Hank Dutt, viola
David Harrington, violin
Paul Hillier, conductor
Kronos Quartet
John Sherba, violin
Jeffrey Zeigler, cello
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
October 2008
DACAPO

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Kronos plays Holmgreen

About the Album – DACAPO

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932) is one of the leading Scandinavian composers, an outstanding and insistent voice from the generation born in the inter-war years. This CD is the culmination of the composer’s unique collaboration with the world-famous American Kronos Quartet, which has been commissioning specially tailored works from the Danish composer for over 20 years.

Tracklisting

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

1. Concerto Grosso For string quartet and symphonic ensemble(1990/2006) 29:45

Moving Still, “H.C. Andersen 200” – for baritone and string quartet (2004)
2. I. Moving (Europe Seen in a Week) 12:25
3. II. Still (In Denmark I Was Born) 14:39

4. Last Ground, For string quartet and ocean(2006) 10:10

Reviews
“Fearless performances are in evidence throughout” – International Record Review
“I don’t think I’ve heard the Kronos Quartet sounding better than this.” – American Record Guide

“The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard deliver some of the most unique and hilariously raucous new music we heard all year.” – Time Out Chicago – Best Classical Recordings of 2008)

“Denne cd er en gave til lyttende mennesker – og et klart bevis på, at der går et geni rundt iblandt os her i Danmark. Han hedder Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, hvis værk emmer af en nysgerrig, legende tilgang til verden.(Kristeligt Dagblad) Over hele pladen svæver en æstetik fra den politiske rocks barndom. Resultatet er nogle af de sjoveste, sælsomste og mest udfordrende stemninger i nyere dansk pladehistorie. Hør den endelig.” – Berlingske Tidende *****

“Jeg skal ikke forsøge at lægge en dæmper på mine ørers glæde ved Dacapos nye rent gud(mundsen)dommelige udgivelse med den gnistrende Kronos Kvartet i centrum. Se at få stukket ørerne langt ned i den cd i en fart.” Politiken *****

“Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen står for en af efterårets sande begivenheder på det danske plademarked. Takket være Kronos Kvartettens fabelagtige håndtering af hans særegne musikalske univers.” – Information