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In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores

Hilary Hahn Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00EPD3B2W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning! 13 Mar 2014
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I received this CD set yesterday and have been playing the discs, one after the other, almost constantly since their arrival.
Yes, it is a 2 CD set and represents fantastic value for money.

Miss Hahn has recorded 27 Encores.
Her pianist on the recordings is Cory Smythe.
They have been superbly recorded at the Teldex Studio in Berlin.

The informative booklet tells us that Hiliary Hahn has long been interested in the Encore and decided that it would be fun to have some more modern examples of the genre in addition to the old chestnuts which have been around for so long.
She therefore approached 26 composers and asked them to write a short work, stipulating only that it should not exceed 5 minutes and be written for acoustic violin and piano.
For the final 27th encore of the set she launched a contest and selected a piece that she thought fitting to complete her recital.

Only one or two of the 27 listed composers were known to me.
The music, as you would expect from totally different composers, covers a wide spectrum.
There are many very technically demanding pieces which the violinist Hahn (and indeed pianist) play with great virtuosity.
There are other much quieter, almost dreamy pieces which are beautifully contrast the more energetic works.Listen to the 9th encore, entitled 'Farewell'. It will bring a tear to your eye.
The 27 encores have been skilfully placed over the two discs to make listening a real pleasure.
Often a whole CD of 'lollypops' can tire with repeated listening but that is not the case here at all.

All in all a wonderful collection of encores, played by one of the most talented artists currently performing.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new music extravaganza 11 Nov 2013
By T. Fisher - Published on
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Hilary Hahn does here what she does best -- perhaps better than any other major classical performer today. She introduces us to music we otherwise wouldn't hear, and leaves us wanting more.

These short pieces for violin and piano -- played brilliantly by new music pro Cory Smythe -- are in the main uncompromisingly postmodern: accesible, beautiful, highly emotional, and often requiring truly virtuosa performance. All this while maintaining outstanding creativity. To my ears, none of this music sounds trite or contrived.

I could say nice things about just about every track, but just a few of my favorites:
- "Bifu" by Somei Satoh, with its lingering wistfulness
- "When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa" by Du Yun, which launches into a playful romp from an opening phrase lifted from the famous main theme of Tan Dun's popular "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" soundtrack
- The kinetic drive of David Lang's "Light Moving" and James Newton Howard's "133... At Least"
- Avner Dorman's jazzy variations in "Memory Games"
- The hoedown-tinged "Ford's Farm" by Mason Bates, not to mention the syncopated fiddle fest of "Hilary's Hoedown" by Mark-Anthony Turnage
- Spectacularly post-Romantic showpieces such as Einojuhani Rautavaara's "Whispering" and Michiru Oshima's "Memories"
- The frenetic "Angry Birds of Kauai" by Jeff Myers -- a piece chosen by Hahn in a blind listen-off contest of solicited submissions
- The meditation "Blue Curve of the Earth" by Tina Davidson, with its wonderful pizzicato-driven opening passages
- I could go on and on.

I have especially admired Hilary Hahn once I caught on to her modus operandi for exposing audiences to new and less populist music on her big concerto discs -- if you want the Sibelius, you get the Schoenberg too. If you want the Tchaikovsky, you also get the Higdon. So many great artists get bogged down in standard repertory and find it hard to reach an audience with new music, or music that is off the beaten path of tried-and-true warhorses. Heck, Hahn even scored a huge hit with Charles Ives. How many people can say that?

Even outstanding artists like Anne-Sophie Mutter have people flocking to things like her Mendelssohn, while albums of great new music languish away -- like her disc of music by Rihm et al (for which the first review on Amazon, my own, appeared five whole months after its release!).

So it is pretty remarkable that Hilary Hahn has cracked the incredibly difficult nut of getting people excited about things they haven't heard a million times before. Three cheers for her.

And now with "In 27 Pieces", Hilary Hahn has kept on trailblazing, delivering another album of terrific new music. Hard to recommend highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait! 11 Nov 2013
By Brian F Hudon - Published on
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It's hard to imagine a more eclectic journey than the one Hilary Hahn has mapped out in this collection of new pieces. It ranges from the romantic to the post-modern, from jazzy Hollywood film noir to the rural, folksy and obscure, from the purely abstract to the objective. One can play the list of works in virtually any order and discover it never lacks for surprises or rewards. Nothing is too long or short and neither do the works ever stray too far into the experimental. There are a happy sum of truly moving and reflective works. There are some real barn burners from a technical standpoint. Some are simply heartbreaking such as Sotah's Bifu and Richter's Mercy In short, In 27 Pieces covers the whole range, never letting the traveler or their ear get too comfortable for too long. The range of Hilary's technique is mind boggling even and especially given there is no so-called "standard" against which to judge any of these first performances of entirely original works. What is present in this recording, is the ever pure incandescent tone of Hilary's violin which flows from her heart and hands, a voice of wisdom and wit and her boundless curiosity and sensitivity, which no matter how daring the work of the composer, provides us, the listener, with reassurance. Never is a musical phrase thrown away or taken for granted.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem 15 Nov 2013
By C. AUGUSTINE - Published on
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One of those gems you rarely find. This is an artist, and I hope to hear more from her. I've never heard the violin play such sound and melody and it mesmerized me. It kept me up 2 hours after listening to it in bed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of her special projects! 20 Nov 2013
By Shaun Broderick - Published on
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Hilary just hit another home run. I didn't enjoy Ives or Silfra, but these commissioned pieces are novel, exciting, and (most important) pleasant to listen to. I believe she or the composers have introduced some new violin techniques here--a feat that hasn't been done in decades. Some sounds I have never heard the violin produce before...ever. It will be exciting to purchase the sheet music and learn some of these pieces. The only downside is that there may not be another person on planet earth that can play some of this music.

What a great way to immortalize your career Hilary! I'll be listening/learning these pieces for a long time.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By David Keymer - Published on
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HH, viol; Cory Smythe, p.

Violinist Hilary Hahn is not only an extremely talented musician, she is a generous one, and on none of her recordings more than this, her latest, one. This is an album of encores, but not the standard warhorses --Kreisler, Paganini, etc.—rather, all modern composers.

The result is a list of composers I, and probably most other listeners, have never heard before. Of these twenty-seven composers, for instance, I knew of three, and of only one, David Lang, do I own other recordings. She selected the composers herself, and then contacted them to commission a short piece from each of them. For the twenty-seventh piece, she conducted an on-line contest: the submissions were listened to blind –with no indication who had written them- before the winner was selected.

This is resolutely modernist music but of many shades and hues, from lyrical and reflective to angular and jarring. I doubt that any other violinist today could have undertaken such a project –Gidon Kremer, perhaps, but Hahn is a much more complete violinist than him and her talents are necessary to cause such a disparate palette of offerings to cohere together as a singular entity. She has superb technique, her tone is always what it needs to be –it soars! She is, in addition, mature beyond her age, able to tackle all kinds of good music and make them sing.

If there is any drawback to this project it is that, because all of the pieces are short -- the longest, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s “Impulse”, runs minutes—mood, tempo and timbre are always changing in this record. The composers’ voices change quickly and often. At times, it feels like listening to a sampler record, rather than immersion in the musical vision of one or two composers. But this is brilliant music. These pieces aren‘t to be found elsewhere on record and they deserve to be –they’re of uniformly high caliber. And Ms. Hahn plays as eloquently here as she has on any of her many fine recordings. What a treasure she is!

I haven't written anything about pianist Corey Smythe and I should have. He's brilliant.
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