Laurie Niles, editor Violinist.com (March 19, 2020, 4:17 PM)
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Grieg: The Violin Sonatas
Eldbjørg Hemsing, violin
Simon Trpceski, piano
Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing explores her roots with this recording of the three violin sonatas by Edvard Grieg, also featuring pianist Simon Trpceski. Grieg’s F major Sonata includes references to Norwegian folk dances and Hardanger fiddle techniques, as does his Sonata No. 2. He composed his Violin Sonata in C minor 20 years later, and it was the last piece of chamber music that he completed. Hemsing also plays her own composition, “Homecoming,” a set of variations on a tune from the valley where she grew up, as well as a nod to Grieg, who used the same tune almost 150 years ago in his large-scale Ballade Op. 24. BELOW: Eldbjørg Hemsing describes her connection to works by Edvard Grieg and her composition “Homecoming.”