Elgar: Violin Concerto / Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Elgar's Violin Concerto tends to bring out the best in young virtuosos. This may be surprising, given that the musical challenges of the work are even more daunting than its considerable technical demands -- but the proof is on disc. Yehudi Menuhin was just 16 when he made the first complete recording under the composer's direction, and a teenage Nigel Kennedy established his reputation with a superb performance. Now here's Hilary Hahn with a remarkably assured and mature interpretation. Sir Colin Davis does not shape the orchestral part as tautly as Elgar himself did, nor is he as magisterial as Vernon Handley who conducted for Kennedy's recording, but his is a...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Elgar's Violin Concerto tends to bring out the best in young virtuosos. This may be surprising, given that the musical challenges of the work are even more daunting than its considerable technical demands -- but the proof is on disc. Yehudi Menuhin was just 16 when he made the first complete recording under the composer's direction, and a teenage Nigel Kennedy established his reputation with a superb performance. Now here's Hilary Hahn with a remarkably assured and mature interpretation. Sir Colin Davis does not shape the orchestral part as tautly as Elgar himself did, nor is he as magisterial as Vernon Handley who conducted for Kennedy's recording, but his is a compellingly passionate, sometimes even volatile, view. Hahn's response to the music is also highly emotional, to be sure, but there's a poise and a rare element of delicacy to her playing, too. DG's recording underlines the elegance of Hahn's approach by not placing her too close to the microphone. As a result, she occasionally seems dwarfed by the orchestra, but this a realistic perspective, and one that only enhances the music's dramatic character. As for the technical hurdles, Hahn leaps each one with apparent ease; note, for example, her finely etched realization of the intricate passagework at the beginning of the finale. The CD offers an encore of sorts: Ralph Vaughan Williams's pastoral meditation The Lark Ascending. In case you were too involved in the drama of the Elgar to notice, the exquisite refinement of Hahn's tone is unmistakable here. Not to be missed.
New York Times - David Mermelstein
Though [the Concerto] is famously taxing (Elgar was an able fiddler), Ms. Hahn never lets on, handily navigating the first movement's shifting landscape with youthful élan. The middle movement profits from her superb articulation, and in its pages she limns, if not pathos, then at least deep feeling. In the fast-paced finale, Ms. Hahn handles her violin as an expert test driver might handle a vintage automobile, confidently and with relish. Her concentration is remarkable.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Peter Dobrin
1/2 Davis and the Londoners sound as if they own this music. They play with an authority -- a swagger, even -- that raises Elgar to a rare level of audacious joy. Hahn and especially Davis flex tempos in a way that swerves the music into unexpected corners of meaning and emotion. It's all very satisfying.

1/2 Davis and the Londoners sound as if they own this music. They play with an authority -- a swagger, even -- that raises Elgar to a rare level of audacious joy. Hahn and especially Davis flex tempos in a way that swerves the music into unexpected corners of meaning and emotion. It's all very satisfying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947450429
  • Catalog Number: 000302602
  • Sales rank: 1,687

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hilary Hahn Primary Artist, Violin
Colin Davis Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Thomas Frost Producer
Fred Munzmaier Art Direction
Sam O'Kell Engineer
Hilary Hahn Liner Notes
Martin Engstrom Executive Producer
Michael Steinberg Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    remarkable and assured performance.

    Most wonderful integration of the soloist, orchestr and Sir Colin Davies. Hillary is strictly objective, does not wallow nor cries, is deeply musical and crystal clear in her playing. A most wondewrful and compelling performance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilary Continues to Amaze

    Hahn never fails to deliver a stunning performance, flowing lyricism and boundless energy and precision. Her dedication to preserving the violin repertoire's history and value is admirable. Having met her after a concert at her usual CD signing, I can say that her character and charm is just as beautiful as her playing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Personal Note

    Hilary Hahn is a worthless copy of a great European violinist. Plus, her musical output continues to backslide into easy mediocrity. I guess that's what people want to buy, so she found great success in the market, doing the best of what all her agents tell her, and smiling big for the spoiled kids of the wealthy idle who can afford to go see her.

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