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Nightingale String Quartet was formed in 2007 and consists of Gunvor Sihm and Josefine Dalsgaard, violins, Marie Louise Broholt Jensen, viola, and Louisa Schwab, cello. All four are students in the soloist course at the academies in Copenhagen and Aarhus with Professor Tim Frederiksen as mentor and chamber music teacher. Since September 2012 the quartet has also studied regularly with Professor Hatto Beyerle, founder of the Alban Berg Quartet and ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy). Nightingale String Quartet has won prizes in several chamber music competitions in Denmark and abroad, including DR P2’s Chamber Music Competition and the Charles Hennen Concours in Holland. In October 2010 Nightingale String Quartet was awarded the Danish Radio P2 talent prize 2010 “for with burning passion, irresistible zest, and infectious mutual responsiveness making the classical string quartet wriggle with life – so that the music speaks directly and strongly to both new and old listeners”. In 2013 Nightingale String Quartet was awarded the Artists’ Prize of the Danish Music Critics and in the summer of 2014 they were included in The Danish Arts Foundation’s exclusive 2-year support scheme “The Young Elite”. Nightingale String Quartet’s first CD of Rued Langgaard’s collected string quartets was released by Dacapo Records in 2012. The release won the DR P2 Prize as Danish CD of the Year, and was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award as “Chamber CD of the Year”. The second Langgaard CD (released 2013) has too received excellent reviews all over the world including a five-star review in BBC Music Magazine, and like Vol. 1 it was selected as Gramophone’s ‘Editor‘s Choice’. In September 2014 Gramophone awarded Nightingale String Quartet the prestigious ‘Young Artist of the Year Award’ for their work with Rued Langgaard’s string quartets.

www.nightingalestringquartet.com

Live Dates

19/08/2015   Two Gramophone nominations for Dacapo
To Dacapo-udgivelser er med i opløbet om Gramophone Awards 2015!
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17/08/2015   Nightingale String Quartet present new music video
The Nightingale String Quartet present an evocative new video with music by Rued Langaard - see
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17/09/2014   Nightingale String Quartet wins prestigious Gramophone Award
Nightingale String Quartet receives Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and prepares for new CD release
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02/04/2014   Nightingales honoured in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine
This month Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine award top marks and a "Choice" to Nightingale String Quartet's recent Langgaard CD
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25/11/2013   Award-winning quartet ready for new CD release
The Nightingale String Quartet are now presenting their second CD in the series of Rued Langgaard’s collected string quartets
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20/11/2013   New photo series with Nightingale String Quartet
Nightingale String Quartet present new photo series accompanying the release of their second CD with string quartets by Rued Langgaard
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04/10/2013   Nattergale i æteren og i Berlin
I oktober kan opleve en forsmag på Nightingale String Quartets næste CD i både Den Sorte Diamant, i P2-æteren og i Berlin
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04/10/2013   New video: Nightingale String Quartet - Langgaard quartets Vol. 2
View the video trailer for Nightingale String Quartet's next Langgaard CD
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22/02/2013   Musikanmelderringens Kunstnerpriser 2013
Basbarytonen Jakob Bloch Jespersen og Nightinggale String Quartet modtager Musikanmelderringens Kunstnerpriser 2013.
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22/01/2013   Nightingales honoured with BBC nomination and P2 Prize
The Nightingale String Quartet has been awarded the DR P2 Prize for Best Danish CD of the Year as well as a nomination for the prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013!
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16/05/2012   Nightingale and Langgaard strike gold in England and the US
The young Nightingale String Quartet's new Langgaard recording tops the bill in the Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and on USA's biggest classical radio station
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27/03/2012   Photos from Nightingale String Quartet CD launch
Se billederne fra Nightingale String Quartets London-besøg i forbindelse med lanceringen af deres første Langgaard-CD
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12/03/2012   New video: Nightingale plays Langgaard
View our video trailer from the recording sessions for Rued Langgaard's quartets featuring the Nightingale String Quartet
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12/03/2012   Prisvindende nattergale klar til CD-premiere
Den unge Nightingale String Quartet præsenterer den første samlede indspilning af Rued Langgaards strygekvartetter ved release-arrangementer i London og København
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25/11/2015   La Folia

Langgaard: String Quartets, Vol. 2
"Exceptionally anachronistic, there are maneuverings that suggest a close study of Beethoven."
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25/11/2015   La Folia

Langgaard: String Quartets, Vol. 3
"This is eccentric music, beautiful in parts, but not as extensively developed as might be expected from the maturity of the exposition."
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03/08/2015   Klassiekezaken

Empathische Dames
"Eigenlijk is het ongelooflijk dat een componist die zoveel te zeggen had, nog altijd zo onbekend is."
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26/05/2015   The Strad

Rued Langgaard: Strygekvartetter Vol. 3
”The players exploit both tonal warmth and rhythmic airiness to bring out the best in the music’s contrapuntal interplay and melodic ingenuity”
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06/04/2015   ClassicalCDReview.com

Rued Langgaard: Strygekvartetter Vol. 3
"These gentle quartets are far removed from the composer’s grand, dramatic later works, and these fine performances, beautifully recorded, are an important addition to the catalog."
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27/03/2015   MusicWeb International

Rued Langgaard: Strygekvartetter Vol. 3
"The Nightingale Quartet are in fine form once more, and bring all the freshness of new discovery – which many of these works must have been for them – to their splendid performances."
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09/03/2015   WTJU

Rued Langgaard: Strygekvartetter Vol. 3
“The Nightingale String Quartet turns in committed performances, bringing to light the subtle nuances of the scores. Excellent performances of exceptional music.”
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22/12/2014   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

Langgaard: String Quartets 1 & 5
"The Nightingale Quartet do a splendid job bringing out the drama and nuances of the works and in so doing go a long ways in helping you forget [Laanggaards’] out-of-time stance."
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16/12/2014   JC Klassisk

Rued Langgaard: Strygekvartetter Vol. 3
"Fire piger fortsætter succes."
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15/12/2014   Crocks Newsletter

Langgaard: String Quartets 1 & 5
"[The Nightingale Quartet’s] playing is not only technically accomplished, but reveals a great understanding and sensitivity for [Langgaard’s] music. It’s easy to understand why they won Gramophone Magazine’s 2014 “Young Artist of the Year Award” for these stunning interpretations of works by one of Denmark’s most autonomous composers."
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14/12/2014   Berlingske - ÅRETS BEDSTE 2014

Rued Langgaard Strygekvartetter Vol. 3
"Til den kræsne kvartetelsker. Verden har allerede rost de to første album til skyerne og vil gøre det samme med treeren."
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01/12/2014   Gramophone

Langgaard: String Quartets 1 & 5
"Their Langgaard cycle is bringing this maverick composer the kind of broader recognition he always deserved, and their playing on this final volume lives up to the sky-high standards they have led us to expect."
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26/11/2014   Infodad

Langgaard: String Quartets 1 & 5
"The Nightingale String Quartet handles these very different pieces with skill and understanding, allowing the thorny elements their difficulties and the expressive ones their beauties, thus showing how extreme the mood swings tend to be in all Langgaard’s music."
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05/11/2014   SA-CD.net

Langgaard: String Quartets 1 & 5
5/5 Stars

"Dacapo's full set of Rued Langgaard's String Quartets is a triumph in musicianship and engineering; it already seems to have been added to the new understanding of the composer and his wild work. Followers of the Langgaard restoration should certainly hear these discs, and lovers of string quartets may well be very surprised at what they have been missing."
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03/11/2014   Klassisk

Rued Langgaard Strygekvartetter Vol. 3
5/6 Stars

"Et løftet øjenbryn her, et blik til siden der, Langgaards tårer, forvirring og isolation i en svævende akkord, der dunker af glæde og smerte."
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24/10/2014   Fyen

Rued Langgaard Strygekvartetter Vol. 3
"Kvartetten spiller med en nerve og en glød, både i de rolige og i de fyrige passager, som så herligt matcher Langgaards intentioner."
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16/10/2014   GregersDH

LANGGAARD TAGET PÅ KORNET
6/6 Stars

"En fordybelse i og forståelse for stoffets karakter – en karakter, der er både sær og utraditionel."
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12/10/2014   Jyllands-Posten

Stadig stærkt forførende
5/6 Stars

"I kvartettens unge hænder er strygekvartetterne blevet til de mest følsomme og hudløse betroelser med den mest vildtvoksende klangfantasi, man kan drømme om."
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06/10/2014   David’s Review Corner

Langgaard: String Quartets 1 & 5
"The young Nightingale Quartet are powerful champions of an outstanding composer, the disc beautifully recorded and fervently recommended."
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24/09/2014   Kristeligt Dagblad

Fornem Pris til Nattergalene
4/6 Stars

"Som på de to foregående cd’er spiller Nattergalene med fynd og klem, og deres fortolkninger bliver en klingende anbefaling af den egenartede komponist."
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21/09/2014   Berlingske

Hvornår har det lige lydt så dejligt?
5/6 Stars

"De har kreeret et sæt, der vil stå som det ultimative mange år frem."
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20/09/2014   henrikengelbrecht.dk

De danske nattergale og Rued fra Ribe
"Hvis du vil høre en strygekvartet i virkelig international topklasse spille musik, som de kender helt ned i de mindste detaljer, så er kombinationen Nightingale String Quartet og Rued Langgaard et ualmindeligt godt svar på en ledig eftermiddag foran højttalerne."
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17/07/2014   Gregers DH

DRAMATIKEREN LANGGAARD
6/6 Stars

"Kvartetten, som Nightingale-pigerne hermed giver sin cd-uropførelse, fortsætter sats efter sats med spontane, stadig nyfødte, dramatiske ryk."
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14/05/2014   MusicWeb International

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 2
"Plenty to enjoy on this disc, not least the ideally sympathetic performances."
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01/04/2014   Gramophone CHOICE April 2014

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 2
"The quartet is heard to advantage in the detailed yet spacious Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, while Bendt Viinholt Nielsen’s notes are highly informative. One can only look forward to the final release in this important and worthwhile series."
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01/04/2014   BBC Music Magazine

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 2
5/5 Stars

"As in their first Langgaard disc the Nightingales play this music with an understanding and love that puts competitors in the shade. And it's all beautifully recorded."
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25/02/2014   Classica

Rued Langgaard: Strygekvartetter Vol. 2
4/4 Stars

"Les quatre femmes de cette formation danoise lancée en 2007 (...) confirment leur fructucuse affinité avec certaines partitions d'un Langgaard aussi déboussolé que talentueux."
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19/02/2014   Kristeligt Dagblad

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 2
5/6 Stars

"De fire nattergale spiller denne musik, så den går ind under huden på lytteren."
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16/12/2013   Information - ÅRETS KLASSISKE CD'er 2013

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 2
"Hvilken verden af længsler, kærtegn, attrå, mismod og jubel vi her møder for første gang. Utroligt."
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16/12/2013   Berlingske - ÅRETS BEDSTE 2013

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 2
"Velkommen til en romantik, vi alt for længe har været foruden."
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10/12/2013   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 2
5/6 Stars

"Formfuldendt fra ende til anden."
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04/02/2013   MusicWeb International

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets vol. 1
"Fully deserving of a BBC or any other award."
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01/12/2012   Berlingske

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
Berlingske - Årets Bedste 2012. "Guf for dem, der har alt."
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01/10/2012   Neue Zeitschrift für Musik

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets vol. 1
5/5 Stars

"Diese fantastische CD macht auf ganzer Linie Lust auf Langgaard."
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04/07/2012   Musik & Theater

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"Dänische Quartettkunst"
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01/07/2012   San Francisco Chronicle

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"Simply breathtaking. I can't wait for the next release."
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01/07/2012   thewholenote.com

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"These performances are as close to definitive as you can get. Wonderful stuff, and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the series."
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01/06/2012   OPUS.41

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
6/6 Stars

"en strålande inspelning."
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24/05/2012   SA.CD.net

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
5/5 Stars

"If you are already a Langgaard fan, this will be an essential aquisition". "Highly recommended".
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14/05/2012   www.WQXR.org

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"...Makes you wonder what a night out with these four Danish dames would be like."
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13/05/2012   Gramophone - GRAMOPHONE CHOICE JUNE 2012

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"This young Danish Ensemble throws itself into the music... To call the second volume 'eagerly anticipated' would be a massive understatement."
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13/05/2012   BBC Music Magazine - CHAMBER CHOICE JUNE 2012

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
5/5 Stars

"The Nightingale Quartet understand all these aspects: the provocative vitality, the fragile romantic sensitivity and the striking intellectual independence behind it all."
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01/05/2012   Classical Music Sentinel

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"Potentially two more volumes of new music for us to anticipate, hopefully with the same quartet captured in as fine a recording as this one."
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01/05/2012   KLASSISK

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets vol. 1
5/6 Stars

"Cd'en er et kæmpeskridt for både de unge musikere og for Langgaard (...) vol. 2 kan ikke komme hurtigt nok."
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01/05/2012   International Record Review

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"Comprehensive notes from Bendt Viinholt Nielsen further enhance a disc that confirms the significance of the composer's quartet legacy."
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19/04/2012   www.timeout.com/london

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
4/5 Stars

"...really this is the music of a genuine one-off..."
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18/04/2012   Svenska Dagbladet

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
5/6 Stars

"Unga danska Nightingale String Quartet står för febrila tolkningar som överträffar Kontrakvartettens inspelningar från 80-talet"
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18/04/2012   Kristeligt Dagblad

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
4/6 Stars

"Nattergalene spiller med liv og lyst, og man fristes til at sige, at aldrig har Langgaard lydt skarpere."
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12/04/2012   Classical CD Reviews.com

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"the sheer originality of the music, its skilful melodic construction, and its vast array of colours and moods makes it well worth hearing"
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11/04/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
5/6 Stars

"Deres følelsesladede fortolkning fornemmes så perfekt og rigtig: der skal spilles til sveden perler og blodet springer."
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11/04/2012   The Observer

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"They have an uncanny affinity with Langgaard's wildly moody music and conjure plenty of exquisite moments on this surprisingly rewarding recording."
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11/04/2012   Classics Today (10/10)

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"The performances here are marvelous... The Nightingale String Quartet relishes every bizarre nuance."
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30/03/2012   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
5/6 Stars

"Der er noget dejligt uhæmmet over den danske strygekvartets greb om den excentriske Langgaard og hans frodige lydbilleder."
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27/03/2012   Politiken

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
5/6 Hjerter

"Medrivende og slagkraftigt... De banebrydende tonemalerier i Langgaards anden strygekvartet får nerve og nærvær som aldrig før."
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26/03/2012   Musical Pointers

Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol. 1
"A treasure trove, with the youthful Nightingale String Quartet well placed to have secured such an important contract."
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Photo: Nikolaj Lund

Discography

String Quartets Vol. 3
String Quartets Vol. 3
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220577 (2014)

Third and last album in the epoch-making series that makes the picture of Lang¬gaard’s many-faceted personality clearer then ever

String Quartets Vol. 2
String Quartets Vol. 2
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220576 (2013)

A world of hypersensitive romanticism. The Nightingale Quartet play Langgaard’s works for string quartet with raw nerve.

String Quartets Vol. 1
String Quartets Vol. 1
Rued Langgaard

SACD 6.220575 (2012)

A dramatic breakthrough for both Langgaard’s unrestrained quartet art from the beginning of the 1900s and the young female Nightingale Quartet.


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