I must admit I'd never heard of Ludolf Nielsen before picking up this disc. I've always enjoyed discovering neglected music, so this pairing of two 20th century string quartets appealed to my nature. Since they date from 1904 and 1920 respectively, one might expect some influence from Schoenberg and maybe a hint of atonality. However, anyone who is familiar with the music of Carl Nielsen (no relation) and Rued Langgaard will know that Denmark during that period somehow managed to produce very distinctive musicians who could create lasting works of genius without losing the 'tunes'. Ludolf Nielsen similarly seems to have enjoyed writing string quartets that stick very closely to conventional form (each having 4 movements) and contain some very beautiful melodies. The soundworld is not unlike Richard Strauss in the 2nd quartet, whilst the 3rd quartet plumbs far greater depths of emotion, sounding at times in the slow movement not unlike the much later Shostakovich. This movement was written as an epitaph for Nielsen's parents who both died in the great influenza epidemic of that period. To sum up, then, a lovely disc for anyone who wants to stray a little off the beaten track and add to the collection of great Danish chamber music which I hope is already on your shelves!