Thomas Adès, Per Nørgård & Hans Abrahamsen

ECM: 4812385

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Thomas Adès, Per Nørgård & Hans Abrahamsen

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Chamber

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - August 2016

Label:

ECM

Catalogue No:

4812385

Series:

New Series

Discs:

1

Release date:

22nd April 2016

Barcode:

0028948123858

Length:

46 minutes

Medium:

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Thomas Adès, Per Nørgård & Hans Abrahamsen


Abrahamsen:

Preludes (10) (String Quartet No. 1)

Adès:

Arcadiana

Nørgård:

Quartetto Breve (String Quartet No. 1)


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The Danish String Quartet, one of the most widely-acclaimed chamber groups of the present moment, makes its ECM debut playing a programme of British and Danish music: Thomas Adès’s Arcadiana (composed 1994), Per Nørgård’s Quartetto Breve (1952), and Hans Abrahamsen’s 10 Preludes (1973).

The pieces were all written when the respective composers were each barely into their 20s, and have a freshness and intensity vividly conveyed in the DSQ’s interpretations. “Arcadia has no national boundaries”, writes Paul Griffiths in the liner notes. “We may feel that the precision of nuance, the warm and intelligent closeness of voices and the command of form these Danish musicians bring to Abrahamsen as to Nørgård comes from some common heritage or sympathy, and yet the same fine qualities shine through their performance of the Adès piece.”

The album was recorded in May 2015 at Reitstadel Neumarkt and produced by Manfred Eicher.

In 2009 the Danish String Quartet won First Prize in the 11th London International String Quartet Competition (now ‘Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition’), and for two years from 2013 were members of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme. In early 2016 they were named winners of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award.

Thomas Adès: Arcadiana, Op. 12

I. Venezia notturna

II. Das klinget so herrlich, das klinget so schön

III. Auf dem Wasser zu singen

IV. Et… (tango mortale)

V. L'embarquement

VI. O Albion

VII. Lethe

Per Nørgård: String Quartet No. 1 - "Quartetto Breve"

Lento, poco rubato

Allegro risoluto

Hans Abrahamsen: String Quartet No. 1 - "10 Preludes For String Quartet"

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The Guardian

21st April 2016

*****

“It’s an exacting programme requiring grace, grit and clarity and the Danish players sound terrific – lithe and glassy in the Abrahamsen, richer in the Nørgard, able to capture the picturesque watery shimmer of the Adès but also the slime and murk below the surface. It’s a sophisticated performance.”

Sunday Times

8th May 2016

“An excellent band here offer three engaging works written at the beginnings of these composers’ illustrious careers.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2016

“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”

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