The Danish String Quartet’s love of traditional Scandinavian folk music is becoming as well known as the quartet’s masterly approach to the classical repertoire. Now the renowned ensemble, at present house quartet at both New York's Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and BBC Radio 3, is releasing the album “Wood Works”, present their favourite melodies from Nordic folk music – including the 400 years old bridal music from the island of Fanø that has spread far and wide as a video with over 50,000 plays on YouTube and Vimeo.
The disc starts and ends in a pensive, even melancholy, mood but in between there is a mixture of lively and more atmospheric pieces...The disc offers short playing time but the quality is such that it would be churlish to complain. The answer to the Quartet’s question “Does it work?” is certainly yes, and I hope that they will continue to mine this vein in future discs. MusicWeb