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First Drop


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Conducted by Paul Hillier since 2003, Denamark’s Ars Nova Copenhagen has built an immovable reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and inventive vocal ensembles. First Drop is testament to that spirit; it’s a wide-ranging and ambitious project that interprets the choral work of some of the giants of contemporary classical music, including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang and more. “Almost all the works on this [release] are first recordings,” Hilliar explains, referring to one source of inspiration behind the title. “Ideally we wanted the idea of First Drop to remain ambiguous, but the diligent listener will sooner or later notice that it originates with Ralph Waldo Emerson.” Recorded over a stretch of nearly ten years, in different locations and with different configurations of singers, the performances documented here still come across as parts of a seamless whole. From the haunting strains of Michael Gordon’s “He Saw A Skull” (composed specifically for the twelve voices of Ars Nova) to Hillier’s vocal arrangement of Steve Reich’s classic “Clapping Music,” First Drop channels a vernal energy that’s unparalleled in new vocal music.
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Item number CA21127
Barcode 713746312725
Release date 5/19/2017
Category Classical Music
Label CANTALOUPE
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Ars Nova Copenhagen
Conductor Hillier, Paul
Disc: 1
Rise Up, My Love00:10:38
1 Rise Up, My Love 00:10:07 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
He Saw a Skull00:10:00
2 He Saw a Skull 00:08:01 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
When We Were Children00:08:00
3 When We Were Children 00:07:46 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
Walking Song (Version for Organ)00:06:00
4 Walking Song (Version for Organ) 00:06:16 Bowers-Broadbent, Christopher
5 Motets00:12:00
5 5 Motets: No. 1, In Monte Oliveti 00:02:38 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
6 5 Motets: No. 2, O Vos Omnes 00:01:21 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
7 5 Motets: No. 3, Laboravi in Gemitu Meo 00:02:19 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
8 5 Motets: No. 4, Haec Dies 00:01:38 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
9 5 Motets: No. 5, Epithalamica 00:02:13 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
Un beau baiser00:04:00
10 Un beau baiser 00:04:08 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
L'homme armé00:08:00
11 L'homme armé 00:07:46 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
More Sweet Than My Refrain00:03:00
12 More Sweet Than My Refrain 00:03:25 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
Know What Is Above You00:03:00
13 Know What Is Above You 00:03:07 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hildebrandt, David Hillier, Paul Friis-Hansen, Mathias
Clapping Music (Arr. P. Hillier for Choir)00:03:00
14 Clapping Music (Arr. P. Hillier for Choir) 00:03:24 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
Mexico City Blues00:07:00
15 Mexico City Blues 00:07:19 Ars Nova Copenhagen Hillier, Paul
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