Dvořák & Suk

Release Date: September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018
Eldbjørg Hemsing
BIS Records AB | Catalogue No. BIS-2246 SACD
Producer: Marion Schwebel
Number of discs: 1


Eldbjørg Hemsing’s very successful debut album of Shostakovich & Borgström violin concertos, e.g. having entered German Top 20 Classical Music Charts in May this year, is followed in autumn 2018 by a recording of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Suk’s Fantasy and Love Song with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Alan Buribayev.

Eldbjørg Hemsing says about her second solo album release: “A special and close relationship with Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor goes all the way back to my childhood. I grew up with two siblings, and my younger brother Andris used to play the concerto constantly at the highest volume until my mum decided to hide the recording. However, my curiosity about Dvořák grew, eventually also leading to my discovery of Josef Suk’s compositions. Despite the difference in expression and style between the two composers, the eloquence of the Czech idiom that they share fascinated me. Dvořák’s Violin Concerto is a masterpiece, both playful and yet very serious. Josef Suk’s Fantasy is on the other hand like a mosaic adventure, where each of the stories come together forming the piece. And, finally, Love Song is somehow a true reflection of the romantic idea of love.

Dvořák, Antonín (1841–1904)
Concerto in A minor for Violin and Orchestra Op. 53 (1889)
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo

Suk, Josef (1874-1935)
Fantasy in G minor for Violin and Orchestra Op. 24 (1902)

Suk, Josef (1874-1935)
Liebeslied (Love Song) Op. 7 No. 1 (1893)
arranged for violin and orchestra by Stephan Koncz (Manuscript)