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Helsingborgs Dagblad 10 September 2005

Posted:February, 20 2015

Helsingborgs Dagblad 10 September 2005

                                                                                                      Violinist Whets the Appetite

Season opening of the Helsingborgs Symfoniorkesters
Soloist: Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin
Director: Mats Rondin
Helsingborgs Konserthus 8 September, 2005

JohnLizTommieInAction9/8/06 Cellist John Edhe and Swedish Composer Tommie Haglund after Elizabeth’s world premiere performance of “Hymns to the Night” by Haglund, in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Reviewer: Tommie Ling – Translated by Andreas Waller

A violin concert does not happen every day, but last Thursday was an exception; The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, directed by Mats Rondin, together with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn brought Hymnen an die Nacht by Halmstad-native composer Tommie Haglund to its premiere performance. With a fully booked audience, there was a certain tension in the air as Elizabeth Pitcairn brought the bow to her Stradivarius and opened the concert with a several minutes long solo. All together, the violin concerto is laid out more as a dialogue between violin and orchestra than the regular form of a concerto. A couple’s night conversation, the orchestra carrying a romantic and dynamic voice, the violin being more strict and low-voiced. They rarely cross their boundaries.

JohnLizAndTommiePosing for the CD Cover for the Haglund Violin and Cello Concertos, to be recorded and released in 2007.

Elizabeth Pitcairn got to play a wide cross section and she brought out the firm and convincing sound of her Stradivarius. The violin concerto was written for her and it was apparent that she felt comfortable with the more difficult sections. The rich orchestration of Hymnen an die Nacht was very well taken care of by Mats Rondin and the Symphony Orchestra, which had many impressive moments.

The darker shades were filled with dynamic breakouts that had a rich but
consequent color tone. The entire concerto flows rather slowly, which brings
the thoughts to another composer, Allan Pettersson. The high class performance of Tommie Haglund’s Violin Concerto whets the appetite and the fact that it is being published on CD with Elizabeth Pitcairn and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra feels like an asset.