Monday, May 28, 2018

Holmboe Quartets (Copenhagen String Quartet)

The Copenhagen String Quartet (Tutter Givskov and Mogens Lydolph, violins; Mogens Bruun, viola; Asger Lund Christiansen, cello) gave the first performances of most of Vagn Holmboe's string quartets from No. 7 on (there were twenty in all). For the Danish Fona label, the group recorded the first ten of these, on five LPs. I have three of them:

Holmboe: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 4
The Copenhagen String Quartet
Fona TF 109, one stereo LP record
Link (FLAC files, 215.70 MB)
Link MP3 files, 80.19 MB)

Holmboe: String Quartets Nos. 2 and 6
The Copenhagen String Quartet
Fona TF 111, one stereo LP record
Link (FLAC files, 214.24 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 77.67 MB)

Holmboe: String Quartets Nos. 9 and 10
The Copenhagen String Quartet
Fona TF 133, one stereo LP record
Link (FLAC files, 227.53 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 81.92 MB)

The first of these LPs is a 1970 reissue of a recording originally made in 1963; the other two are 1973 issues. The liner notes, included with the downloads, are all in Danish, so if anyone conversant with that language cares to translate, the rest of us would be much obliged! It should be noted that the cellist in this ensemble, Asger Lund Christiansen, had also played in the Erling Bloch Quartet, who made the first recording of any of Holmboe's quartets, in 1951.

10 comments:

  1. Alternate links:

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/yu3hy23tegvvtkj/Copenhagen_SQ_-_Holmboe_1%252C_4_FLACs.zip/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/s47sik5r25z4149/Copenhagen_SQ_-_Holmboe_1%252C_4_MP3s.zip/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/d78ul7a4i2fmpna/Copenhagen_SQ_-_Holmboe_2%252C_6_FLACs.zip/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/x9i23303mpomw7q/Copenhagen_SQ_-_Holmboe_2%252C_6_MP3s.zip/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/q6fxd0mhtoo77r3/Copenhagen_SQ_-_Holmboe_9%252C_10_FLACs.zip/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/tb8776nd1yqw1y7/Copenhagen_SQ_-_Holmboe_9%252C_10_MP3s.zip/file

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  2. Hi Bryan - Happy to see that you are back and posting! Thanks for these unusual recordings.

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    1. Thanks, Buster - not back for long, I'm afraid. I'm having to move out of the house I've occupied a basement in for 12 years. Some 5,000 records will have to go. Perhaps soon I'll do a post with more details, meanwhile, enjoy the music.

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    2. Sorry to hear that. Best of luck to you!

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    3. Yes, very sorry indeed - wish we could help! Many thanks for these, as ever, and very best wishes for the move, which I know will not be easy... Nick

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  3. Many thanks for these treasures. Rare recordings indeed !

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  4. I'm sorry to hear that Bryan. Best wishes for you!

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  5. Thank you for all the hard work you have been doing over the years in trying to preserve this amazing music. I hope things turn out well for you on a personal level.

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  6. Man there's got to be another way. I did the same thing many years ago and it doesn't end well! Thanks for these qrts. Amazing, and I've been pretty much ignoring his music for 40 years.

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  7. WHENS THE NEXT POST PROBABLY AUGUST

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