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4.6 out of 5 stars

on 7 June 2017
Wow. Hilary is brilliant. The music is fabulous. Just buy it.
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on 23 February 2013
Oh this is just fabulous. The Stravinsky has with it an air of breathlessness that I've never heard in any performance of the work before. Hahn just sweeps it along - and it is so right, so satisfying. The finale will blow your head off it's so good. And it's performed with total authority - and it's as passionate as it is clinical. And the Brahms - well, that's just as good in every way. Oh, go buy it. Do that.
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on 26 April 2002
The violinist Hilary Hahn has is one of the great violinists of her day and has been in high demand in the UK ever since her debut at the Proms (on the last night) and her feature in BBC Music Magazine. It was with great anticipiation that I learned she was to be recording the Stravinsky and Brahms concertos with a British orchestra. However, upon listening to the CD I was greatly disappointed by the standard of the orchestral accompaniment - some of the worst I have heard. Marriner's Stravinsky is restrained and the timbre too dark for the vibrant interpretation of Hahn. The ensemble-work in the massive homophonic passages is not entirely together and the individual contributions from some members of the orchestra in the Brahms is such a let-down. The most painful example of this is the oboe solo in the Adagio. Probably the most famous in the repertoire for oboists, the Academy principle produces a thin tone with too much bulging and very little legato; a complete contradiction to the wonderful soaring lines that Hahn produces. I've recently reverted back to my Anne-Sophie Mutter and Berlin Phil ercording, but it's with great frustration that I do so. Hahn's performance is of the highest calibre and deserves so much better and on a label like Sony Classical one would expect better.
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on 7 January 2002
Hilary Hahn is a quite awesome talent, her Brahms playing is lyrical and passionate and her performance is up there with the most illustrious names in the history of violin playing .
Sadly the orchestral contribution is tepid and earthbound Marriner is all too often a disappointment in these great romantic works
The Stravinsky is better ASMF being more used to its smaller scale and spiky accompaniment whilst Hahn is incomparable - this is probably the finest recording of this work .
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on 4 August 2009
I HAVE hAHN'S RECORDINGS ON CD OF THE sCHOENBERG, THE bRAHMS,THE Stravinsky,the Sibelius and her Plays Bach album.She has developed into an artist of consummate ability.All thes works are excellent but the Stravinsky and the Brahms are sublime.HerbRAHMS IS NOT DISSIMILAR TO szeryings which a I have on vinyl and which has always been on of my absolute favourites.Ms Hahn is clearly in the big league and is becoming internationally recognised as a player of the highest order.Have a look at her website.Acompete lack of pretentiousness and great warmth seem also to be amongst her trademarks. Why oh why does she not release her recordings on vinyl wher we could hear what she does in the best medium when played on the proluferation of higfh quality equipment which is available now?That said,she is simply wonderful.Buy her recordings,you'll love them all.
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