Things are going well for The Danish String Quartet. At the same time as the quartet has been working as Ensemble-In-Residence for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in New York, it is also part of theBBC New Generation Programme in England. Now the quartet is striking out on new paths with the release of a CD that is far from the repertoire you would expect in the classical concert series.
In recent years The Danish String Quartet has increasingly been introducing their audiences to their special interest in traditional Scandinavian folk music: at first as encores after classical concerts – but gradually also in whole concerts of folk music. The quartet’s video recording of a bridal piece from Sønderho has reached a huge audience on YouTube with more than 40,000 hits.
Began as crowd-funding
To kick off the process of recording the popular folk tunes The Danish String Quartet appealed to their fans for so-called crowd- funding, and in this way they have covered the costs of the production, which has been recorded by Sebastian Eskildsen from the Royal Danish Theatre. At the same time the quartet have chosen to have the new CD released on Dacapo Records, who also released the quartet’s debut album with music by Carl Nielsen.
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violinist in The Danish String Quartet and recent recipient of the Crown Prince and Princess’s Stardust Prize, explains about the choice of the recording label: “The main reason we chose Dacapo is the Danish roots that match the repertoire on the CD, while the territories we will be touring most frequently in the years ahead – the USA and England – are in fact among Dacapo’s core markets. This plays together well with the publicity and attention we get through the touring programmes.”
Henrik Rørdam, President of Dacapo Records, says: “We have long hoped that this agreement with The Danish String Quartet would come to fruition. The two Carl Nielsen recordings we have with the quartet are among our strongest releases, and have already been reissued several times. Although the new CD will be the first all-folk-music release in our catalogue, it’s a fine follow-up from Carl Nielsen, who himself had strong roots in folk music.”
Wood Works will be released in September worldwide and digitally.