Danish String Quartet opens UC Presents season with intense premiere


By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Danish String Quartet made a largely impressive Chicago debut with a nicely balanced program to open the University of Chicago Presents series Friday night at Mandel Hall.

The young chamber ensemble possesses a light, silvery sonority, one that proved eminently well suited to the opener, Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, no. 5. The themes are superficially buoyant in this work, yet there is a prevailing sobriety of expression as the music is continually pulled into the minor.