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Nielsen: String Quartets Vol 2 / Oslo String Quartet


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553908   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Danish composer Carl Nielsen gave the classical music world a brilliant musical offering during his lengthy musical career that included everything from grand symphonies to solo instrumental works. However, some of his most praised compositions came in the form of chamber music. Though Nielsen wrote five quartets, only four were published, and two of the published works are featured on this artistically superior recording from the Oslo String Quartet.
One of the most endearing aspects of Nielsen's writing is the freedom he gives the musicians in his compositions. The Oslo Quartet takes full advantage of this freedom, sharpening rough edges in certain spots and pruning the soft, pianissimo sections during the calmer sections. On the
Read more String Quartet in F minor, which was the first Nielsen quartet to be published, the Oslo Quartet demands the listener's attention immediately with a cleverly phrased beginning accented by tension-building sixteenth notes. The quartet relentlessly pushes their artistic liberties to the limit throughout the rest of the F minor Quartet and into the String Quartet in G minor.
The beauty of these two quartets is what has made them so widely loved, and the intensity and fervor that the Oslo Quartet brings to the table makes this particular album a great representation of Nielsen's ingenuity. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in F minor, FS 11/Op. 5 by Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; Denmark 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor, FS 4/Op. 13 by Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Denmark 
Notes: Composition written: Denmark (1887 - 1888). 

Sound Samples

String Quartet in F minor, Op. 5, FS 11x: I. Allegro non troppo ma energico
String Quartet in F minor, Op. 5, FS 11x: II. Un poco adagio
String Quartet in F minor, Op. 5, FS 11x: III. Allegretto scherzando
String Quartet in F minor, Op. 5, FS 11x: IV. Finale: Allegro appassionato - Allegro molto
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 13, FS 4: I. Allegro energico
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 13, FS 4: II. Andante amoroso
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 13, FS 4: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 13, FS 4: IV. Finale: Allegro (inquieto)

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