of 12 singers. The members, and former members, who participated in these recordings are listed in alphabetical order by voice group.sopranos: Kate Macoboy , Hilde Dolva , Hanna Kappelin , Ann-Christin Wesser Ingels , Louise Skovbæch , Else Torp altos: Signe Asmussen , Ellen Marie Christensen , Rikke Lender , Linnéa Lomholt , Kristin Mulder s, Elenor Wiman tenors: Paul Bentley-Angel , Christian Damsgaard , Kasper Eliassen , Ivan Hansen , Tomas Medici , Jakob Skjoldborg , Luís Toscano basses: Thomas Kiørbye , Asger Lynge Petersen , Henrik Lund Petersen , Jakob Soelberg organ: Christopher Bowers-Broadbent  (on Walking Song )percussion: Mathias Friis-Hansen , David Hildebrandt  (on Know What Is Above You )Executive producers: Michael Gordon , David Lang , Kenny Savelson  and Julia Wolfe  Label manager: Bill Murphy  | Cantaloupe sales manager: Adam Cuthbert Art direction: Denise Burt  / elevator-design.dk. Image of moon by Kaarina Dillabough (CC BY-SA 2.0)  1. HOWARD SKEMPTON   Rise up my love  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:07 2. MICHAEL GORDON   He saw a skull   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:01 3. DAVID LANG   when we were children   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:46 4. KEVIN VOLANS   Walking Song  (organ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:16 5. PABLO ORTIZ   Five Motets  i) In Monte Oliveti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:38  ii) O vos omnes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:21  iii) Laboravi in gemitu meo  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:19   iv) Haec dies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:38   v) Epithalamica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:13 6. LOUIS ANDRIESSEN   Un beau baiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:08 7. GABRIEL JACKSON   L’homme armé  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:46 8. HOWARD SKEMPTON   More sweet than my refrain  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:25 9. STEVE REICH   Know what is above you  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:07 10. STEVE REICH   Clapping Music    (vocal arr. by Paul Hillier)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:24 11. TERRY RILEY Mexico City Blues chorus 193  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:19 ARS NOVA COPENHAGEN Conducted by PAUL HILLIER  first drop  HOWARD SKEMPTON   Rise up my love Howard Skempton is one of a group of British composers who in the 1980s were identied as “experimental,” in the sense that they wrote tonal music that was often intimate in scale, avoided the rhetoric of modernism, and were inspired by Satie, Cage, and Reich while not necessarily imitating them to the extent of being labeled as minimalists. I commissioned this lovely choral work for the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir when I was their artistic director. I still fondly remember receiving the score in the post at my summer house, and being very moved by the tender sensuality of the music. The words are from the Song of Solomon . i) Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The owers appear upon the earth. The time of singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The g-tree putteth forth her green gs, And the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the stairs, Let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; For sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. Rise up my love, my fair one.ii) How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! How much better is thy love than wine! And the smell of thine ointments than all spices!iii) My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.iv) How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights! I am my beloved’s and his desire is toward me. MICHAEL GORDON   He Saw a Skull  This was specially composed for the twelve voices of Ars Nova. MG writes: “The singers are divided into three groups of four voices, with each group singing major and minor harmonies that are approached by glissando. The text is taken from a short saying by Rabbi Hillel found in the Talmudic tractate Pirke Avot.” He saw a skull oating on the water. He said to the skull, “Because you drowned others, they drowned you. And they who drowned  you will themselves be drowned.” DAVID LANG   when we were children DL writes: “The director Francesca Zambello asked me to write something for choir, as a companion piece for a staging of my work the little match girl passion . I wanted to make something that shared the spiritual questioning of the passion, and was also somehow appropriate for children. I remembered this famous line from Saint Paul: ‘When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.’ That is the King James version. Of course, this line wasn’t srcinally in English. Paul was born a Jew in what is now Turkey, he worshipped in Hebrew and he spoke Greek. This famous Christian line must have gone on an interesting journey to get to King James, and to us. I compiled all the differing translations into English that I could nd, I cut them up into phrases and I alphabetized them, creating a kind of catalog of its meaning, as it changes from translation to translation.”
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