Danish String Quartet - Prism Iii
Danish String Quartet
This is the third installment in the Danish String Quartet's ongoing Prism series, which shows how the spectra of Bach's fugues are refracted through Beethoven's quartets to shed new light on the work of later composers. "Beethoven had adopted a fundamentally linear mode of development from Bach," the Danes note, "resolving everything into myriads of different colors, directions and possibilities - much like a prism splits a beam of light." Here, the quartet follows the beam from Johann Sebastian Bach's Fugue in C-sharp minor from WTC I through Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131, to Béla Bartók's String Quartet No. 1.
"Seamlessly they also tie in with the spirit of the two previous albums with corresponding clarity of thought and articulation. And this intertwined interplay of complexly condensed constructivism and poetic idea is once again made vividly and sensually tangible by the quartet with an immensely full-bodied ensemble sound. This is how narrated music history must sound." (Rondo 2 / 2021)