Engegard quartet – folk arrangements
Thursday / Déardaoin
World renowned classical quartet play folk arrangements from Northern Norway arranged by Bjørn Andor Drage. The tunes may be celebrations of nature, dances, wedding marches, or prayers.
Bjørn Andor Drage (born 1 July 1959) is a Norwegian composer, musician, concert organist and music conservatory professor, originally from Saltdal, Nordland.
Formed under the midnight sun in Lofoten in 2005, the Engegård Quartet has rapidly become one of Norway’s most sought after ensembles. Their bold, fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire combined with a deep attachment to their Scandinavian roots has attracted international acclaim, and inspired some innovative partnerships and programming. The quartet’s debut CD was praised as ‘breath-taking’ in The Strad, while their second release won Pizzicato magazine’s ‘Supersonic Award’. Their CD of works by Grieg, Sibelius and Olav Anton Thommessen was praised by Tully Potter in Music Web International as ‘what Grieg lovers have been waiting for’. Recent CD releases include Mozart’s ‘Prussian Quartets’ and the complete string quartets of Schumann.