96kHz/24-bit, FLAC; BIS BIS2366 (supplied by www.eclassical.com)

Eldbjørg Hemsing says the Shostakovich First Concerto she’s known for a long time, as her tutor in turn had studied with David Oistrakh (for whom it was written). And that tells in an exciting performance – the Presto is thrilling! But the coupling is a recent discovery: Hjalmar Borgström (1864–1925) was trained in Leipzig and on his return to Norway found his music inconsistent with the current vogue. The Violin Concerto has long suffered neglect but Hemsing finds it ‘full of Norwegian nationalist sentiment’ reminding her of familiar mountain landscapes. It’s an interesting Late Romantic piece and worth getting to know. This, and the artistry of Ms Hemsing make this a debut album well worth acquiring – and she gets good support from the young Estonian conductor with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. CB

Sound Quality: 85%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

This is a genuine 96kHz file (produced on a SADiE digital audio workstation), with its ~45kHz bandwidth largely occupied with the extended harmonics of solo violin and orchestral strings. There’s one (inaudible) spurious tone at 20kHz. PM