I heard about this from presenters on BBC Radio 3, reviewing their favourite recordings of 2017, who all sang the praises of this quartet and their latest cd, Last Leaf. I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy it from the snippets that I heard on the radio, but decided to take a chance. I haven't regretted it at all. Although it's principally a string quartet the string instruments are augmented at several points by a harmonium, piano, glockenspiel and double bass, so that we never tire of the sound palette. The compositions are beautifully varied and the whole cd is paced so well that once you start listening it's difficult not to continue to the end. This is a group of classically trained musicians, and they bring to these traditional pieces, drawn from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Shetland and Faroe Islands, all of the finesse and sophistication of classically trained musicians, whilst at the same time letting the music dance and sing with a natural flow.
Another winning recording from this quartet who seem to do great things not only with Nielsen but also these lovely folk tunes. The second series of 'encore' pieces and this time even more imagination in the arrangements. And it's a special hit with me as it includes a folksong from Shetland where I live. Highly recommended.
Heard a snippet on Radio 3 which piqued my interest. A fascinating link in the N Atlantic fiddle music tradition. Very nearly Shetland fiddle at times, though not as fast, furious or rich. Sort of ‘fiddle lite’. If you love your fiddle music and want a variation then try it. Excellent car driving music, !