Editors’ Notes This is a very fine recording of Grieg’s three violin sonatas by the composer’s compatriot Eldbjørg Hemsing, joined by Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski. Not heard in concert that often, but recorded quite frequently, the three works give an extra dimension to a composer known primarily for Peer Gynt and the Piano Concerto. They fall beautifully under the fingers of both musicians and their use of folk and folk-like melodies give them a distinctive flavor, intensely melodic but also richly communicative. Hemsing is totally inside the sonatas’ idiom and Trpčeski proves a very fine chamber musician; they’re particularly impressive in Violin Sonata No. 3.

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Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8: I. Allegro con brio
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Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8: II. Allegretto quasi andantino
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Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8: III. Allegro molto vivace
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Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13
Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: I. Lento doloroso - Allegro vivace
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Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: II. Allegretto tranquillo
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Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: III. Allegretto animato
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Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: I. Allegro molto ed appassionato
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Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: II. Allegretto espressivo alla romanza
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Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: III. Allegro animato
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Homecoming
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