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Schoenberg, Sibelius: Violin Concertos

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Schoenberg Violin Concerto

    Hahn's Schoenberg is nothing short of amazing. No previous performance of this work has ever revealed its beauty. I had always regarded it as an intellectually interesting but basically ugly piece of music. Part of her secret is her absolute technical mastery of the piece. Something else is present that must have resulted from very careful study and experience with the piece by Ms. Hahn. The Sibelius is excellent but no better than several other versions of this popular concerto. This is a must buy for anyone that has a Schoenberg collection or for someone that would like to get to know the composer's atonal music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Two definitive recordings

    Everything about this recording is top-notch. As the review says, if Hahn can't bring you 'round to liking the Schoenberg work, no one can. This is a flawless release, with passionate and competent performances by both Hahn and the orchestra. The presentation of the Sibelius concerto is lush, warm, and emotive. But the Schoenberg concerto is the real triumph here. Hahn takes this angular, jagged work and smooths out its edges, making the piece fun, enjoyable and infinitely listenable. She and the orchestra capture the fire of Schoenberg's convictions and realize his vision probably more pefectly than has ever been done. This recording is proof positive that the 12-tone system didn't necessarily (or at least always) turn out music that is off-putting. Challenging, yes. But in the right hands, and both Hahn and Salonen are those, Schoenberg comes alive in new and exciting ways, and his music becomes accessible. The sound quality of the recording is rich, with a great deal of clarity and depth. I can't praise this CD enough. Its a revelation.

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