June 29, 2017
Season Preview: Danish String Quartet

In international demand for their technical prowess and interpretive talents matched by an infectious joy for music-making and “rampaging energy” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance.  Since making their debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the musical friends have demonstrated a passion for Scandinavian composers, who they frequently incorporate into adventurous contemporary programs, while also giving consummate and profound interpretations of the classical masters. The New York Times selected the quartet’s concerts as highlights of 2012 and 2015, and in 2016 as one of the recording highlights of the year for their ECM debut of works by Hans Abrahamsen, Per Nørgård and Thomas Adés.  The recording debuted at #16 on the Billboard Classical Chart and has earned critical acclaim: “the Danish are remarkable, as ever – capable of intense blend, extreme dynamic variation (in which they seem glued together), perfect intonation even on harmonics, and constant vitality and flow” (Gramophone).

Following the remarkable success of their Wood Works album in 2014 and their deeply rooted affinity for arranging and performing traditional music from the Scandinavian nations, the Quartet will release a new recording of folk songs from the Nordic countries in September 2017 on ECM Records.  Season highlights from their sprawling, 24-city North American concert schedule include their San Francisco Performances debut, a performance and master class at the acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival, and a concert in the renowned Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington.  The Quartet returns to Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with a program entitled “The Thrill of the Hunt,” performing works of Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, and Jörg Widmann’s comical Jagdquartett for Strings.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall
Danish String Quartet
     Frederik Øland
, violin
     Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin
     Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola
     Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello

HAYDN Quartet in B-flat, Hob. III:1, Op.1, No. 1
MOZART Quartet in B-flat, K. 458 “Hunt”
WIDMANN Jagdquartett for Strings
BRAHMS Quartet in B-flat Major for Strings, Op. 67

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