Engegård Quartet – New CD of Nordic Music

This recording launches a new phase in the life of the Engegård Quartet, both in terms of programming a themed recording, this time with a pure Nordic programme, and with a new record label, BIS.  The Engegård Quartet's latest CD includes two of the Nordic string quartets that have received the greatest international attention, and [...]

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Schubert – Rosamunde Quartet, Maja Ratkje – Tale of Lead and Light – Britten – Quartet No.2 – Haydn – Op.76,No.3

Perhaps the greatest single characteristic of Franz Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet (1823) is the elusive, longing and perhaps even tragically unconsummated atmosphere that pervades the entire work. Only in the Andante are we really allowed to relax in its peaceful serenity. The ambiguity in the title of Maja Ratkje's Tale of Lead and Light (2011) reflects [...]

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Haydn Opus 77/1, Nordheim Duplex and Bartok’s Fifth Quartet

Haydn Opus 77/1, Nordheim Duplex and Bartok’s Fifth Quartet

The combination of Haydn Opus 77/1, Nordheim's Duplex and Bartók's Fifth String Quartet, was an irresistible challenge for us. A choice of programme from our hearts. We aim for our recordings to be like our concerts, with balance throughout the programme and a feeling of having fulfilled a journey at the end. It is also [...]

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Haydn Opus 76/5, Solberg, Grieg G minor

Haydn Opus 76/5, Solberg, Grieg G minor

The Engegård Quartet made their first appearance at the 2006 Lofoten International Music Festival. Inspired by the midnight sun, their musical landscape ranges from glowing core energy to the gentle lyrical sound of Norwegian nature. Edvard Grieg and Leif Solberg are natural choices for this Scandinavian quartet, complimented by the music of Joseph Haydn reflected [...]

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CATHARINUS ELLING

CATHARINUS ELLING

The quartets of Catharinus Elling (1858-1942) are written in a full-bodied German romantic idiom. When performed by the Engegård Quartet, sparks are flying. Grieg was the key to Elling’s career. Thanks to a letter of recommendation from him, Elling travelled to Berlin in 1886 to audition for Herzogenberg’s masterclass at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.

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