The Nightingale String Quartet are now presenting their second CD in the series of Rued Langgaard’s collected string quartets
Although the four young string players in the Nightingale String Quartet are still students at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, they already have a solid CD success behind them. Last year when the quartet released their debut CD of string quartets by Rued Langgaard, they placed the names of both quartet and composer firmly on the musical world map with top ratings, prizes and honours in the Danish and foreign music press. Now they are ready to release the next volume in the series, which will consist of a total of three CDs.
Nightingale String Quartet : Gunvor Sihm (violin), Marie-Louise Broholt Jensen (viola), Josefine Dalsgaard (violin) and Louisa Schwab (cello)
- Photo: Nikolaj Lund
World premiere on board
With the Nightingale String Quartet’s recording it is the first time Rued Langgaard’s quartets are appearing on CD in a complete edition. And the new release in the series features a special attraction in the form of a world premiere recording – a work that has never before been recorded on CD -– the quartet Rosengaardsspil (Rosengaard Play). In addition the new CD presents the quartets Sommerdage (Summer Days) and the String Quartet in A flat major, all composed in 1918, when Rued Langgaard was 25.
The titles of the newly recorded quartets – Summer Days and Rosengaard Play – refer to a personal turning-point in the young composer’s life. At the age of 20 Rued Langgaard had fallen head over heels in love during a summer holiday in the Swedish spa town Kyrkhult, where he and his family lived in a house called Rosengården (The Rose Garden). The Danish Langgaard scholar Bendt Viinholdt says: “We don’t know precisely what happened that summer 100 years ago. But at any rate in the town Rued Langgaard met the girl Dora – whose identity is unknown today – and later called a whole succession of works after the months at Rosengården, including most of the string quartets. The music from those years is full of specific references to unrequited love, while at the same time the characteristic emotional ups and downs that come with an intense love affair are clear to anyone who hears the music. And in fact throughout his life the composer returned to the memories of that summer.”
Press quotes on Vol. 1
"The Nightingale Quartet understand the provocative vitality, the fragile romantic sensitivity and the striking intellectual independence behind it all." BBC Music Magazine - CHAMBER CHOICE JUNE 2012
"This young Danish Ensemble throws itself into the music... To call the second volume 'eagerly anticipated' would be a massive understatement." Gramophone - GRAMOPHONE CHOICE JUNE 2012
"Diese fantastische CD macht auf ganzer Linie Lust auf Langgaard." Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, Germany
"Simply breathtaking. I can't wait for the next release." San Francisco Chronicle
"Nightingale String Quartet have an uncanny affinity with Langgaard's wildly moody music and conjure plenty of exquisite moments on this surprisingly rewarding recording." The Observer, UK
"The performances here are marvelous... The Nightingale String Quartet relishes every bizarre nuance" Classics Today 10/10