Beethoven’s violin concerto

Concert 17.1

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Beethoven’s violin concerto

The young, colourful violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing has charmed audiences and critics alike in her home country of Norway. She will perform Beethoven’s beautiful violin concerto together with NorrlandsOperan’s Symphony Orchestra.

Violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing is just as at home with classical music as she is performing Norwegian folk music on Norway's own violin, known as the Hardangerfela. Hemsing made her début with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at age 11. Thanks to her charm and musicality, Hemsing has captivated audiences and critics ever since.

As it happens, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) wrote just one violin concerto, but, in doing so, succeeded in changing the entire genre. Nonetheless, the piece did not gain popularity until after his death. This was a time when the primary focus of violin concertos was to showcase how fast a soloist could play. But for Beethoven, the concerto as a unified whole was more important. Today, many music-lovers feel that this piece is Beethoven's very best concerto.

Polish composer Wojciech Kilar (b. 1932) wrote the scores for films like The Ninth Gate and The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski. He often derives the inspiration for his music from the Polish landscape. In the meditative, near-hypnotic piece Orawa for strings, Kilar paints a picture of the enchanting natural environment of the Tatra Mountains, along the Slovakia-Poland border.

Wojciech Kilar: Orawa för stråkar
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violinkonsert
Lutoslawski: Liten svit för orkester
Sibelius: En Saga

Conductor: Ewa Strusinska
Soloist: Eldbjørg Hemsing (violin)