Review: Fire Ritual Recording in The Strad

The Strad Issue: June 2019 Description: ‘World music’ violin concertos receive fiery, thrilling performances Theatrical, charismatic and intricately detailed, these two violin concertos by Tan Dun are the perfect showcase for his sensuous sound world. As a teenager Tan became the conductor of a travelling Peking Opera troupe: echoes of its colourful style are never far from his [...]

Review: Dvořák&Suk Recording in Süddeutsche (DE)

"...mit der 28 Jahre alten Eldbjørg Hemsing begeistert nun wieder eine junge Geigerin aus Norwegen. Hemsing ist nicht nur eine feinsinnige und kluge Interpretin, sie entlockt ihrer Guadagnini auch einen sehr persönlichen, unverwechselbaren Geigenton. Zart, intim und filigran wirkt er im Kern, dabei aber selbst im gehauchten Piano noch sinnlich und klangvoll." Julia Spinola | [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN DEUTSCHLANDFUNK

Norwegian Discovery - Hemsing plays Borgström Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing shows courage. On her debut recording she performs a violin concerto of Hjalmar Borgström, which is almost not known, and one of Shostakovich, on which famous colleagues have overstretched themselves. But Eldbjørg Hemsing already in her first attempt succeeds with grandiosity. Christoph Vratz | Deutschlandfunk [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN KLASSIK HEUTE

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"9/10 Stars - Eldbjørg Hemsing succeeds with a convincing debut which makes curious for further releases of this young artist." Norbert Florian Schuck | Klassik Heute | 18th May 2018 Es ist immer wieder erfreulich, wenn junge Interpreten ihr CD-Debüt dazu nutzen, Werke zu präsentieren, die man nicht alle Tage zu hören bekommt. So hat [...]

DEBUT ALBUM ENTERING GERMAN TOP 20 CHARTS

Borgström violin concerto and Shostakovich violin concerto no. 1 With her solo debut recording Eldbjørg Hemsing entered the Top 20 of the German Classic Charts of May 2018, representing the timeframe from April 13 until May 10, 2018. The album which has been released as high-resolution (SA)CD on the acclaimed Swedish label BIS is featuring [...]

ELDBJØRG HEMSING IN PRESTO CLASSICAL

Eldbjørg Hemsing on Borgström's Violin Concerto Katherine Cooper | Presto Classical | 14th May 2018 For her debut solo recording (out now on BIS), the Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing pairs Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with a very different (and far less familiar) work: the lush 1914 Violin Concerto by composer and music-journalist Hjalmar Borgstrøm, [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN THE STRAD

"…Eldbjørg Hemsing […] makes a good start with this powerful performance. A gorgeous, open-hearted piece, full of flowing lyricism, to which she brings warm and beautiful playing… Hemsing weaves steadily and unfussily, but with increasing emotional intensity. The finale scuttles along brilliantly." Tim Homfray | The Strad | 9th May 2018 The Norwegian composer Hjalmar [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN PIZZICATO

"PIZZICATO SUPERSONIC AWARD: An excellent interpretation of Shostakovich’s first Violin Concerto is paired with the almost unknown, yet interesting concerto written by Norwegian composer Hjalmar Borgström, which equally experiences a more than adequate performance." Uwe Krusch | Pizzicato | 7th May 2018 Eröffnet wird diese CD mit dem Violinkonzert von Hjalmar Bjorgström. Wie so viele [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN DEN KLASSISKE CD-BLOGGEN

Rating 6/6 Stars: "Eldbjørg Hemsing's wide spectrum of sound and delicate virtuosity fits this concerto very well. She shows a technique and a virtuosity that is admirable. This recording can in many ways be regarded as Hemsing's masterpiece - and she has passed this exam with flying colors." Trond Erikson | Den Klassiske CD-Bloggen | [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN RESMUSICA

"…an outstanding artist with a warm tone, accurate and precise playing… Eldbjørg Hemsing gives the second movement, the Scherzo, a bewitching and hypnotic interpretation, unforgettable. The other three movements, in the pure style of the Russian musician, place this perfectly controlled version at the level of the greatest recordings. The Vienna Symphony, conducted by the [...]

DEBUT CD PRESENTED IN MDR KULTUR

Debut CD of Eldbjørg Hemsing presented by MDR Kultur On April 30, 2018 the debut CD of Eldbjørg Hemsing has been presented at MDR KULTUR SPEZIAL MUSIK by Isabel Roth, Heidi Reichenberg and Oliver Schwesig, featuring an excerpt of Eldbjørg's recording of the third movement of the Hjalmar Borgström Violin Concerto G Major. op. 25. [...]

ELDBJØRG HEMSING INTERVIEW IN THE ARTS DESK

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Violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing: 'in the moments when magic happens, you think, that's why we do this' On a Norwegian rediscovery, communication and twentysomething enterprise by David Nice | theartsdesk.com | 28 April 2018 In a classical recording industry seemingly obsessed with marketing beautiful young female violinists, but very often presenting them in repertoire to which [...]

ELDBJØRG HEMSING DEBUT CD REVIEW IN THE ARTS DESK

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Classical CDs Weekly: Borgström "Wonderfully played […], Eldbjørg Hemsing’s dynamism and rich, warm tone exactly what the concerto needs. She's really impressive." Graham Rickson | theartsdesk.com | 28 April 2018 Hjalmar Borgström sounds like the name of a BBC Four gumshoe, a melancholy detective solving crimes in downtown Tromsø. He was actually a Norwegian composer [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN RHEINISCHE POST

Musik aus tiefster Geigerseele "The wonderful Violin Concerto in G major op. 14 from 1914 is a real hit, and you can be thankful to the Swedish label BIS for letting the work now appear at its best. The solo part is played by the fabulous young Norwegian Eldbjørg Hemsing: she impresses with a brilliant [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN RONDO

"…with her supreme violinistic ease, sprightly personality and wonderfully clear and pure lyrical tone (2nd movement), the violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing transforms this repertoire rarity into a worthwhile rediscovery or new discovery. Hemsing’s mastery of the entire Shostakovich spectrum, from gloomy bitterness to grotesquely-virtuosic agility, is then demonstrated in her collaboration with the highly committed Wiener [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN CRESCENDO

Eldbjørg Hemsing: Der verschollene Norweger "…jointly with Wiener Symphoniker and Conductor Olari Elts, Eldbjørg Hemsing presents an interpretation which is convincing, rich of colors and personal. With consistently brilliant sound and flexible expression, Eldbjørg Hemsing makes this album absolutely worth listening to." Crescendo | Sina Kleinedler | 20 February 2018 Zwei Entdeckungen auf einem Album: [...]

DEBUT CD REVIEW IN KLASSISKMUSIK

RATING: 6/6 STARS ★★★★★ "… a fabulous discovery … [Hemsing] offers a star performance, technically steady as a mountain goat, bold and assertive where required and sweetly filled like spun sugar in the slow movement… the interpretation of Shostakovich's first violin concerto is more than superb… this recording is strongly recommended.​"​ Klassiskmusik | Martin Anderson [...]

MUSIKKULTUR – ELDBJØRGS ÆRA

Eldbjørg Hemsing står foran sitt store, internasjonale gjennombrudd. Med seg på reisen har hun en norsk fiolinkonsert som har vært glemt i hundre år. Publisert 05.02.2018 | Ingvild Amdal Myklebust Hovedscenen på Nationaltheatret i Oslo har aldri vært større enn den maidagen i 1996. På klakkende bunadsko inntar hun flomlyset sammen med storesøster Ragnhild på [...]

FORTE FEATURE FILM WITH ELDBJØRG HEMSING

"Forte" is the new feature film from David Donnelly("Maestro") on three strong, utmost remarkable and ouststanding women who are achieving unlikely success in classical music: Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, Argentinian composer and conductor Lucía Caruso and Russian-born violinist Tatiana Berman from the United States. Story: Forte is the international story of three women who are [...]

ELDBJØRG HEMSING ON NRK KLASSISK

Eldbjørg Hemsing on NRK Klassisk: "My Favorite Music" Eldbjørg Hemsing in "My Favorite Music" on Norwegian governmental broadcasting station NRK takes us from traditional music in Valdres through classics like Bach and Beethoven up to the collaboration with Chinese composer and Academy Award winner Tan Dun and to a new release of the Violin Concertos [...]

ELDBJØRG HEMSING IN KLASSISK MAGAZINE

Nordiske Violinkoncerter Skandinaviske violinister graver i disse år i egen baghave og finder alternativer til de kendte violinkoncerter af Tjajkovskij og Mendelssohn. På den måde er noele romantiske violinkoncerter dukket op i både Denmark, Norge og Sverige, der ikke er til at sta for. En overraskelse er også violinkoncerten af nordmanden Hjalmar Borgstrøm (1864-1925). Han [...]