The Young Danish String Quartet – Carl Nielsen: String Quartets Vol.2 (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 63:59 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Dacapo Records DK | Digital Booklet
Here is the second volume of The Young Danish String Quartet’s highly acclaimed miniseries of Carl Nielsen’s string quartets. The first volume in The Young Danish String Quartet’s mini-series of Carl Nielsen’s quartets was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone last summer, and a number of prestigious magazines and newspapers from all over the world agreed: This interpretation of Nielsen’s string quartets sheds brilliant new light on Denmark’s national composer.
This admirable coupling by the Young Danish String Quartet of Carl Nielsen’s string quartets in F minor and E flat major bolsters the notion that Danish performers are still best suited to represent Nielsen’s uniquely Danish compositional voice. Both works here are youthful compositions written in a style fusing those of Grieg and Brahms. The Young Danish String Quartet rips into the big theme of the F minor quartet’s opening Allegro non troppo ma energico with rhythmic power yet still express the following Un poco adagio’s warm heart with yearning lines and lushly balanced sonorities. With lucidly articulated lines and effervescently buoyant rhythms, the young Danish players’ interpretation of the E flat quartet’s unique combination of a pastoral tone with learned counterpoint is wonderfully poised between the natural and the intellectual. If your shelf can hold only one disc of Nielsen’s F minor and E flat major quartets, this disc will securely fill the spot. Dacapo’s super audio digital sound is all enveloping with the four players of the quartet sitting comfortably around the listener in an otherwise empty hall.
01 – String Quartet in F minor, Op.5 – I Allegro non troppo ma energico
02 – String Quartet in F minor, Op.5 – II Un poco adagio
03 – String Quartet in F minor, Op.5 – III Allegretto scherzando
04 – String Quartet in F minor, Op.5 – IV Allegro appassionato
05 – String Quartet in E flat major, Op.14 – I Allegro con brio
06 – String Quartet in E flat major, Op.14 – II Andante sostenuto
07 – String Quartet in E flat major, Op.14 – III Allegretto pastorale – Presto – Allegretto pastorale
08 – String Quartet in E flat major, Op.14 – IV Allegro coraggioso
Recorded in the Danish Radio Concert Hall on 11-13 June and 17-19 August 2007.
Recording producers: Tim Frederiksen and Karl Bjerre Skibsted.
Sound engineer: Karl Bjerre Skibsted. Mastering: Lars C. Bruun.
Frederik Øland, violin (1st in op. 5)
Rune Sørensen, violin (1st in op. 14)
Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola
Carl-Oscar Østerlind, cello