16 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Danish String Quartet never forget that folk music emerges from deep within the human soul as they give it a superficially classical format. Winding their way through the rich Nordic folk culture, the players create something very special and revealing about our need for song, as well as our need for communal music making. In performances full of boundless energy and vitality, they also touch on man’s constant proximity to death, something folk song never shies away from.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Danish String Quartet never forget that folk music emerges from deep within the human soul as they give it a superficially classical format. Winding their way through the rich Nordic folk culture, the players create something very special and revealing about our need for song, as well as our need for communal music making. In performances full of boundless energy and vitality, they also touch on man’s constant proximity to death, something folk song never shies away from.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

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8 Ratings

Making dusty folk tunes modern

BgryphonRun,

The Danish String Quartet has tapped into the past to find music that feels modern and complex, even when it is based on old dance standards and church hymns.

Relaying NPR Review

Acapellastella,

I'm thrilled just to buy this album. I don't remember ever buying an album based upon a radio review, but I raced to itunes after hearing this described today. I have now given it to someone I've wanted to buy for for 20 years, and bought it for myself. Check it out.

Absolutely stunning! A must have for anyone!

idesigncars,

Heard about this on an NPR review and went to check it out. This is by far one of the best albums you could by out there— no matter what your musical preferences. The music is beautiful, fun, exciting and oh so melodic. ‘Shine you no more’ is like an acoustic version of Daft Punks ‘Get Lucky’ but still its own song. While the music is based on old songs, it feels and sounds very modern. This is an exhilarating experience to listen to— I highly recommend the album. This is the first review I’ve written about an album, but the Quartet deserves it. Support them because amazing music and artists like this seems to be getting harder to find.

About Danish String Quartet

The members of the Danish String Quartet — Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (b. 1983), violin; Frederik Øland (b. 1984), violin; Asbjørn Nørgaard (b. 1984), viola; and Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (b. 1982, who actually is Norwegian), cello — met, with the exception of Sjölin, who joined the group in 2008, at a music summer camp when they were children. They were also soccer teammates. The musical connection stuck, and as teens they formed a string quartet and began serious studies at the Copenhagen Academy of Music. The quartet's primary teacher there was Tim Frederiksen, and the group has also participated in master classes with the Tokyo and Emerson String Quartets, among other players. The quartet made its debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Summer Festival.

After accumulating major awards including first prizes at the Danish Radio P2 Chamber Music Competition (2004) and the Vagn Holmboe String Quartet Competition (2005), the quartet was signed to the Dacapo label, releasing Carl Nielsen's complete string quartets in two volumes. It has also recorded for CAvi-music, issuing two recordings of Brahms, and for CPO (the complete string quartets of Paul Hindemith). In 2013 the Danish String Quartet snared the prestigious designation of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, broadening its concert schedule across Europe and North America. In 2016 it moved to ECM for a recording of quartets by Adès, Nørgård & Abrahamsen. Its 2017 ECM album, Last Leaf, featured string quartet adaptations of folk music from the Scandinavian world. That summer, it appeared at the Chamber Music of Lincoln Center's upstate New York summer program series at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. By that time, the young musicians were already veterans. "If all goes well, around 2060 we will beat the world record for longest-running string quartet," they write. "On that day we will host a giant feast — you shall all be invited!"

  • FORMED
    2001

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