CD Reviews

Review: Fire Ritual Recording in The Strad (9/18/2019) - 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: Fire Ritual Recording in Süddeutsche Zeitung (2/7/2019) - « It is thanks to the young talents who not only want to ride old war horses, but also present new things, that the instrumental concerto as a genre will never die out. Norwegian violin princess Eldbjørg Hemsing already made a name for herself as an archaeologist when she successfully excavated the unconventional, surprisingly attractive […]
Review: Dvořák&Suk Recording in The Strad (UK) (11/20/2018) - A splendid combination of purity and sweeping, Heifetz-like intensity The Strad | By Julian Haylock, 16. November 2018 Dvořák’s sole Violin Concerto is not among his most free-flowingly spontaneous scores. It took him four years (on and off) to complete, by which time the intended dedicatee Joseph Joachim had grown tired of the project and, […]
Review: Dvořák & Suk Recording in Concerti (DE) (11/18/2018) - Effortless Intensity Eckhard Weber | Concerti | 8. November 2018 She practically grew up with this work, she says. Indeed, young violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing feels noticeably at home in Dvořák’s Violin Concerto. The way she makes her instrument sing with an amazingly nuanced and beguiling tone full of vibrancy has compelling intensity. Nothing sounds laboured […]
Review: Dvořák&Suk Recording in Süddeutsche (DE) (10/2/2018) - “…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 | […]
REVIEW OF DVORAK&SUK RECORDING IN FANFARE (8/2/2018) - Fanfare Review of Eldbjørg Hemsing’s second solo album release “…flawless intonation, a lovely tone, and, in the bargain, magical phrasing. The finest musicians possess both a keen, unique musical insight, and the technical ability to communicate those insights to their audiences. Hemsing is such an artist. And throughout, Hemsing plays with a true sense of […]
DEBUT CD REVIEW IN DEUTSCHLANDFUNK (6/3/2018) - 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 BY RADIO FRANCE (5/23/2018) - On May 23, 2018 Radio France has featured the debut album of Eldbjørg Hemsing, giving the top rating for this release. The broadcast also featured the entire 1st movement of the Borgström violin concerto. Please click here for the audio stream with the review starting at 40min21sec.
DEBUT CD REVIEW IN KLASSIK HEUTE (5/18/2018) - “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 (5/16/2018) - 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 violin concertos by Hjalmar Borgström and Dmitri Shostakovich, recorded […]
DEBUT CD REVIEW IN THE STRAD (5/9/2018) - “…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 (5/7/2018) - “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 (5/7/2018) - 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 (5/1/2018) - “…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 […]
ELDBJØRG HEMSING DEBUT CD REVIEW IN THE ARTS DESK (4/28/2018) - 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 | | 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 (3/5/2018) - 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 (3/3/2018) - “…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 (2/20/2018) - 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 (2/14/2018) - 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 | […]