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Nielsen: String Quartets Vol 2 / The Young Danish String Quartet

Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 6220522   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young Danish String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As with Volume 1 in this series, these are excellent performances. The works themselves are early, but Nielsen's energy and formal confidence are strikingly refreshing, even if the melodic style isn't as distinctive as it would become later. The first movement of the F minor quartet does feature some remarkable chromatic harmony, though, while the E-flat major quartet of 1898 reveals the composer of the First Symphony well on his way to the Second. It's a splendid work that deserves to be much better known.

The Young Danish Quartet, as the name suggests, brings a youthful enthusiasm to the music that's very compelling. Occasionally, in the outer movements of both works, they bear down a bit too hard on their instruments
Read more resulting in some percussive sound effects, but this isn't a major problem--and better more excitement rather than less. Certainly they sustain the slow movements with impressive intensity, and they find perfect tempos for the E-flat quartet's Allegretto Pastorale third movement (with its Presto trio). Vivid sonics in both SACD and normal stereo add to the impact of the performances. Strongly recommended!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 2 in F minor, FS 11/Op. 5 by Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young Danish String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; Denmark 
Quartet for Strings no 3 in E flat major, FS 23/Op. 14 by Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young Danish String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1898; Denmark 

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