Nielsen: String Quartets, Vol. 1

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Nielsen: String Quartets, Vol. 1



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Nielsen: String Quartets, Vol. 1


String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 14 (FS23)

String Quartet No. 4 in F major, Op. 44 (FS36)

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Carl Nielsen: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 14, FS 23x

I. Allegro con brio

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Allegretto pastorale. Presto. Allegretto pastorale

IV. Finale: Allegro coraggioso - Allegro molto

Carl Nielsen: String Quartet in F major, Op. 44, FS 36xx

I. Allegro non tanto e comodo

II. Adagio con sentimento religioso

III. Allegretto moderato ed innocente

IV. Finale: Molto adagio - Allegro non tanto, ma molto scherzoso

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Why is it that quartets of international standing have not taken up the Nielsen quartets (or the Berwald or Stenhammar for that matter). They are marvellous pieces and their neglect outside Scandinavia seems quite unaccountable. This release by the Oslo Quartet is refreshingly straightforward, full of vitality and spirit. Both scores are played with evident feeling but without any intrusive expressive exaggeration. The recordings are a little closely balanced, and as a result fortissimo passages can sound a touch fierce and wiry, for example in the closing page or so of the first movement of the F major (seven minutes into track 5). A pity the Oslo doesn't have as wellbalanced a recording as Chandos and the Danish engineers provide for the Zapolski. The quartet is scrupulous in observing dynamic markings and gives totally dedicated, idiomatic performances.
Artistically it's the finest at any price point.”

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