Frederik Øland, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Asbjørn Nørgaard, and Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin – known collectively as the Danish String Quartet – have described their ensemble with these words: “Yes, playing string quartets is our job, and yes it is hard work, but we mostly do it for pleasure, like we always did.” Sometimes, of course, they revel in quintets, too, as we will hear when they collaborate with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen on this edition of Impromptu.
Traditional Danish Folk Song, Anonymous
String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, by Beethoven
Scherzo from Piano Quintet in G Minor Op. 57, by Dmitri Shostakovich