For the Record, Op. 114: Eldbjørg Hemsing; Vision String Quartet; Barbora Kolárová

March 19, 2020, 4:19 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Eldbjørg Hemsing
Violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing. Photo by Nikolaj Lund.

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."

Vision String Quartet

The Berlin-based Vision String Quartet's latest album deals with the subject of death through the music of Schubert's "Death and the Maiden," Quartet No. 14 in D Minor; and Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80, composed two months before the composer's own death in 1847, in memory of his sister, Fanny, who had died earlier that same year. It is subtitled "Requiem for Fanny." BELOW: The Vision String Quartet performs "Death and the Maiden": II. Variation 5 & Coda

Imp in Impulse
Barbora Kolárová, violin

"Imp in Impulse" is a caprice written for Czech violinist Barbora Kolárová by American composer Pascal Le Boeuf (1986). The title is a phrase used by American philosopher Dr. Paul A. Lee — a metaphor describing a spirit that tempts a person to do things without inhibition. The album also includes Jean Françaix's Theme with 8 Variations for Solo Violin; and Klement Slavický's Partita for Solo Violin. BELOW: Kolárová performs "Imp in Impulse" by Pascal Le Boeuf.

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March 20, 2020 at 04:34 PM · I'm not sure how much repeat listening "Imp in Impulse" will bear, but Kolárová is sure amazing. The thing going on in the video with the shoes is great, too.

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