A selection of reviews concerning concerts with university-ensembles
Inauguration Concert Freiburg A-cappella (1/2006)
"The man has courage [...] without further ado he decided to try the most difficult of the difficult: Within a week he rehearsed a difficult cappella programme - and this with a college choir, whose members do not sing together and grow to a unity over the years, on the contrary, here they change all the time. Actually, the man is foolhardy. And he wins, too.
[...] A completely effortless intonation even in the top soprano. Whether the men's and women's choirs contrast or merge, whether the conductor in the parlando of Heinrich Schütz motet "Die mit Tränen säen" discovers almost dancing structures or in the same composer's " Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes ", lets the groups antiphonally correspond with each other – very soon the main features of his approach to choral work is obvious: clarity, tone, the art of phrasing.
Even the most complex vocal patterns, for example in Bach's " Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied " or in Brahms' "Fest- und Gedenksprüche" – here without any faked pathetic emotionality - are offered in absolute transparency. The Missa brevis of the 1915-born Norwegian Knut Nystedt may - in its evocative "Kyrie"-crescendos and even in its delicate harmonic frictions - stand as examples of the sound perception of the new choir master. A well-rounded sound is this, for he also tunes and determines the vertical appearance of the music, the columns of chords. And we do not have to await Bach's motet summit towards the end to realize the value Schuldt-Jensen finds in the fine dynamic and agogic work - rising and falling phrasing artifacts, almost line by line, a collective search for nuances. In Francis Poulenc's "Exultate Deo" it comes almost rhetorically, so does his Bach, witnessing Schuldt-Jensen extremely flowing exegeses. Choral swing – now with basso continuo - is not far away. Even the coloratura chains give the impression of being slurred together, never cut off.Having already been a playful toastmaster the whole evening, in the gospel-related of the Danish jazz violinist and composer Svend Asmussen the professor shows which grand showman qualities he barely manages to disguise.Full house, huge applause.The choir city of Freiburg has a new ace."
Badische Zeitung, Heinz W. Koch
Haydn: The Creation January 2008
"...And it was very good [...] the first overwhelming minutes of an oratorio performance, which delivered what its start promised. Morten Schuldt-Jensen proves at the end of the concert in front of a roaring audience: He is not only a first-rate choral master - he also commands with sovereignty and assertion over the - with enormous grace acting - orchestral apparatus. The choir, Schuldt-Jensen’s immediate sphere: balanced in the groups and thus despite its number of voices never too loud, impeccable intonation, slender, flexible, very clear and effortless - a madrigalesque sound without any overweight. The Archangel Raphael means the first six days of this world - we redirect it to this interpretation: '... and it was very good.'"
Uni Freiburg Newspaper, Manuel Kreitmeier
Duke Ellington – Sacred Concert 4/2008
That rocked the house - Ellington: Sacred Concert "Morten Schuldt-Jensen and his college choir excelled on 21st April in the Concert Hall of the Musikhochschule in Freiburg with a choir concert unsurpassed in quality. [...] Schuldt-Jensen obviously couldn’t get tired to have the hall shake to its foundations: from gospel to Elvis Presley songs, from hot big band swing to cheesy standards, all was played in this noble hall, where this kind of music is normally forbidden.
[...] The whole atmosphere could really only be compared to Harlem in the forties. And yet this relaxed exuberance was celebrated on such a high level, was played and sung with such professional concentration that one can really only take one’s hat of to the energetic force of the choir, which under its new choir director obviously is capable of delivering an unexpected quality. [...] After some really great classical concerts Schuldt-Jensen once again demonstrated his broad engagement and importance for the university with this unusual "Sacred Concert".
However, his status as a public attraction had obviously already been constituted prior to this evening, because the concert was already completely sold out even before the doors were opened. In the end there were standing ovations and much applause, we hope for a resounding echo."