San Diego Story
Ken Herman
February 9, 2019

Following their established pattern of visiting San Diego, the Danish String Quartet was overdue. But the sizzling concert by this accomplished young ensemble on Friday, February 8, in the Auditorium at TSRI, certainly made up for lost time.

UC San Diego’s ArtPower brought the quartet to the Conad Prebys Concert Hall in 2014, and two years later the La Jolla Music Society opened its 2016 SummerFest with the Danish String Quartet. Although 2018 rolled around without the Danes, considering their current three-day residency for the La Jolla Music Society, all is forgiven.

I missed their informal performance Thursday at a gallery in Barrio Logan, but Friday’s program delivered an embarrassment of riches: after their electric accounts of two familiar “hunt” quartets—Haydn’s Op. 1, No. 1, “La Chasse,” and Mozart’s B-flat major. K. 458 “The Hunt”—they launched into Jörg Widmann’s audacious 2005 “Hunting Quartet” followed by Carl Nielsen’s rarely heard First String Quartet in G Minor from 1888. And they returned Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Auditorium at TSRI for a program of folk music from Nordic sources.