|1. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D Major, Op.77: Allegro Non Troppo|
|2. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D Major, Op.77: Adagio|
|3. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D Major, Op.77: Allegro Giocoso, Ma Non Troppo Vivace|
|4. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D: Toccata|
|5. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D: Aria I|
|6. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D: Aria II|
|7. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D: Capriccio|
As for the playing, it is extraordinary. Technical difficulties do not exist. Even the most daunting passages, like the infamous G-major section in the Finale of the Brahms and the wild running-around in the Stravinsky, are dispatched with perfect clarity and consummate, effortless ease. Hahn's tone is intense, focused, variable, and of pristine purity in all registers, at all dynamic levels. She never loses her sense of meter or direction; her phrases have shape and elegance; and she needs no external effects. Her playing is austere and controlled, with an inward, noble expressiveness; she can change tone and mood on a dime. In the Brahms, the high soaring passages are ecstatic, the Finale is quite fast and very strict; only the Joachim cadenza is almost too free. Altogether, it's a most impressive achievement. --Edith Eisler
However, I was unexpectedly blown away by the Stravinsky. Here the synergy and creative energy generated by the combined talents of Sir Neville Marriner, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the solist, Hilary Hahn are nothing short of miraculous. It really makes Sir Neville sound like he is 21 again, and Hilary sound as if she has all the experience of Sir Neville's 76 years!
The georgeous sound quality captured by the recording engineers on this CD is no more than the performances deserve. If you have an SACD player, you will want to benefit from the high resolution of the SACD version (B00005RIN6).
Whichever format you choose, this is one of those rare recordings where everything is right. In my book, this recording gets top marks for for musical interpretation and top marks for sound quality. Very exciting -- don't hesitate.
This disc has two great violin Concertos: Brahm's and Stravinsky's, both in D major.
As one of the other reviewers mentioned, the Stravinsky is exceptionally well played. Although this piece is not as pleasing to the ear (at least to my ear) as the Brahm's, one has to appreciate the amount of effort and skill that is put forth by Ms. Hahn for this difficult work.
Without doubt the Brahm's concerto was my favorite: I found Hahn's interpretation flawless. While I loved the first movement, played with all the power and grandeur that I think Brahm had intended, it was the third movement that absolutely captivated my attention. This allegro, with its beautiful, haunting melody is made even more incredible when accompanied and embellished by the orchestra. The work was played with such joyous abandon and energy that it was hard to believe it was over so soon... Breathtaking!
A must have CD if you love Brahm's violin concerto in D major....Highly recommended!