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Product Description The Danish String Quartets love of traditional Scandinavian folk music is becoming as well known as the quartets masterly approach to the classical repertoire. Now the renowned ensemble, at present house quartet at both New York's Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and BBC Radio 3, is releasing the vinyl version of Wood Works, presenting their favorite melodies from Nordic folk music including the 400 year old bridal music from the island of Fanø that has spread far and wide as a video with over 50,000 plays across the internet. The high technical and musical quality, the joy of playing, the powerful impact the quartet makes on stage and the fresh approach to familiar repertoire has become a Danish String Quartet trademark. These qualities have led the quartet to great success. The four young musicians have performed all over Europe, returning repeatedly to Germany and the UK particularly. Review The quartet mines a surprisingly varied range of moods, instrumental effects and color, and tempo. --Strings Magazine, December 2014 "It was a good year for Danish music, with excellent recordings of symphonies by Carl Nielsen, Per Norgard and Poul Ruders, plus two lovely albums of Rued Langgaard's string quartets. But the most striking of all is Wood Works, a musical journey through Nordic folk music guided by the extraordinarily gifted Danish String Quartet. "Sonderho Bridal Triology - Part II," with its colorful grooves, turns out to be a 400-year-old wedding song from the Danish island of Fano. There are stops in other Nordic hamlets for local versions of polkas and jigs, all played with such unmannered charm that you might wish the group would give up its usual diet of Haydn and Brahms." --Tom Huizenga, NPR Best Classical Albums of 2014

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A String Quartet That Takes You Beyond the ClassicsThe young men who make up the Danish String Quartet are highly accomplished (no news here) and have performed a great service by arranging and performing these popular works, most of them dance numbers and folk-based. These are a real treat for the ears, and the Quartet (should it perform somewhere near to you) is a group of dedicated musicians who must be seen and heard in live performance. A rare find.5... of hearing this Quartet in a very small acoustically perfect venue. The concert was primarily a Classical display ...I had the pleasure of hearing this Quartet in a very small acoustically perfect venue. The concert was primarily a Classical display of their talents, observing each other for cue s and playing flawlessly. When they finished that and started to play some of the songs on this album they really just closed their eyes and felt the vibe from each other and began to play with practised passion. It was incredible to be a part of it, and this cd was ordered when I got home. Its not like being there, but is a great album.5Wonderful, fresh take on traditional folk musicThis collection of songs is so well arranged and so well executed that it seems impossible to have emanated from 4 separate people. While I have no doubt that they always work hard to perfect their individual parts of the performances, the end result gives the impression that they play together with one mind. Some songs sound as old as civilization itself, and reverberate in the soul. Others have a modern flair that feels edgy, lively and fun.These men are very well known for their classical talents. This rarer side of their personalities is one of the most charming recreations of living history I've ever experienced in a single album.If nothing else, it's a perfect companion for sitting next to the fire with a hot cup of coffee, watching through the window as snow falls and swirls outside. Who knows better than the Scandinavians about hygge.5Nice oneWhatever these guys do they do well; eminently listenable folk music and worth the full price.5Stunning Nordic Folk Music in Classical FormsA very short history of popular Scandinavian music in America: Rosenfole (1989); Nordisk San (1991); The Sweet Sunny North (Vol 1, 1994; Vol 2, 1996]; Septentrio (2013), and now (2014) Wood Works. The Danish String Quartet, a classical ensemble, arranged Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish traditional and folk songs and dances to produce a beautiful, sweet, haunting, and somewhat melancholic album, even when the dances swirl and jump. Most of the folk music in this region centers on the fiddle; thus, it is appropriate for a quartet to expand the harmonies and embellish the simple melodies. Ditties now are transformed into quasi sonatas, rondos, chaconnes, and renaissance gigues. [I really do not know the musical structures, but you get the drift.] A flugelhorn makes a guest appearance in track 7, Five Sheep, Four Goats. Counterpoint and jazzlike swing follow in a contemporary piece, O Fredrik, O Fredrik. The schottis, is a rhythm that alludes to Scotland; this wide European musical style is the dance of track 12, which came to Norway from Germany. Go figure. Wood Works is a wonderful album that will please world music fans as well as classical music enthusiasts. This unique fusion is charming.5Danish String Quartet Wows with the Folk Music of ScandinaviaI just recently learned and found the Danish String Quartet, one through a feature in a magazine and then through NPR radio playing their music. I was leaning towards this Wood Works album being of Scandinavian influences in the traditional folk sense, Norwegian myself and loving the music classical and traditional. What a treat and delight this album is! The album starts off in a haunting tone, reflective and sets the Scandinavian spirit in a dark yet beautiful mood. Then it moves on from there with spirited dances, jigs, and tradtional folk tones, some even will recognize who are familiar with Scandinavian music. In fact I can't stop playing the album, the groups playing is fantastic and evokes the feelings and sounds of Norway, Sweden, Denmark so very well. Its like a traditional Scandinavian koltbord or smorgasbord filled with moving material and a fresh sound for these old pieces and stories that are living within them. What has me so impressed is its a string quartet playing traditional tunes, yet while listening you forget its a string quartet. I can't recommend this album enough. I would love to see a follow up album to this one, they cover the Scandinavian feelings and sounds so well and you can tell by the playing that they enjoy what they do and have the knowledge and care for the music they are showcasing and sharing. Thank you Danish String Quartet, amazing job, more please!5Continuing the folk traditionA risk in globalization is the deterioration or disappearance of cultural aspects that have ancient and unique characteristics like launguages and folk music. Even in the classical genre, grafting such folk melodies was fairly common albeit in small doses. Here the Danes continue this tradition seen in early composers like Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak, Liszt grafting in Hungarian folk fragments but especially in the lifelong work of Bartok with Kodaly. As such the music tends more simple, peasant, organic. It is a place for imperfect and community celebration, not individual, perfected virtuosity. You feel such spirit in what the Danish Quartet brings. It comes off well and makes a broadening repertoire beyond the well-known classical quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Shostakovich. Much credit to these Danes for their tasteful, spirited performances that feel more like a impromptu pub performance than a over-produced recording studio session. Plus some surprise guest instruments bring an unexpected twist to the music. Their instruments sound rich, earthy, clear and balanced. Compositions - 4 stars; Performance - 5 stars; Sound quality - 5 stars.5"FOLK MUSIC IS THE MUSIC OF EVERYWHERE..."DANISH STRING QUARTET. Wood Works. DaCapo. 2014. $14.95. Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Frederik Oland, violin; Asjberg Norgaard, viola; Fredrik Schoyen Sjolin, cello. Folk music is the music of everywhere and everyone. That s the first sentence in the liner notes to Wood Works, a musically charming, tasteful and thoroughly well played homage to Scandinavian folk music. The variety of the pieces played is astonishing to someone like me, who has no prior experience with this music at all. (Actually, that s not quite true. I did recognize Ack Varmeland, du skona, but only because I have it on two jazz albums under the title Dear Old Stockholm. ) There are reels, waltzes, jigs and polkas, and one piece ( O Fredrik, O Fredrick ) that sounds at first like the Kronos Quartet playing Steve Reich. Some of the pieces are subdued and lyrical (cf. especially the three parts of the Sonderho Bridal Trilogy ), others rollicking and rowdy. They even comment about the funky possibilities of the dance, Old Reinlender from Sonndala, which sounds like a particularly muscular schottische. This is one of the best albums of music I have heard in a long time. Everything is perfect in it: their choice of tunes, the harmonious blending and echoing of the violins, viola and cello, and above all, the musicians inspired decision to give their not always so simple native music an audience.5A string quartet that excels at Nordic folk tunes.Wonderful to hear classically trained musicians perform excellent renditions of Nordic folk music. The primary violinist also heads a great trio named Dreamer's Circus.5One of the best crossover albums ever.Wonderful! The Danish String Quartet is a top-quality string ensemble in any case, but this foray into arrangements of traditional Danish folk tunes is thrilling to heart and mind both. The listener is drawn into their local laws of nature, which somehow manage to celebrate the bygone sweetness of Danish country life and at the same time maintain universal appeal. It's one of the few crossover albums I can listen to again and again.Catch them playing a selection of these tunes on YouTube to capture their obvious joy in performing these gems.5
Wood Works

Wood Works

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