Friday, May 2, 2014

Nielsen: Violin Sonata No. 2 (Erling Bloch)

Erling Bloch
Some weeks ago, when I offered the Erling Bloch Quartet in Nielsen's Third Quartet, there was a request for this 1938 recording by Erling Bloch - I believe the only one he made of a Nielsen sonata - as it was bypassed in favor of Emil Telmányi's 1954 recording of the same work in Danacord's series of Nielsen reissues on CD.  I don't have that set, but I do have Danacord's LP set from 1984 called "Carl Nielsen: The Premier Chamber Recordings" - which does have this recording, as well as that of the Quartet, but the transfers are so inept that I was moved to seek out the 78s in the belief that I could do better!  So here's my go at the Sonata:

Nielsen: Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 35
Erling Bloch, violin; Lund Christiansen, piano
Recorded March 1 and May 20, 1938
HMV DB 5219 and DB 5220, two 78-rpm records
Link (FLAC files, 47.79 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 28.64 MB)

Both violinist and pianist were members of the Danish Quartet, as the labels proudly inform us, actually billing the ensemble before naming the players, even though only half of it participated:


  1. Bryan, Many,many thanks for granting my wish! Did you ever find anything
    about Krarup?

    Mike in Plovdiv

    1. You're very welcome, Mike - hope you enjoyed it. No, I never found out anything about Krarup.

  2. thank you for this and the string quartet. -cheers, alfred venison.

  3. A very interesting recording! Thanks, Bryan!

  4. Thank you, i like this music very :)