Ades, Norgard & Abrahamsen

Adès, Nørgård & Abrahamsen string quartets

Ades, Norgard & Abrahamsen

Adès Arcadiana
Nørgård Quartetto Breve
Abrahamsen 10 Preludes

Danish String Quartet
ECM 481 2385

Reviewed August 2016

We seem to be knee-deep in fine young string quartets these days, but the Danish String Quartet emerges from the pack thanks to characterful playing and intelligent, adventurous programming. From the rippling delicacy of Adès’s Arcadiana to the more muscular early Abrahamsen to Nørgard’s short stories, it’s an intensely immersive experience in fascinating and rewarding sound worlds.

Audio clip: Adès 'O Albion' from Arcadiana