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Nielsen: String Quartets Vol 1 / Tim Frederiksen, Et Al


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 6220521   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Tim Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young Danish String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Has Nielsen been played better? These young Danes set benchmark standards

What will the Young Danish Quartet change their name to when it no longer suits their ages? If they continue to play with such levels of vigour and originality, with a sense that the music is new and exciting to them, a name-change may not be considered necessary at all. There is wisdom and subtlety here aplenty but the over-riding impression is of a quartet young and stylistically free.

-- Gramophone [7/2007]

I’m not sure what the members of the
Read more Danish Quartet, who recorded the Nielsen quartets more than effectively in 1992 (Kontrapunkt, 10/93), think about a “young” incarnation appearing 15 years later. But I hope they would doff their caps in admiration, because these new recordings are top-notch, and I’m happy to echo and endorse the enthusiasm they have already generated in Denmark.

The benchmark recording has been that of the Kontra Quartet (BIS, 4/92 – nla), sympathetic interpretations of works which do not enshrine the absolute finest of Nielsen, for all that he was an orchestral violinist and an experienced and enthusiastic performer of string quartets. But the new Quartet, all in their early twenties, bring a freshness and energy plus a level of sheer accomplishment that I don’t ever remember hearing in these works. Far from defensiveness or special pleading, they simply assume that they are playing high quality music and that their job is therefore to give it their all. The results are joyous, effervescent.

The First Quartet is the most striking beneficiary, since it can too easily sound texturally over-written and structurally effortful, as in the finale’s contrived “Résumé”. Such reservations are hard to entertain while listening to this thoroughly infectious account. Nielsen asks for energy in the first movement, and that is what the Young Danish Quartet give him, along with large-scale sweep and mellifluous tone throughout. The Fourth Quartet, a tough-minded cousin to the comic opera Maskarade, is interpretatively more challenging, and the Young Danish Quartet may in future find more subtly shaded routes through it; in the meantime their expressive candour and passion are entirely to the good. They are joined in the Quintet by Tim Frederiksen, under whom they studied at the Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen, and without quite transmuting base metal into gold, they display the various facets of what was a breakthrough piece for the young Nielsen to their best advantage.

-- David Fanning, Gramophone [7/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor, FS 4/Op. 13 by Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young Danish String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Denmark 
Date of Recording: (07/27/2006 - 07/31/ 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 26 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (07/27/2006 - 07/31/2006); Danish Radio Concert Hall (08/11/2006 - 08/13/2006); Danish Radio Concert Hall (08/19/2006 - 08/20/2006)
Composition written: Denmark (1887 - 1888). 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in F major, FS 36/Op. 44 by Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young Danish String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Denmark 
Length: 25 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (07/27/2006 - 07/31/2006); Danish Radio Concert Hall (08/11/2006 - 08/13/2006); Danish Radio Concert Hall (08/19/2006 - 08/20/2006) 
3.
Quintet for Strings in G major, FS 5 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Tim Frederiksen (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young Danish String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; Denmark 
Length: 25 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (07/27/2006 - 07/31/2006); Danish Radio Concert Hall (08/11/2006 - 08/13/2006); Danish Radio Concert Hall (08/19/2006 - 08/20/2006) 

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