Ades, Norgard, Abrahamsen - Works for String Quartet | ECM New Series 4812385

Ades, Norgard, Abrahamsen - Works for String Quartet


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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4812385

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 22nd April 2016



The Danish String Quartet, one of the most widely-acclaimed chamber groups of the present moment, makes its ECM debut playing a programme of British and Danish music: Thomas Adès’s Arcadiana (composed 1994), Per Nørgård’s Quartetto Breve (1952), and Hans Abrahamsen’s 10 Preludes (1973). The pieces were all written when the respective composers were each barely into their 20s, and have a freshness and intensity vividly conveyed in the DSQ’s interpretations. “Arcadia has no national boundaries”, writes Paul Griffiths in the liner notes. “We may feel that the precision of nuance, the warm and intelligent closeness of voices and the command of form these Danish musicians bring to Abrahamsen as to Nørgård comes from some common heritage or sympathy, and yet the same fine qualities shine through their performance of the Adès piece.”

The album was recorded in May 2015 at Reitstadel Neumarkt and produced by Manfred Eicher.


In the Danes’ hands the Elgarian ‘O Albion’ sheds its pale shroud and breaks the heart, while drunken pizzicatos and slithering dissolution in ‘Auf dem Wasser zu singen’ have a thrilling abandon, and ‘tango mortale’ comes at you with the force of a nightmare.  Helen Wallace
BBC Music Magazine August 2016

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