Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
03 July 2014
David's Review Corner
David DentonMembers of the Danish String Quartet have arranged for themselves some of the melodies and dances that have become part of life in the Nordic folk music scene.
Within fourteen tracks they show just how music has passed between countries, the lovely Danish Peat Dance just as familiar as an Irish jig reel, while Ribers #8 is a lively Danish dance that could well have come to us as an American hoedown. As the disc progresses, they have mixed a wide variety of tempos and moods, the beauty of Ack Varmeland, du skona, coming as a very beautiful adaptation of a Swedish folk song. There is nothing here that is thought provoking, for it is intended as pure enjoyment, the music falling easily on the ear, and as such I much commend it to you. The excellent ensemble certainly lavish much love and affection on each track, though maybe in hindsight they will regret using a rather tight acoustic that brings thoughts of a small rustic venue.