October 2, 2018
Julia Spinola

Süddeutsche DE

There must be something enchanting in the Nordic fjords and mountain landscapes. After the multiple award-winning Vilde Frang has conquered the international podiums, 28-year-old Eldbjørg Hemsing is once again a young violinist from Norway. She made her debut in April with music by the largely unknown Norwegian composer Hjalmar Borgström. On her second CD, too, she now avoids the well-trodden paths and, alongside Antonín Dvořák's Violin Concerto, plays the rarely heard Fantasia in G minor for violin and orchestra by Dvořák's son-in-law Josef Suk. Hemsing is not only a subtle and clever interpreter, she also elicits a very personal, unmistakable violin tone from her Guadagnini. It appears tender, intimate and filigree at its core, but even in the breathy piano it is still sensual and sonorous. In the passionate forte, for example in the opening theme of the Dvořák concert, this hauntingly singing tone begins to shine iridescent. With a little imagination you can hear the great David Oistrakh, whose pupil Boris Kuschnir Hemsing's teacher.