January 5, 2024

Eldbjørg Hemsing: Vivaldi and the Imitation of Nature

When Vivaldi wrote his seasons in 1723, with a determined obsession to replicate the sounds of nature, he found that all the gestures are onomatopoeias, images full of poetry, of dreamlike meaning. If we could not hear the sound of an ocean wave, what would that wave sound like? Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing answered the question. The wave sounds the way it sounds in me. Spring can be born in the middle of the frozen ocean or in the desert sands. Music has been able to translate everything.

Click here to listen to the Podcast of HJCK, dealing with Hemsing's interpretation of Vivaldi at Cartagena Festival.