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Danish String Quartet, 27 août 2016 11:00, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Danish String quartet plays Beethoven and Mozart with Alec Frank-Gemmill.
Officially formed as recently as 2002, the Danish String Quartet has in fact been playing music together since childhood, and its four members – three Danes and one Norwegian – are as characterful in their music making as they are in their distinctive looks.
They’re disarmingly informal in their approach, but never at the expense of powerful performances. They perform Beethoven’s second ‘Razumovsky’ Quartet, one of his most heroic chamber works, alongside a brand new piece from acclaimed Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society, and a lyrical, Sibelius-inspired miniature by their compatriot Per Nørgård.
They are joined by the exceptional horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, principal at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a BBC New Generation Artist, for Mozart’s amiable but virtuosic Horn Quintet.