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Jens F. Laurson, October 2017

The folksiness of Scandinavian traditional music has all the associative ingratiating quality of the smell of pine cones, fresh straw and moonshine, but none of hog pen and swamp. By seizing these works from the Hardanger fiddle and re-creating them for string quartet, the Danish String Quartet manages to add sophistication to the ever-morphing, never static originals without neutering their vitality. You might think of it Crossover—symphonic, melancholic; classical spilling out from its usual confines, or Neo-Folk, or you might just think of it as damn fine music : entertaining firstly, incidentally sophisticated, and decidedly gripping. © 2017 Read complete review

Stephen J. Nereffid
Music is Good, January 2015

Top 15 ‘Old’ Classical of 2014: Stephen J. Nereffid

The Danish String Quartet offer their take on some of their favourite tunes from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the Faroe Islands; there’s even a few new compositions. Successfully combining two musical worlds, this is honest, affectionate music-making. © 2015 Music is Good

Tom Huizenga
National Public Radio, December 2014

Best Classical Albums Of 2014

…all played with such unmannered charm… © 2014 National Public Radio

Alexandra Coghlan
Gramophone, December 2014

In the talented hands of the Danish String Quartet these ‘Wood Works’…are buffed and polished to a glossy concert-hall sheen. © 2014 Gramophone

Tim Woodall
The Strad, November 2014

…this clearly lovingly crafted album is much more substantial than other string quartet side-projects. The four players have developed a reedy, crystal clear group sound for this repertoire that evokes the mournful timbre of Nordic string playing.

In both joie de vivre and melancholy moments, the quartet’s performances feel authentic…Highly recommended. © 2014 The Strad Read complete review

Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, November 2014

This is a fine disc, with precise and upbeat performances. The music is clearly from the folk idiom, and yet put into this more formal classical setting the works are full bodied and very listenable.

The 13 tracks are a cohesive program…[and] each piece is played with precision and emotion. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Alison Howard
CBC, October 2014

The young musicians of this ensemble…[are] bringing the past forward and reminding us of the treasure that is a simple and long-loved melody.

A simple little tune is now fleshed out and harmonized, giving it a rich resonance and substance. The best of both worlds have come together.

The members of the Danish String Quartet create music that works for the kitchen party or the concert hall. In either case, toes will be tapping. © 2014 CBC Read complete review

John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, October 2014

Arrangements of folk material, as well as of classical material in a folk style, are hardly a novelty, but they are done particularly well here. There is a considerable variety of treatment in the thirteen tracks…

…the quartet seek to give each item a very individual character using a variety of idioms but without resorting to a pastiche of classical styles. The result is a disc that can be played through with pleasure… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, September 2014

It’s a charming, relaxing and thoroughly satisfying CD. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review

Alexandra Coghlan
Sinfini Music, September 2014

Every now and then a disc creeps into your ears and stages a peaceful protest, politely but determinedly refusing to leave. The Danish String Quartet’s delicious new album Wood Works is one such—a quietly innovative and unexpected delight, whose charms only grow as the music unfolds track by track. © 2014 Sinfini Music Read complete review

Vivien Schweitzer
The New York Times, September 2014

The superb Danish String Quartet plays its own engaging arrangements of Nordic folk tunes… © 2014 The New York Times, August 2014

This is…a straightforward presentation of some very listenable but scarcely compelling music—everything is very well played, and the quartet members seem to be enjoying themselves… © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2014

Members of the Danish String Quartet have arranged for themselves some of the melodies and dances that have become part of life in the Nordic folk music scene. Within fourteen tracks they show just how music has passed between countries, the lovely Danish Peat Dance just as familiar as an Irish jig reel, while Ribers #8 is a lively Danish dance…As the disc progresses, they have mixed a wide variety of tempos and moods, the beauty of Ack Varmeland, du skona, coming as a very beautiful adaptation of a Swedish folk song…it is intended as pure enjoyment, the music falling easily on the ear, and as such I much commend it to you. The excellent ensemble certainly lavish much love and affection on each track… © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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