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Kontra Quartet

The Kontra-quartet is today Denmark's leading and most active string quartet with a vast repertoire of both classic and contemporary music. Of the later classics it is only natural that Bartok's singularly difficult quartets have appealed to the four players (the quartet's primo, Anton Kontra, was born in Hungary), but the recording of the Carl Nielsen string quartets is no doubt the ensemble's greatest success to date.

It is, however, the many first-performances of Danish contemporary music that contribute to making the Kontra-quartet something quite special in Danish musical life: the group has become no less than an expert-ensemble on contemporary Danish music, and has recorded works of Erling Brene, Ole Buck, Lars Heegård, Erik Højsgaard, Steen Pade, and Carl Nielsen's contemporary Rued Langgaard. The Kontra-quartet was founded in 1973.

The four players are:
1st violin
Anton Kontra, born in Hungary 1932
instrument: Antonius Stradivarius 1732.
2nd violin
Boris Samsing, born 1943
instrument: Carlo Fernando Landolfi, 1785.
Peter Fabricius, born 1943
Instrument: Jean Baptiste Ceruti, 1832.
Morten Zeuthen, born 1951
Instrument: Francesco Ruggeri, 1680.

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Ensemble 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ABRAHAMSEN / RUDERS: String Quartets Dacapo
DCCD 9006
Chamber Music
GADE: Chamber Music BIS
Chamber Music
GADE: String Quartets BIS
Chamber Music
GRIEG: Complete Music for String Quartet BIS
Chamber Music
GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: For Cello and Orchestra / Concerto Grosso / Frere Jacques Dacapo
HEISE: Chamber Music Dacapo
DCCD 9113
Chamber Music
HOLMBOE, V.: Key Masterpieces (The) - Requiem for Nietzsche / String Quartet No. 4 / Chamber Concerto No. 2 Dacapo
Chamber Music
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets (Complete) (Kontra Quartet) Dacapo
Chamber Music
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 4 (Kontra Quartet) Dacapo
DCCD 9203
Chamber Music
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 10, 11, and 12 (Kontra Quartet) Dacapo
Chamber Music
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 (Kontra Quartet) Dacapo
Chamber Music
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 16 and 18 / Svaerm (Kontra Quartet) Dacapo
Chamber Music
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 17, 19 and 20 Dacapo
Chamber Music
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 2, 5, and 6 Dacapo
Chamber Music
HOLMBOE, V.: String Quartets Nos. 7, 8 and 9 (Kontra Quartet) Dacapo
Chamber Music
JORGENSEN: Confrontations Dacapo
Chamber Music
KODALY: String Quartets No. 1 and 2 / Gavotte BIS
Chamber Music
LANGGAARD: String Quartets Dacapo
DCCD 9302a-2b
Chamber Music
NIELSEN: 4 String Quartets / String Quintet BIS
Chamber Music
SAVERY: String Quartet No. 2 / Trio / Synergie / Variations for Clarinet and String Quartet Dacapo
Chamber Music
SCHMIDT, O.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 Dacapo
Chamber Music
SCHMIDT, O.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 Dacapo
Chamber Music
SVENDSEN: String Quartet in A Minor BIS
Chamber Music
TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3 BIS
Chamber Music

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