23. Nov

Ragnhild Hemsing releases ‘Halvorsen: Elegie’

On Røta, her debut album with Berlin Classics, Ragnhild Hemsing presents her Norwegian roots on the violin and Hardanger fiddle, thereby placing her identity and the link to her musical training centre stage. Central to this theme is the relationship between classical and Norwegian folk music and the contrast between the different sounds of the two instruments. This connection can also be seen in the new single 'Halvorsen: Elegie'. Ragnhild Hemsing, in compiling Røta, has recorded works by famous Norwegian composers alongside four different folk melodies for the Hardanger fiddle from her homeland.

'I find it very interesting to combine the repertoire of composers who were inspired by folk music and the traditions of their individual homelands,' is how Hemsing explains her choice of works for this album. Ole Bull, Edvard Grieg, Johan Svendsen and Johan Halvorsen are famous Norwegian composers of the nineteenth century, whose music gives her a cosy, reassuring feeling of 'home'. Together with Mario Häring at the piano and Benedict Kloeckner on cello she embarks on a journey through her native country’s sound world.

The single 'Halvorsen: Elegie' will be released on December 11, 2020 on all streaming and download portals.