Neeme Järvi. Foto: Simon van Boxtel

Neeme Järvi ((© Simon van Boxtel).

February 3, 2012 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

2nd concert of the Brahms concert series
4th concert of the MASTERCLASS series

Halvorsen. Bergensiana, rococo variations on an old melody from Bergen
Halvorsen. Fossegrimen Suite, Op 21
Brahms. Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op 73

Ragnhild Hemsing (Hardanger fiddle)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

The rich, fresh and bright heritage of Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935), a very prominent Norwegian violinist in his time, is still not well known; it has even been succinctly called “one of Norway’s best-kept secrets”. Now it is introduced to the Estonian audience by Neeme Järvi who, with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, has already released three collections of Halvorsen’s orchestral music under the label of Chandos.

The suite named after Fossegrimen, the mythological water spirit and violin virtuoso, features the Norwegian folk instrument Hardanger fiddle (Norwegian hardingfele), an instrument whose history dates back to nearly half a millennium and which is used mainly on the shores of Hardanger Fiord in Central Norway. The usually very richly ornamented instrument looks very much like the classical violin. Instead of four, the Hardanger fiddle has eight or nine strings in two layers. The four upper ones are played with the bow like the classical violin, the lower, so-called sympathetic strings resonate with the upper ones, creating an original echo-like effect.

The soloist is the young Norwegian violinist Ragnhild Hemsing whose extensive repertoire on the classical violin is enriched by pieces written specially for the Hardanger fiddle.


Single ticket: 15 € / 10 €.