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Last Leaf

Danish String Quartet

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This recording by the Danish String Quartet of Nordic folk music from as far south as the Shetland Islands has a lot going for it. One is the usual exemplary sound from ECM, for one thing, captured at a Danish museum that's a fine stand-in for an interior space where folk music would reside. For another, there's a feel for the smaller details of the various instrumental traditions on the part of the musicians, some of whom have played in folk bands themselves: violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin contribute convincing original tunes themselves, and Sørensen changes the texture up with harmonium and glockenspiel effectively. The program is intelligently put together, with a little medley of joined traditional (or traditional-style) tunes giving way to more elaborate arrangements, all by the quartet members themselves. Sample one of the more contrapuntal pieces, like Drømte mig en drøm. And ECM makes room within its usual set of arty, black-and-white photographs for a highly engaging set of notes about the tunes. The one thing that remains murky is why this music should be played by a string quartet, a medium that hardly fits it musically or historically. The players offer this: "Is it meaningful to explore what happens, when the 'function' of a melody is tweaked? Can a funeral chorale be used to celebrate Christmas? Can a rustic folk dance conjure up feelings of melancholy and contemplation? Is a traditional Norse boat song supposed to be sung by the men at oars or the women at home? And what happens when a classical string quartet travels yet again through the world of Nordic folk music?" The logical thread is not quite clear, but there's much to enjoy on the album.
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1
Traditional: Despair Not, O Heart (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:01:21

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

2
Sjølin: Shore
00:02:50

Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Composer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

3
Traditional: Polska From Dorotea (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:03:03

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

4
Haugen: Tjønneblomen (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:03:51

Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gjermund Haugen, Composer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

5
Traditional: Minuet No. 60 (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:02:39

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

6
Traditional: Æ Rømeser (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:04:02

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

7
Sjølin: Intermezzo
00:01:23

Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Composer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

8
Sorensen: Shine You No More
00:03:38

Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Composer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

9
Traditional: Drømte mig en drøm (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:03:45

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

10
Traditional: Stædelil (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:02:44

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

11
Sjølin: Naja's Waltz
00:03:19

Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Composer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

12
Traditional: Unst Boat Song (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:04:47

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

13
Sæhter: Fastän (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:02:42

Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Eva Sæhter, Composer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

14
Traditional: Hur var du i aftes så sildig (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:02:00

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

15
Traditional: The Dromer (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:03:01

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

16
Traditional: Now Found Is The Fairest Of Roses (Arr. For String Quartet)
00:03:01

Traditional, Composer - Markus Heiland, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Danish String Quartet, Producer, Strings, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frederik Øland, Arranger, Violin, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Asbjørn Nørgaard, Arranger, Viola, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Sjølin, Arranger, Cello, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH

Album Description

This recording by the Danish String Quartet of Nordic folk music from as far south as the Shetland Islands has a lot going for it. One is the usual exemplary sound from ECM, for one thing, captured at a Danish museum that's a fine stand-in for an interior space where folk music would reside. For another, there's a feel for the smaller details of the various instrumental traditions on the part of the musicians, some of whom have played in folk bands themselves: violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin contribute convincing original tunes themselves, and Sørensen changes the texture up with harmonium and glockenspiel effectively. The program is intelligently put together, with a little medley of joined traditional (or traditional-style) tunes giving way to more elaborate arrangements, all by the quartet members themselves. Sample one of the more contrapuntal pieces, like Drømte mig en drøm. And ECM makes room within its usual set of arty, black-and-white photographs for a highly engaging set of notes about the tunes. The one thing that remains murky is why this music should be played by a string quartet, a medium that hardly fits it musically or historically. The players offer this: "Is it meaningful to explore what happens, when the 'function' of a melody is tweaked? Can a funeral chorale be used to celebrate Christmas? Can a rustic folk dance conjure up feelings of melancholy and contemplation? Is a traditional Norse boat song supposed to be sung by the men at oars or the women at home? And what happens when a classical string quartet travels yet again through the world of Nordic folk music?" The logical thread is not quite clear, but there's much to enjoy on the album.
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