Copenhagen Young Strings. Morten Ryelund Sørensen, conductor.
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This all-Scandinavian program includes Carl Nielsen's Little Suite for Strings, Bohemian-Danish Folk Tune, and At the Bier of a Young Artist—a brief lament for Danish painter Oluf Hartmann. Also featured, Edvard Grieg's neoclassical 1885 Holberg Suite is a set of five movements scored for strings by the composer from his original composition for solo piano; it is accompanied here by his Two Elegiac Melodies.
"[The Copenhagen Young Strings'] athletic, spirited, and rhythmically incisive Holberg Suite is among my favorite versions of this oft-recorded work…. And their sprightly rendition of Nielsen's Little Suite is equally rewarding…. Young conductor [Morten Ryelund] Sørensen … leads a sensitive and moving performance. Like his colleagues in the string ensemble, he is clearly mature beyond his years. His tender reading of the Bohemian-Danish Folk Tune (1928) concludes a thoroughly enjoyable release."—Classical Net