Heise - String Quartets Vol.1
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Cat No: 8224734
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 7th July 2023
WorksString Quartet no.1 in B minor
String Quartet no.2 in G major
String Quartet no.3 in B flat major
ArtistsNordic String Quartet
Even though Peter Heise was one of Denmark’s most popular and beloved composers, his quartets succumbed to a quite exceptional oblivion. The obscurity has lasted until today, and this recording of the first three is a premiere: it is music that has hitherto been virtually unknown.
Peter Heise especially experienced success with his opera Drot og Marsk, arguably the best Danish opera of the 19th century, and his hundreds of very popular songs and romances.
After Heise’s death, they were packed away , probably by his widow to protect his high posthumous reputation. The First String Quartet found itself in a folder labelled ‘Heise’s hand-written music from old times, not to be printed, maybe better burned’.
Through the 1950s, the quartets began circulating and being performed again , but none of them embedded themselves into the repertoire in Denmark, which is quite strange, since there is certainly not an abundance of Danish quartets from the 19th century to compete with.
The String Quartets nos. 1 and 2 are refined, charming works with a humorous character , with elements reminiscent of Schubert, Mozart and Haydn.
No.3 significantly raises the level of ambition and moves away from the entertaining . It is written in a true Romantic fashion, reminiscent of Nordic folk music and Carl Nielsen’s unorthodox style.
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