With an internationally acclaimed debut CD under their belts in 2008, the Engegård Quartet have brought together possibly two of the main figures in the world of the string quartet and introduced one of Norway’s greatest living composers – Arne Nordheim with his 1956 string quartet. A chamber release to savour.
“The most interesting angle here is the varied instrumental staging and microphone placements...Listening conventionally, it's the Beethoven that makes the strongest impressions, with vivid antiphonal effects...Nordheim's Quartet is a powerful and involving piece and repays more than a single visit.”
“This account [of the Bartok] is a notable one, creating a tangible expectancy in the 'Prima parte' then finding a viable balance between clarity and intensity during the 'Seconda parte'...After this [the Nordheim] is the more low-key, but the Engegård finds real identity with its appealingly undemonstrative idiom”
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