Danish String Quartet In Scotland

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20151222

The Danish String quartet begin the first of four concerts in Scotland celebrating the 150th anniversary of composer Carl Nielsen. Recorded live at Perth Concert Hall, the concert begins with music by one of Nielsen's great musical heroes. Haydn's Op. 54 string quartets were written for Johann Tost, then concertmaster of Haydn's Esterházy orchestra. Nielsen himself would go on to be a successful violinist in the Royal Danish Orchestra. His String Quartet No 3 was started in the summer of 1891 and dedicated to his friend Edward Grieg.

Haydn: String Quartet in C Major Op. 54 No.2

Nielsen: String Quartet No 3 in E flat major Op.14

Danish String Quartet

Frederik Øland - violin

Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen - violin

Asbjørn Nørgaard - viola

Fredrik Sjölin - cello

Presenter - Kate Molleson.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20151223

New Generation Artists, the members of the Danish String Quartet continue the lunchtime concert series this week from St Andrews in Fife. Recorded live, the quartet perform Nielsen's String Quartet No 2 in F minor, written whilst on sabbatical from his post at the Danish Royal Chapel Orchestra. It's followed by the music Nielsen would have been steeped in as a child - traditional Nordic folk music. Many of these arrangements were made by members of the Danish String Quartet, themselves folk musicians from an early age.

Nielsen: String Quartet No 2 in F minor Op.5

Nordic Folk Tune selection:

Danish trad. arr. Danish String Quartet: 'Sekstur from Vendsyssel: 'The Topped Hen / The Peat Dance'

Poul Bjerager/Trad. arr Danish String Quartet: 'Easter Sunday/Polsk after Rasmus Storm'

Swedish trad. arr. Danish String Quartet: 'Jasspodspolska'

Johannes Rusten arr. Danish String Quartet: 'O Fredrik, O Fredrik'

Norwegian trad. arr. Danish String Quartet: 'Old Reinlender from Sonndala'

Danish trad. arr. Nikolaj Busk: Sonderho Bridal Trilogy - Part III "Brudestyke"

Danish String Quartet

Frederik Øland - violin

Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen - violin

Asbjørn Nørgaard - viola

Fredrik Sjölin - cello

Presenter - Kate Molleson.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20151224

The Danish String Quartet recorded live at the Citadel in Aberdeen, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Danish composer Carl Nielsen. In this third concert from the Scottish tour the Danish String Quartet play an energetic early Quartet by Nielsen and one of the first quartets by his musical idol, Beethoven.

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18

Nielsen: String Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op.13

Danish String Quartet

Frederik Øland - violin

Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen - violin

Asbjørn Nørgaard - viola

Fredrik Sjölin - cello

Presenter - Kate Molleson.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20151225
04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20151225

The fourth and final lunchtime concert by the Danish String Quartet celebrating the 150th anniversary of Carl Nielsen, recorded live at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Nielsen's Fourth String Quartet in F major was written around the time of his comic opera Maskarade, and it's full of the same grace and fun. It's followed by music Nielsen would have been familiar with as a boy, playing with his father's village band - Nordic folk tunes. The Danish String Quartet play personal arrangements of these traditional tunes from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Nielsen: String Quartet No 4 in F major, Op.44

Nordic Folk Music Selection:

Faroese/Danish trad. arr. Danish String Quartet: 'Ye Honest Bridal Couple/Sonderho Bridal Trilogy'

Norwegian trad. arr. Danish String Quartet: 'Vigstmoin'

Swedish trad. arr. Danish String Quartet: 'Waltz after Lasse in Lyby'

Danish trad. arr. Danish String Quartet: Ribers No. 8 "Sterrands Rand"

Danish trad. arr. Danish String Quartet: 'Five Sheep, Four Goats'

Bosse Nordin arr. Danish String Quartet: 'Bosse Nordin's Schottis'

Danish String Quartet

Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen - violin

Frederik Øland - violin

Asbjørn Nørgaard - viola

Fredrik Sjölin - cello

Presenter - Kate Molleson.