Staccatofy.com: Award Winning, Editors Pick "The music is splendid, and the singing is invigorating, focused and delivers the challenging music with ease and musicality that will reward the listener upon each listen. That’s the short of it"!
July 12, 2018
Adorjan Horvát, Staccatofy.com
Award Winning, Editors Pick
The Danish National Vocal Ensemble is the elite choir of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR). Comprised of eighteen professional soloist, the ensemble is internationally known for its pure, transparent Nordic sound with a strong personal mode of expression. Since 2014, the principal conductor of the ensemble has been Marcus Creed. The Danish National Vocal Ensemble presents the whole spectrum of choral music – from Medieval and Renaissance music through Romantic classics to brand new works by young composing talents. The beauty of their a cappella performances are now captured in first-rate fidelity on their album, The Secret Mass, CHORAL WORKS BY FRANK MARTIN AND BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ. The album presents: Frank Martin’s Mass for two four-part choirs and Songs of Ariel as well as Bohuslav Martinů’s Four Songs of the Virgin Mary and Romance from the Dandelions. The album totals fifteen tracks. The ensemble sings wonderfully, each section comes through clearly and the soloist are top notch. The text and harmony are adventurous and compelling. The overall flow of the two composers together make for an excellent listen, both approached the setting of the secular choral works with grace and style. The text comes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in the case of Martin, and Czech Republic folk-songs from MARTINŮ. The music is splendid, and the singing is invigorating, focused and delivers the challenging music with ease and musicality that will reward the listener upon each listen. That’s the short of it! Adorjan Horvát, July 13th 2018 https://www.staccatofy.com/classical/danishnationalvocalensemblereview/