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By David Denton
Born in 1932, Per Norgard has taken a place at the cutting edge of modernity in Denmark’s musical life, his catalogue presently containing 375 works. The quartets on this disc were written over the period 1993 to 2005 and if you are just coming to Norgard I would move straight to track 12. It is the one movement Tenth Quartet subtitled Harvest Timeless the name of a plant we also know as Meadow Safron. Here you will find a more lyrical quality and, within Norgard’s abstract sound world, a sense of beauty. This, and the Seventh Quartet, were dedicated to the young Kroger Quartet, a Danish-based group founded in 1999. They have worked extensively with Norgard, to the extent that the composer experimented with them while writing the Tenth Symphony. The result is four world premiere recordings from a most talented group of young musicians. The booklet would indicate that six days were taken to record the works, and you do get a sense of striving for perfection in an idealistic sound stage. For modernists this will be a ‘must have’ release.
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NORGARD, P.: String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, 9, 10