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Brahms, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos

Hilary Hahn , Sir Neville Marriner , Academy of St. Martin in the Fields , Johannes Brahms , Igor Stravinsky Audio CD
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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

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Hilary Hahn is not only one of the best, but one of the most interesting young violinists before the public. Even as a teenager, she seemed uninterested in displaying her formidable technical mastery, concentrating instead on the music with a seriousness far beyond her years. Now 21, she has become a thoughtful, knowledgeable musician and an arresting, involved performer. Both qualities are reflected in this recording, beginning with the choice of the two concertos, which are entirely dissimilar--except for being in the same key--yet make an excellent pair, and extending to the program notes, which blend personal reminiscence and scholarly research.

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Stravinsky March 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this disc for the Brahms, on the basis that it would be a sure bet as far as my own conservative music tastes are concerned. Besides, as a delighted owner of several other Hahn recordings for Sony, I knew she would bring her formidable musical intelligence, sensitivity and commanding tone to bear on an already familiar, well-loved composition.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing recording May 10 2011
By sylvain
Format:Audio CD
This album is simply amazing. The superb quality of the recording but, and most of all, the great interpretation of that unique and very beautifull violin concerto makes it my favorite. The St Martin-in-the-field orchestra is perfect in its communication with the delightfull playing of Miss Hahn. This album is one of the best produces in recent years. This is the Brahms violin concerto CD to buy, definitely. The Stravinsky concerto is also very interesting. I want some more..............
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilary Hahn� simply dazzling May 18 2004
By R. Nicholson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
An extraordinary CD.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars And the Grammy goes to... Dec 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Brahms is such a difficult composer to interpret. Brahms sometimes is not easily defineable, but Hilary Hahn does such a great way of interpreting Brahms, that it almost seems easy. She won a Grammy for this recording, and after hearing her first note, it's obvious why. This recording is up there with the great recordings, which is hard to find. If you don't think that you have enough of Hilary Hahn, her Mendelssohn/Shostakovich recording is fantastic, absolutely. I tell my friends, "Everything she touches turns to perfection!" It's true, and you'll understand after you hear this recording!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brahm's not so good, Stravinsky better Feb. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
While it's not the first violin concerto I've found to my liking (the first was Elgar's) Brahm's Violin Concerto captivated me from the first time I heard it and I credit it for my appreciation for violin concertos. I prefer orchestral and strangely, I found a taste in chamber and solo violin music stemmed from this appreciation where I found it intolerable before. What makes Brahms my favorite violin concerto is its savorability. This concerto is evidence Brahms did have a light side; no orchestral work is more soothing to me.
I didn't think this recording savored the concerto. It flies when it should be serene and steady, and slows when it should pick up. The first movement is actually longer than usual but at the same time, you'd think the majority of the concerto was rushed. You can tell the extra time went into the cadenza (too much time)! For those that prefer a savory Brahms Violin Concerto, pick up the Karajan/Mutter recording.
This recording is the first time I've heard the Stravinsky Violin Concerto. For the same reasons I chastize the Brahms piece, I commend the Stravinsky. I've heard enough Stravinsky to know savorability jumped out 500 miles back. It sounds just like I would expect a Stravinsky violin concerto to sound. I thought it was appropriate (but funny too) the slow movement was dubbed "Aria" instead of Andante or Adagio. Stravinsky slow movements scare me. I'm glad he found music, he would have been a psychopath.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brahm's not so good, Stravinsky better Feb. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
While it's not the first violin concerto I've found to my liking (the first was Elgar's) Brahm's Violin Concerto captivated me from the first time I heard it and I credit it for my appreciation for violin concertos. I prefer orchestral and strangely, I found a taste in chamber and solo violin music stemmed from this appreciation where I found it intolerable before. What makes Brahms my favorite violin concerto is its savorability. This concerto is evidence Brahms did have a light side; no orchestral work is more soothing to me.
I didn't think this recording savored the concerto. It flies when it should be serene and steady, and slows when it should pick up. The first movement is actually longer than usual but at the same time, you'd think the majority of the concerto was rushed. You can tell the extra time went into the cadenza (too much time)! For those that prefer a savory Brahms Violin Concerto, pick up the Karajan/Mutter recording.
This recording is the first time I've heard the Stravinsky Violin Concerto. For the same reasons I chastize the Brahms piece, I commend the Stravinsky. I've heard enough Stravinsky to know savorability jumped out 500 miles back. It sounds just like I would expect a Stravinsky violin concerto to sound. I thought it was appropriate (but funny too) the slow movement was dubbed "Aria" instead of Andante or Adagio. Stravinsky slow movements scare me. I'm glad he found music, he would have been a psychopath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Brahms and A Great Stravinsky Too
I was utterly amazed by Hilary Hahn's glittering, lyrical performance of the Beethoven violin concerto with David Zinman conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on another,... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003 by John Kwok
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Dazzling!
Hilary Hahn has produced yet another beautiful recording!
This Recording of the Brahms is simply sensational, and my personal favorite, over ones by Heifitz, Perlman, Chang,... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002 by Dupont
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Dazzling!
Hilary Hahn has produced yet another beautiful recording!
This Recording of the Brahms is simply sensational, and my personal favorite, over ones by Heifitz, Perlman, Chang,... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002 by Dupont
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great
Another fine recording made by Hahn since her predecessor of the Beethoven. As usual, Hahn makes everything seem easy, polishing her performance with more adroitness than ever. Read more
Published on July 31 2002 by "requiemguardian"
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling
Hilary Hahn has made yet another excellent recording!
Being a big fan of the Brahms concerto, I was intrigued to buy this right away, but when I had purchased it, I looked at... Read more
Published on July 28 2002 by Dupont
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully crystal-clear...not overpolished
Hilary Hahn has yet to fail to impress me. She is a consummate artist. This new disc featuring the violin concertos of Brahms and Stravinsky is her fourth album. Read more
Published on July 11 2002 by NotATameLion
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Wonderful Young Musician
I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this album, despite all of the great claims that I had heard about Hahn. Read more
Published on May 28 2002 by DavidFromCT
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