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  • Performer: Vertavo String Quartet
  • Composer: Carl August Nielsen
  • Audio CD (April 23, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Simax Classics
  • ASIN: B000FS9L6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 5
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 13

Vertavo String Quartet

Elise Batnes, violin
Berit Vaernes, violin
Henninge Batnes, viola
Bjorg Vaernes, cello

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on December 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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Strange things happen to simple basic numbers when they come in contact with Nielsen's quartets. This fine set brings us, in the following sequence, quartet #2 op5 and quartet #1 op13. How this opus-numbering comes about is something you can find out from the liner note, although that itself is no light undertaking. Why this sequence of presentation is as it is can probably be inferred too, but the way I have chosen to trace Nielsen's development as a writer of quartets is to follow the order of their original inspiration, so I play tracks 5-8 before tracks 1-4. This puts me in the right frame of mind for proceeding to the two later quartets, numbered #3 and #4 unambiguously and presented in that order but issued as `vol 1' of another 2-volume set. It all pushes to the back of my mind the thought that this was not even the performance I ordered in the first place, but I don't regret that because this one is a real discovery and I welcome the chance to give it its first review notice here.

The performers are four young women. They are new artists to me and the liner tells us a little about them. The Norwegian recording is from as long ago as 1995 apparently, but the sound quality is well up to 3rd millennium standard. The tone the players produce is rich and sonorous, well suited to these earlier quartets which are more romantic in idiom than their two later counterparts. The players' technique is unerring, and the Nielsen they offer me is Nielsen as basically I know him - original but curiously impersonal if that does not sound like a contradiction in terms.
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