12 December 2014
NPR Music – BEST CLASSICAL ALBUMS OF 2014
It was a good year for Danish music, with excellent recordings of symphonies
by Carl Nielsen, Per Nørgård and Poul Ruders, plus two lovely albums of Rued Langgaard's string quartets. But the most striking of all is Wood Works
, a musical journey through Nordic folk music guided by the extraordinarily gifted Danish String Quartet
. "Sønderho Bridal Triology — Part II," with its colorful grooves, turns out to be a 400-year-old wedding song from the Danish island of Fanø. There are stops in other Nordic hamlets for local versions of polkas and jigs, all played with such unmannered charm that you might wish the group would give up its usual diet of Haydn and Brahms.