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Danish String Quartet Last Leaf Ecm New Series

DANISH STRING QUARTET
Last Leaf


Despair not, o heart (15th century hymn, Witt enberg/Germany)
Shore (Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin)
Polska From Dorotea (Swedish Traditional)
Tjønneblomen (Gjermund Haugen)
Minuet no. 60 (Danish traditional)
Æ Romeser (Danish traditional)
Intermezzo (Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin)
Shine you no more (Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen)
Stædelil (Traditi onal from Faroe Islands)
Drømte mig en drøm (Danish traditional)
Naja’s Waltz (Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin)
Unst Boat Song (Traditional from the Shetland Islands)
Fastän (Eva Sæhter)
Hur var du i aft es så sildig (Danish traditional)
The Dromer (Danish traditional)
Now Found Is The Fairest Of Roses (traditional)

Danish String Quartet - Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violin, harmonium, piano, glockenspiel); Frederik Øland (violin); Asbjørn Nørgaard
(viola); Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (violoncello, double bass )

The Danish String Quartet is widely recognised as the most exciting young string quartet of the present moment, bringing new insights to
contemporary compositi on and core classical repertoire.

In parallel, they have also made surprising and impressive forays into the world of Nordic folk music. Their 2014 album Wood Works (Dacapo Records) was a left -field hit, and audiences around the world have been delighted by concert performances of the music. Now the Danish String Quartet bring their folk project to ECM with a sti rring new recording. Fastan takes off from an unusual Christmas hymn, “Now found is the fairest of roses”, published in 1732 by Danish theologian and poet H.A. Brorson. The hymn is set to a mysterious, dark melody: Brorson had chosen an old Lutheran funeral choral to accompany his Christmas hymn, elegantly showing how life and death are always connected.

“From here we embark on a travel through the rich fauna of Nordic folk melodies until returning to Brorson in the end,” say the DSQ. “It is a journey that could have been made in many diff erent ways, but we believe that we returned with some nice souvenirs. In these old melodies, we fi nd immense beauty and depth, and we can’t help but sing them through the medium of our string quartet. Brorson found the fairest of roses, we found a bunch of amazing tunes - and we hope you will enjoy what we did to them.”

ECM New Series 4815746



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