Holmboe: String Quartet No. 2; String Quartet No. 5; String Quartet No. 6

COMPOSERS: Holmboe
LABELS: Dacapo
WORKS: String Quartet No. 2; String Quartet No. 5; String Quartet No. 6
PERFORMER: Kontra Quartet
CATALOGUE NO: 8.224026 DDD
Denmark’s senior composer, the 86-year-old Vagn Holmboe, has written no fewer than twenty string quartets, a body of finely crafted work that contributes significantly to the genre in this century. This release of Nos 2, 5 and 6, by the Danish state-funded label dacapo, spans a compositional period of 12 years, revealing an undiminished, impassioned, often desolate vision. These fully committed performances by the Kontra Quartet can be strongly recommended. Deborah Calland

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