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, Vengerov, and Stern. Sir Neville Marriner also works wonders with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In the first movement, the orchestra steps up boldly, yet without an overly loud or overdone tone. Hilary steps up into the spotlight with a mature, steadfast, and dazzling phrase. She grasps the listener and holds hime or her there until the movement comes to a perfect close. In the second movement, Neville Marriner does a wonderful job with the woodwind scoring. The principal parts shimmer and glitter, until Ms. Hahn joins them as the most beautiful gem of all. Her arching tone sears in and out of different volumes, moods, yet keeps the serene peacfulness we can only assume Brahms intended for this movement.
I simply love the third movement, Hilary Hahn jumps in right away boldly and bravely. She plays it swiftly with just a perfect amount of aggresion. She really makes the violin sing, and the orchestra runs right along side her. Your breath is simply caught at the stunning finale, and She draws it to a awesome close.
But what of the Stravinsky. I can imagine that the first impressions can be about more varied than anything else in the world, from "Creative!" to "Weird" down to "Just plain stupid". It's definetely interesting to listen to, and it grows on you until it stands right alongside the Brahms, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn and some of the favorite concertos ever.
This concerto happens to have four movements, unlike most concertos, and MOST unlike most violin concertos.
Hilary Hahn matches the creativity of the piece itself with a wowingly imaginitive interpritation that really imprints each movement in your head. Each movement focuses on one main mood, and captures it perfectly. Quite a portrait of a concerto. Hilary's performance is stunning, and truly best of the few recordings out there.
The CD contains fascinating information on the composing of the concertos, the descisions behind the CD, as well as pictures of the performer, a illustrative discography, and links to cool webpages of Hilary's. Done up in a mature, attractive, proffesional design, the CD looks just as good on the shelf as it sounds inside the CD player.
This CD is an absolute MUST for your CD library. At a very affordable price for the best recording of each of the concertos, what more could you want?