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The Danish String Quartet  

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The Danish String Quartet, formerly known as the Young Danish String Quartet, made its debut at the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. In the course of remarkably short time the quartet drew attention to itself for its highly committed musicianship and enthralling style, and the ensemble quickly established itself as the most promising news in the classical music world in Denmark. After winning the Danish Radio P2 Chamber Music Competition in 2004 the quartet's good name was established in Denmark, and the four young musicians have since then been frequent guests in Danish festivals, music societies and international chamber music venues.

The Danish String Quartet has participated in numerous chamber music competitions with great success. After winning the P2 competition as the youngest winners ever, they proceeded to win 1. Prize in Vagn Holmboe String Quartet Competition and the Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition in Holland. The Danish String Quartet won the 1. Prize and the Audience Prize in the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition in 2005. In March 2009 they won the First Prize in the Eleventh London International String Quartet Competition. The Danish String Quartet were also awarded four other prizes: The 20th Century Prize, the Beethoven Prize, the Sidney Griller Award and the Menton Festival Prize.

In 2006 the Danish Radio made the Danish String Quartet 'Artist in Residence' and this led to solo performances with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Danish National Chamber Orchestra playing works by Elgar and O. A. Thommesen. It also gave the quartet the opportunity to record all Carl Nielsen's string quartets in the Danish Radio Concert Hall. The recordings were released on the Dacapo label in 2007 and 2008 and they were hailed by the critics as extremely successful recordings.

Live Dates

12/01/2015   P2 Prize 2015
Den Danske Strygekvartet vandt P2 Prisen 2015 for "Wood Works", mens trioen Gáman modtog årets Lyt til Nyt Pris for albummet "Early & Late".
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25/04/2014   Gallery - Danish String Quartets in the woods
Se billederne fra Den Danske Strygekvartets indspilning af "Wood Works" - helt ude i skoven...
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11/04/2014   Wood Works - The Danish String Quartet plays Nordic folk music
Den Danske Strygekvartet stiller skarpt på den nordiske folkemusik med albummet Wood Works, som udkommer på CD den 5. maj og på vinyl til juni
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10/04/2014   Video trailer - Den Danske Strygekvartet spiller folkemusik
Watch the video trailer for The Danish String Quartet's folk music CD "Wood Works", which will be released in Copenhagen on 5th May!
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17/01/2014   Coming soon: The Danish String Quartet plays folk music
Dacapo Records will be releasing the long-awaited folk music CD from The Danish String Quartet
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10/10/2011   Gramophone feature: "Everyones talking about Nielsen"
Complex and contradictory, Nielsen's wide output has been sidelined for more than half a century. But, argues Andrew Mellor from Gramophone, we might at last be on the brink of a major, reputation-shifting Nielsen revival. Read the article here
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10/06/2010   Bent G. recommends
This spring Danish radio listeners have been able to hear a discreet gentleman called Bent G. every Sunday morning in the popular classical programme "Open House". We reveal his identity here, along with three of his Dacapo favourites
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10/12/2014   New York Times

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
“The superb Danish String Quartet plays its own engaging arrangements of Nordic folk tunes.”
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10/12/2014   Gramophone – HOLIDAY CRITICS’ CHOICE

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
“In the talented hands of the Danish String Quartet these ‘Wood Works’ […] are buffed and polished to a glossy concert-hall sheen.“
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25/11/2014   The Strad - THE STRAD RECOMMENDS

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
"Closely recorded, the sound is dry but warm, picking up every turn of phrase in sharp detail. Highly recommended."
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18/11/2014   Audiophile Audition

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
"There is plenty of ambiance in this stereo recording, yet the placement of instruments in space have a solid image."
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06/10/2014   Musicweb International

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
"The result is a disc that can be played through with pleasure."
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01/10/2014   The Whole Note

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
"It’s a charming, relaxing and thoroughly satisfying CD."
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28/09/2014   The Classical Reviewer

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
"The Danish String Quartet gives terrific performances of these lovely arrangements."
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18/09/2014   Sinfini Music

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
5/5 Stars

"A quietly innovative and unexpected delight, whose charms only grow as the music unfolds track by track."
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01/09/2014   Klassisk

Når klassisk møder folkemusik
"Et gysende smukt album, hvor klassisk perfektion møder groovy danserytmer og melodier, der går lige i hjertet."
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22/08/2014   Infodad.com

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
"This is a straightforward presentation of some very listenable but scarcely compelling music – everything is very well played."
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03/07/2014   David's Review Corner

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
"The excellent ensemble lavish much love and affection on each track."
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18/06/2014   JC Klassisk

Wood Works: The Danish String Quartet
"Det er specielt at høre en så dygtig og engageret klassisk strygekvartet tage sig af kendte og i hvert fald typiske dansemelodier i så begavede arrangementer."
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15/08/2012   ConcertoNet.com

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 2
”La compréhension intime de l’esprit et de la musique de leur compatriote permet une interprétation toujours d’un bon niveau et souvent inspirée.”
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13/07/2012   Flensborg Avis

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 2
"Endnu en fantastisk boks med genudgivelser."
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11/06/2012   Fyens Stiftstidene

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 2
5/6 Stars

"Noget nær det perfekte"
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21/05/2012   SØNDAG

Carl Nielsen: The Masterworks Vol. 2
"Fyn er fin, og Carl Nielsen er Fyns fineste."
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10/08/2008   New York Times

Carl Nielsen: String Quartets Vol. 2
"...the impassioned, insightful performances again shed light on fascinating repertory (...) they play Nielsen's quartets as if they owned them"
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05/08/2007   New York Times

Carl Nielsen: String Quartets Vol. 1
"These are youthful and energetic performances (...) These young Danes seem to have a genuine insight into the music of their country's best known composer"
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01/07/2007   Gramophone

Carl Nielsen: String Quartets Vol. 1
EDITOR'S CHOICE - "Has Nielsen been played better?"
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Photo: Nikolaj Lund

Discography

Wood Works (LP)
Wood Works (LP)

LP DAC-LP001 (2014)

A true hipster version on vinyl of the Danish Album of the Year 2015 with Nordic folk music for string quartet

Wood Works (CD)
Wood Works (CD)

CD 8.226081 (2014)

Danish Release of the Year 2015: Nordic folk music in groovy and meltingly beautiful original arrangements for string quartet

The Masterworks Vol. 2 - Chamber and Instrumental Works
The Masterworks Vol. 2 - Chamber and Instrumental Works
Carl Nielsen

CD 8.206003 (2012)

All Dacapo’s latest recordings of Carl Nielsen’s chamber and piano works, played by Danish musicians with Nielsen’s absolutely distinctive tone in their blood.

String Quartets Vol. 2
String Quartets Vol. 2
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220522 (2008)

The new reference recording of Nielsen’s string quartets is now complete

String Quartets Vol. 1
String Quartets Vol. 1
Carl Nielsen

SACD 6.220521 (2007)

Fantastic, innovative recording by The Danish String Quartet


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