Though not completely unknown—she has several albums and
collaborations with artists like Tan Dun on her CV—Norwegian violinist
Eldbjørg Hemsing is a new face on the New York scene. Her recital
Wednesday night in the Bruno Walter Auditorium had the satisfaction of
hearing a fine, new artistic voice in full maturity.
The concert was presented by the National Music and Global Culture
Society, an organization that brings together music from differing
backgrounds around the world. Hemsing played with Azerbaijani pianist
Nargiz Aliyarova, the organization’s founder and president, performed
two standard violin sonatas from and, befitting the NMGCS mission,
nationalist music from their respective countries of origin.
Thus, the program began with Prokofiev and ended with Grieg, with
mostly obscure names (Bjarne Brustad, Franghiz Alizadeh, Gara Garayev,
and Arif Melikov) in the middle. One could hear the concert as a
sandwich with more bread than meat—substantial and delicious bread to be
sure, but also some substance in the middle pieces, primarily in the
solo music for each instrument.
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