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Danish Day with the Danish String Quartet

The Opera in Copenhagen by Henning Larsen Architects

The Opera in Copenhagen by Henning Larsen Architects




About the Danish String Quartet

“We are three Danes and one Norwegian cellist, making this a truly Scandinavian endeavor. We are often joking about ourselves being modern Vikings – perhaps a touch more harmless than our ancestors – we are not pillaging cities or razing the English coastline! We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard.


The Danish String Quartet

On Thursday, October 9 at 4:00 pm, WFMT welcomes the Danish String Quartet, four friends who have been playing soccer and string quartets together since they were young boys. They are currently in residence with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two, and are in Chicago to give a concert at the University of Chicago on Friday evening. Their CD titled Wood Works, an album of Nordic folk tunes arranged for string quartet, was chosen by Lisa Flynn for a feature on WFMT’s The New Releases.

In honor of the Quartet’s visit, WFMT will feature Danish artists and composers throughout the day on Thursday.


Midday with Lisa Flynn

10:00 am hour
Traditional Danish Folk Songs:
Five Sheep
Four Goats
Sonderho Bridal Trilogy, part 2
Danish String Quartet, Dacapo 8.226081.

Nielsen: Maskarade Suite
Swedish Radio Sym/Esa-Pekka Salonen, CBS MK-44547

Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen was the seventh of twelve children. His mother liked to sing folk songs. His father, a house painter, was an amateur trumpet and violin player.

“The ninth of June 1865 was a hard day for my mother, but also a happy one. My parents lived in a little cottage in the middle of a field in Nørre-Lyndelse on Funen. The nearest community is called Sortelung. My mother was alone at home with some of her younger children when she felt the first birth pangs. It was very painful, and she went outside, put her arms around a tree and banged her head against its trunk. This is why I think she must have felt very happy and relieved when at last I made my entry into this world.”

—Carl Nielsen

DanishComposers11:00 am hour
Riisager: Primavera Overture, Op 31
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra/Bo Holten, Dacapo 8.226147

Norgard Winter Hymn (sung in English)
Estonian Phil Chamber Choir/Paul Hillier, Harmonia Mundi HMU-907331

Knudåge Riisager

Knudåge Riisager was a student of Albert Roussel in Paris,and became a prolific composer of ballet music.

Egeskov Castle, Denmark

Egeskov Castle, Denmark

12:00 pm hour
Gade: Overture, Echoes of Ossian, Op 1
Danish National Radio Sym/Dmitri Kitayenko, Chandos CHAN-9075


DanishComposersLumbye: Queen Louise Waltz; The Copenhagen Steam Railway Gallop
Danish National Radio Sym/Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Chandos CHAN-9209

Afternoons with Kerry Frumkin

1:00 pm hour
Nielsen: Symphony #4, Op 29, The Inextinguishable
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis, Virgin Classics 91210-2

Niels Gade

Niels Gade began his career as a violinist in the Royal Danish Orchestra, though his reputation as a composer spread quickly. Mendelssohn conducted his First Symphony with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig.



Copenhagen Concert Hall opened in January 2009. The architect was Jean Nouvel.

2:00 pm hour
Buxtehude: Sonata in C, Op 1/5
Trio Settecento, Cedille CDR-90000114

Bach: Toccata and Fugue in d, BWV 565
Hannes Kästner, o (Thomaskirche, Leipzig), Capriccio 10035

Nielsen: Little Suite for Strings, Op 1
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Iona Brown, Virgin Classics 45224-2


Dietrich Buxtehude

Dietrich Buxtehude was an organist and composer, pre-dating J.S. Bach by around 50 years. His birth year and nationality are in dispute. Some say he was Danish, others that he was German; this is due in part to disputes over the territory in which he was raised. His year of birth is around 1637/9. His birth name was Diderik, but he took the German version of Dietrich later in life while working as an organist in Germany.



Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, home of the Royal Danish Ballet

3:00 pm hour
Holmboe: Recorder Concerto, Op 122
Michala Petri, r; English Chamber Orchestra/Okko Kamu, RCA 62543-2

Wagner Tannhäuser: “Wie Todesahnung…O du mein holder Abendstern”
Bo Skovhus, br; English National Opera Orchestra/James Conlon, Sony SK-60035

4:00 pm hour
Impromptu: Live from Levin Studio, the Danish String Quartet

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