The Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir was founded in 2005 and has since become one of the most renowned classical vocal ensembles in the region of Northern Europe. While it is artistically rooted in the Nordic a cappella tradition, the ensemble’s goal to influence the future agenda of vocal music has sent it on a constant quest for new horizons.
The choir often performs newly composed music by established Nordic composers which is specially written for orcommissioned by the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. In 2014, the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir firstperformed Sven-David Sandström’s Nordic Mass at the Bergen International Festival. Moreover, this pioneering work has been one of the latest addition to the choir’s acclaimed CD releases.
A wonderful reinterpretation of The Passion of St. John (with music by Sven-David Sandström and text curated by Jakob Holtze) was brought to the audience in spring 2016. The work saw itspremiere at the Berlin Konzerthaus and was also performed at the opening of the ThüringerBachwochen, the Church of Holmen in Copenhagen, and The Lund Cathedral inSweden.
Since 2008, the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir has performed Händel’s oratorio ‘The Messiah’ on an annual basis, in 2015, 2016, and 2017 in collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
“So new, so compelling”
– Søren Schauser / Berlingske, Dec. 11. 2017 (On Messiah)
”Both mild and mighty”
– Thomas Michelsen, Politiken, 10. december 2017 (On Messiah)
“Mogens Dahl’s unparalleled “Messiah””
“The choir itself is perhaps the loveliest on an evening such as this. The very few singers that be immediately come to the fore with characteristic and really beautiful voices.”
– Søren Schauser, Berlingske Dec. 5. 2016.
“Oh, Lord, how good!”
“Sven-David Sandström’s new Easter piece is beautiful music, and it is performed by a world class choir.”
“The performance is a major success for the artists involved… And, first and foremost, it is a success for the conductor Mogens Dahl with his 18-strong chamber choir, whose idea it all was.”
– Søren Schausser, Berlingske Tidende. About Sandström/Holtze’s Passion of St. John 2016
“… a sumptuous performance… Many moments that took one’s breath away.”
“Mogens Dahl’s Chamber Choir unfolded itself to superbly demonstrate a new Nordic passion at top international level.”
– Thomas Michelsen, Politiken. About Sandström/Holtze’s Passion of St. John 2016
“A work that has every chance to be the 21-century’s musical take on one of mankind’s most seminal stories.”
– Peter Dürrfeld, Kristelig Dagblad. About Sandström/Holtze’s Passion of St. John 2016
– Tobias Lund, Sydsvenskan. About Sandström/Holtzes Passion of St. John 2016
“It was with charitable sensitivity, but without going over the top, that the 16 singers in Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir touched our hearts.”
– Per Rask Madsen, Information. About Messiah with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 2015.
Scandinavian functionalism meets genuine British baroque. […] This was simple, beautiful and redeeming.
– Thomas Michelsen, Politiken. About Messiah with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 2015.
“Nothing less than a sensation”
– Camilla Lundberg, Sveriges Television. About Nordic Mass
“It’s choral singing at the highest level here.”
– Magasinet Klassisk. Review of Nordic Mass
“Such vocal dexterity is truly astonishing and well worth exploring and relishing.”
– Malcolm Riley, Gramophone. Review of Nordic Mass
“Sacred North is a splendid manifestation of what 20 professional singers can lift to the heavens of Nordic musical art.”
– Peter Johannes Erichsen in Weekendavisen
“With this collection of Nordic sacral choir music, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir elevates all the way up into the singing’s premier league. Here is a Danish choir in a league of its own and with a unique tonal potential. “
– Christine Christiansen in Information
Director and conductor.
Mogens Dahl is a Danish conductor, founder and owner of Mogens Dahl Concert Hall and conductor of Mogens Dahl Chamber.
David Wijkman, chamber choir producer.
Jacob Holtze, artistic consultant.
Henrik Engelbrech, artistic consultant.
Sven-David Sandström, Composer in residence
Glade jul, dejlige jul. Nordiske julesalmer og sange
Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (kor)
Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras (kor)
Herr, lehre doch mich (baryton, kor)
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (kor)
Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (sopran)
Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt (kor, baryton)
Selig sind die Toten (kor)
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir examined the relationship between music and poetry on the NJORD Biennale 2018. The concert was a tribute to art and art’s ability to realise reflections in spoken word as well as in wordless music.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Ad Genua
Anna Cederberg-Orreteg: Music to Hear, Sonet 8
Benjamin Staern: Tranströmersange
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Reflections
Lasse Thoresen: SolSirkler
Per Nørgård: Drømmesange
Anders Nordentoft: Tre vignetter
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, Mathias Kjøller, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Mogens Dahl, conductor.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir All Saints Concert 2017
Ola Gjeilo (1978-): Tota pulchra es (2011)
Bent Sørensen (1958-): Crucifixus (2015)
Sven-David Sandström (1942-): Tre sange til tekster af Rainer Maria Rilke WORLD PREMIERE
Bernhard Lewkovitch (1927-): Requiem – for choir and organ (2011)
Johannes Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühlseligen op 74, no. 1 (1877/1878)
Henry Gorecki (1933-2010): Totus Tuus (1987)
Sven-David Sandström (1942-) / Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Hear my prayer, o lord (1986)
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir – dir. Mogens Dahl. Organ: Søren Johannsen.
In collaboration with Golden Days, author Bjørn Bredal and Johan Borups Højskole, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir presented in the autumn of 2017 a concert in which the music, the songs and the living word told a love story about Copenhagen.
Monteverdi: Ecco Mormorar l’onde
Monterverdi: Dolcemente dormiva
Ib Nørholm: Mine danske kilder
Lars Johan Werle: Sonetto 292
Lars Johan Werle: Sonetto Trentacinque
Carl Nielsen: Chaconne, op. 32
Bent Sørensen: I kurvestolen, i vintersolen + En gang om dagen
Bent Sørensen: 4 Strunge sange
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir interprets the drama of easter. May 2017
J. S. Bach: ‘Jesu, meine Freude’
Bent Sørensen: Miserere
J. S. Bach: Fra suite for cello i D-dur, BWV 1012
Geoffrey Gordon: Crucifixus
Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe, for choir and organ
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. Organ: Jakob Lorentzen. Cello: Toke Møldrup. Conductor: Mogens Dahl
Life is like a whistle in the wind – a spirit that plays its melodies through human existence. This is why we celebrate All Saint’s Even with song. We remember our dead, reconcile ourselves with the incomprehensible and celebrate the eternal stillness of the night.
César Geoffray: Triptyque Mariale
Camille Saint Saëns: Deux Choeurs, Op. 68
Per Gunnar Petersson: An Anonymous Nun’s Prayer
Louis Vierne: Fra 24 Pièces de Fantasie
Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir
Sven-David Sandström: O Sacrum Convivium
THE COSMIC TRIP
Nørgårds music in the seventies – concert from Golden Days Festival 2016
Athelas Sinfonietta and Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir presented a series of psychedelic works by Per Nørgård under Golden Days Festival theme on the seventies.
Wiigenlied (1. sats af Wie ein Kind)
Flos ut rosa floruit/ Blomst brød ud i rosenflor
Jorden er som et barn (“2. sats” af Wie ein Kind)
Mit Løv, mit lille træ
Trauermarsch min einem Unglücksfall (3. Sats af Wie ein Kind)
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Watch the entire concert – or selected movements from Holmens Kirke 2015:
And the glory of the Lord (kor)
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Air. Alt)
For unto us a child is born (kor)
There were shepherds abiding in the fields (Recitativ. Sopran)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Air. Sopran)
Surely He has borne our griefs (kor)
All we like sheep (kor)
Why do the nations so furiously rage together (Air. Bas)
The trumpet shall sound (Air. Bas)
In cooperation with author and commentator, Knud Romer, the Golden Days Festival, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and the Ekkozone Percussion Ensemble presented a concert with highlights from 500 years of German music and poetry.
At this year’s traditional halloween concert, the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir will celebrate the light of hope that is visible in darkness only.
With music by Weyse, Grieg and Sven-David Sandström, the program progresses from the light of morning to the fire of evening and concludes with the stunning Requiem by Gabriel Fauré which describes the eternal light and the singing of angles.
Program with links to the works:
NORDIC MESSE is a new grand-scaled work by the Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström written especially for Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and the Danish cellist Toke Møldrup.
It was first performed at the Bergen International Festival and first performed in Denmark d. June 16 in the Garnison Church. Nordic Mass is now available on CD from the publisher ExLibris. Read more here.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir created in 2014 a quiet room for contemplation and inner silence in a concert program we called Enticement of the silence.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. Horn player: David M.A.P. Palmquist. Conductor: Mogens Dahl.
Programme with links to the works:
Ivor Gurney: Chant to Psalm 23
Kim André Arnesen: Even when he is silent
Maurice Duruflé: Quatre Motets
Donald Cashmore: My love is like a red, red rose, The Lark in the clear air
David M.A.P. Palmquist: Nocturne for horn
Francis Poulenc: Un soir de neige
Kim André Arnesen: O Sacrum Convivium (First Performance)
Per Gunnar Petersson: Aftonland
Eric Whitacre: Water Night
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir performs Per Nørgårds Wie ein Kind at the Danish Music Publishers’ Association’sanniversary celebration in 2011.
From the cd NORTH ROOM.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. Klaus Tönshoff, clarinet. Exlibris 2010.
Kom, du ljuva hjärtevän (come, my dearest sweetheart)
Music: Adam de la Halle
Words: From Carmina Burana
The best recording I have ever heard of my works.
“I have had recordings of my music performed by some of the best choirs in the world, and I must honestly say that their recording of Tota Pulchra Es is the best recording I have ever heard of my works. There is an incredible diversity of expression and passion in the performance that is very seldom heard.”
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir live: first performance of Requiem by Bernhard Lewkovitch (b. 1927). Performed in Vejleå Church, Copenhagen. November 4th. 2012
Organ: Carsten Popp
Conductor: Mogens Dahl
From the cd NORTH ROOM.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir. Klaus Tönshoff, clarinet. Exlibris 2010.
Tyst är det rum (Still is the chamber)
Music: Gabriella Gullin
Words: Pär Lagerkvist
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir live: first performance of Ad nonam by Bernhard Lewkovitch (b. 1927). Performed in Vejleå Church, Copenhagen. November 4th. 2012
In Monte Oliveti
Tenebrae (Ad nonam)
Lyrics from Tenebrae-responsoriums
Mogens Dahl Kammerkor / Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Studier i Rødt
Golden Days Festival 10. september 2013
Pressen – Politikens Hus
Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969): Drei Gedichte von Theodor Däubler
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