The San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
February 9, 2019

The game was afoot Friday evening at The Auditorium at TSRI as the Danish String Quartet superbly played a thoughtful concert whose first half examined the classical music tradition of hunting music and whose second explored a quartet by their fellow countryman, Carl Nielsen.

Nielsen’s “String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Opus 13” was written before he became the Carl Nielsen we think of today. It’s a late Romantic work whose rustic scherzo gives us a taste of the later Nielsen. The Danish String Quartet performed it with passion, humor and force.

Thank the La Jolla Music Society for bringing them to San Diego for a three-year residency. Their uncanny unity of ensemble and tone, matched to an intellectually stimulating and musically compelling programmatic sensibility, has made them one of the premier string quartets of their generation.