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Anton Kontra  

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Anton Kontra was born and grew up in Hungary and trained by Ede Zathureczky in Budapest. He has won prizes at the Bach Competition in Leipsig and the Wienawski competition in Warsaw. He is one of the leading violin soloists in Scandivavia, and for a generation has functioned as a unique dynamo in Danish musical life - as the leader of the Kontra Quartet, as the leader of the Zealand Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist. Among his recordings is Per Nørgård’s Violin Concerto Helle Nacht. Besides his work in the Kontra Quartet, Anton Kontra is today leader of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

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04/03/2011   Classics Today (9/9)

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"This important set belongs in the collection of anyone who cares about good 20th-century chamber music."
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01/01/2011   International Record Review

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"Among the significant cycles of string quartets from the post-war era, that by Danish composer Vagn Holmboe is one of the most substantial surveying."
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17/12/2010   Classique Info

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"Retenez votre souffle et plongez, la remontée sans paliers de décompression risque de s’avérer difficile mais gratifiante"
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01/11/2010   OPUS

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
5/5 Stars

"För Holmboekännare rekommenderar denna box förstås sig själv."
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01/11/2010   Ensemble

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"Dem Kontra Quartet ist eine faszinierende Box gelungen."
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13/10/2010   Crescendo

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
"Erschließt sich hier eine Quelle eindringlichster Entdeckungen von einem kaum bekannten Giganten."
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19/09/2010   Musicweb International

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
“Holmboe’s quartets are one of the great treasures of the last century (…) With this box set comes a chance to discover them in performances of great accomplishment and dedication.”
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06/09/2010   Svenska Dagbladet

Vagn Holmboe: The Complete String Quartets
5 Stars

"En i sanning rik samling kammarmusik för den sparsmakade, utsökt framförd av Kontrakvartetten."
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15/01/1994   Gramophone

Vagn Holmboe: String Quartets Vol. 1
"Recommended with enthusiasm."
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15/01/1994  

Vagn Holmboe: String Quartets Vol. 1
CANNES CLASSICAL AWARD
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15/07/1992   BBC Radio

Hans Abrahamsen and Poul Ruders: String Quartets
"The Kontra Quartet capture both the brusque quirkiness and the delicate pathos of these works."
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20/05/1992   Fanfare

Peter Arnold Heise: Chamber Music
"Amalie Malling is a formidable player."
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15/05/1992   HiFi Vision

Peter Arnold Heise: Chamber Music
"Eine Perle."
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15/05/1992   American Record Guide

Peter Arnold Heise: Chamber Music
"Fine, idiomatic performances."
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Discography

The Complete String Quartets
The Complete String Quartets
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.207001 (2010)

7 CD box set of all Holmboe's string quartets in the highly acclaimed recordings by the Kontra Quartet

String Quartets Vol. 7
String Quartets Vol. 7
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224131 (2001)

This unsurpassed series concludes with Holmboe’s very last work, completed by his pupil Per Nørgård

String Quartets Vol. 6
String Quartets Vol. 6
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224128 (2001)

Penultimate CD in the definitive series with String Quartets 17, 19 and 20, written in the 1980s

String Quartets Vol. 5
String Quartets Vol. 5
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224127 (1999)

Strygekvartet nr. 13-15, skrevet i en intens periode midt i 1970’erne

String Quartets
String Quartets
Rued Langgaard

DCCD 9302A-B (1999)

String Quartets Vol. 4
String Quartets Vol. 4
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224101 (1998)

Three strong quartets from the beginning of the 1970s – a very fruitful period for Holmboe

String Quartets Vol. 3
String Quartets Vol. 3
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224073 (1997)

Grand recordings of String Quartets 7, 8 and 9, composed in the mid-1960s

Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 2
Ludolf Nielsen

CD 8.224047 (1997)

En symfonisk hyldest til livet og kærligheden – med den smukke Violinromance som bonus

String Quartets Vol. 2
String Quartets Vol. 2
Vagn Holmboe

CD 8.224026 (1996)

String Quartets 2, 5 and 6, the starting shots for Holmboe’s immersion in the genre

Works for Cello
Works for Cello
Per Nørgård

CD 8.224007 (1995)

Five highly varied fruits of Per Nørgård’s fascination with the cello

String Quartets Vol. 1
String Quartets Vol. 1
Vagn Holmboe

DCCD 9203 (1993)

String Quartets
String Quartets
Hans Abrahamsen and Poul Ruders

DCCD 9006 (1992)

Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Peter Arnold Heise

DCCD 9113 (1992)


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