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.