Reviews

Emozioni in musica ieri sera per melodica con la violinista Linda Hedlund e il chitarrista Domenico del Giudice

“Linda Hedlund has proved to be an interpreter of great skill and refined musical sensibility, as well as possessing all the technical secrets of her instrument, while playing with care of phrasing.”

Ragusa oggi 24.4.2017


 

Cervantes in music 

”The festival´s artistic director complemented actively Maria Altadill´s soprano in a duet Que voy-je! by Jean Baptiste Lully and rejoiced the major third – tierce de Picardie – in Biagio Marini´s Passacaglia en Sol.”

Folke Forsman Hbl 26.7.2016


 

Chamber Music concert with two international artists

”A musical highlight of the season for violin and piano was presented by two international guests from Italy and Finland in Waging Pfarrheim.”

Traunsteiner Tagblatt 25.7.2015


 

Valuable instruments amazed in the Laurentius Hall

“…This time all the good ingredients were present with internationally acclaimed and experienced violinist Linda Hedlund, playing a Testore-violin, and Sauli Kulmala, who studied abroad as well as at the Sibelius-Academy, playing a viola by Maussiel. The fine soloists also inspired the orchestra and conductor to achieve their best, performing in style and collaborating well with the soloists. The soloists work together was seamless, although performing this music for the first time. They were able to present colors and sounds from their instruments in an enjoyably unified way. The soloist duos of the slow movement were performed like a dream, both rythmically and with regard to sound. The fast tempo in the Finale worked smoothly without seeming too hasty, only effortlessly light.“

Jorma Mäenpää
Länsi-Uusimaa 17.1.2013


 

„Konzert. Künstlerisch hohes Niveau legte das Abedian String Trio beim Konzert im Stadtmuseum an den Tag.“

NÖN Woche 46/2012

Köstlich Kosmopolitisches 

Schubert, Bartók und Piazzolla für Violine und Gitarre
„…Man sollte kennen und schätzen lernen, wie diese zwei Musiker stilsicher und mit musikantischer Freude so verschiedene Werke spielen wie Schuberts D-Dur-Violinsonate, Bela Bartóks Rumänische Volkstänze und Astor Piazzollas hinreißende “Geschichte des Tangos”.

Gustav Danziger
ORF/CD des Tages 16.2.2012


 

A Foray to Finland – Where Sibelius isn ́t the only star composer 

Ms. Hedlund is a mellow artist, not given to rhapsodic flights or folksy flair, but her unsentimental approach was effective in “Valse Lente.” Her style was also well suited to the icy double-stops in Armas Jarnefelt’s moody “Berceuse” (1904).

Zachary Wolf
NY Times 22.11.2011

Tasteful and sensitive 

„…On monday it was Linda Hedlund ́s and Elisa Järvi ́s turn to caress the ears with a smartly constructed programme, where the intelligently entertaining Road Movies by John Adams for violin and piano served as a fruitful contrast against the sonatas by Debussy and Franck. Hedlund made music throughout tastefully, with a delicate sound and beautiful phrasing and in excellent interplay with Järvi on the although small, yet well sounding Yamaha grand piano….“

Mats Liljeroos
Hbl 6.8.2011


 

Piazzolla by Hedlund and Tolonen 

”Even when the performance had been all in all flawless, Astor Piazzolla ́s Histoire du Tango became the highlight of the concert…In the temperamental parts and particularly in the long bow strokes Hedlund got determination in her playing that made the listener focus on the musical emotions of Piazzolla. Every music lover will surely be demanding more of this!”

Maria Verikov
Ylä-Karjala 14.10.2010

Interpretation rich in nuances 

“Two lyrical violin sonatas, where the piano even serves as initiator, is not an easy task if you wish to create enough tension during three-quarters of an hour. Linda Hedlund and Risto-Matti Marin succeeded at this task…Hedlund ́s handling of the bow was light and secure and the playing of the Testore-violin clean…In the finale of the Brahms sonata in A, Hedlund finally got an opportunity to come out more imposingly introducing the theme. The low register sang in a seductively warm manner.”

Jukka Isopuro
HS 27.8.2010


 

The simplified and absolute is gallant 

Philip Glass: A Madrigal Opera
“The abstract work, a chamber opera for six singers, violin and viola is performed valiantly and strictly by the Ooppera Skaala ensemble. The composer himself asked these musicians to record this work for the first time in the world!…The sound is slashing beautiful. This work is suitable for listening, I actually do not need to see it performed on stage. The simplified, cultivated clean and unconditional is beautiful.”

Pertti Piispanen
Nykypäivä 23.12.2009

Preserver of tradition 

“Her energetic interpretation of the music by Grieg suited quite well and she had a fine grip on the difficult sense of tonality in Chausson. The romantic violin repertoire is well worth preserving and it is good that someone does it. At the same time I am curious to see in what direction Linda Hedlund will develop in the future!”

Wilhelm Kvist
Hbl 19.8.2009

“Linda Hedlund was a stylish violinist in the German Arias by Händel, where the soprano part is written in a wide range.”

Veijo Murtomäki
HS 18.7.2009

Versatile and fascinating 

“The well known Serenade by Schubert and Cantabile by Paganini work out naturally. Hedlund ́s violin sounds glowing and rich, delicately supported by Schildt ́s guitar. In the Sonata op. 64 by Paganini the violinist had a lot to say. Its melodic lines were swarming fast-flowing and some rapid playfulness could also be heard.”

Reijo Paavola
Kymen Sanomat 7.6.2009

“Tchaikovsky ́s piano trio, in memory of a great artist, provides a real challenge to any musician. The listener can only wonder and admire the movements of the bows and enjoy every single second of it. They say that this was the first time Linda Hedlund played this work in concert. Bravo Linda!”

“Sunday-evening was spent with dazzling music. On the stage of Optima were Folke Gräsbeck, a pianist who already has gained a lot of recognition and fame, together with a younger generation of musicians, violinist Linda Hedlund and cellist Seeli Toivio. And there they played – piano, violin and cello together and alone, all the time sounding breathtakingly beautiful.”

Riitta Palovuori
Pietarsaaren sanomat 31.3.2009


 

French romantically- 

“ Hedlund ́s Stradivarius glows warmly in the low register. Her touch is romantically singing, which is astonishing in Debussy ́s swiftly moving sonata, but prompt determination can also be found in the fiery allegro by Franck.”

Jukka Isopuro
HS 18.12.2008

“Linda Hedlund has studied in Moscow, Vienna and Berlin and is a welcomed reminder that some exquisite fearless top violinists have lately emerged from abroad, while from the Sibelius- Academy none. On the record Linda Hedlund ́s Stradivarius sounds avoiding the extremes in central-european style.”

Kare Eskola
Rondo musiikkilehti/music magazine 10/2008

“Violinist Linda Hedlund has on her debut album chosen some of the brightest pearls of the violin sonata literature. The sonatas by Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Franck take the listener firmly to french ground. The works are in their temperamental and imaginative sound world of a high level and also rewarding for the listener.

Linda Hedlund ́s Stradivarius-violin sounds in all dark timbres glowing colourfully in the loving embrace of its skillful player. Hedlund ́s vibrato is lively elegant and her attitude of playing is confident and determined. Interpretation wise the sonatas get new depth and grandeur in Hedlund ́s handling. The collaboration with pianist Oliver Kern is exemplary and on top of all sweet to listen to. A glamorous chamber music recording.”

Jan Mikael Vainio
Aksentti (Musiikkiäänitteiden erikoislehti/Special magazine for recordings) 7/2008

“Energy and go-ahead attitude can be heard in her way of making music. She has a strong handlement of the bow and a secure left hand technique combined with a well developed sense of phrasing. Her sound is beautiful and intonation spotless.”

Lena von Bonsdorff
Hbl 1.10.2008

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