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Higdon & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos
     

Higdon & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos

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by Hilary Hahn
 
Higdon & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos demonstrates Hilary Hahn's commitment to exploring new music while embracing the masterworks of the past. The disc features the world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto. Higdon developed an intimate familiarity with Hahn's impeccable artistry after serving as the virtuoso's twentieth-century music

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Higdon & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos demonstrates Hilary Hahn's commitment to exploring new music while embracing the masterworks of the past. The disc features the world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto. Higdon developed an intimate familiarity with Hahn's impeccable artistry after serving as the virtuoso's twentieth-century music professor at the Curtis Institute. The concerto, hailed by the Baltimore Sun as "tailor-made to the violinist's unflappable technique and musical depth," appears along with Hahn's fresh take on the monumental Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

This album is not the first time that Hahn has explored the connections between two concertos that come from dramatically different origins; Barber & Meyer Violin Concertos (2000), Paganini & Spohr Concertos (2006), and the Grammy Award-winning Schoenberg & Sibelius Violin Concertos (2008) have all demonstrated Hahn's brilliant playing and her keen sensitivity to the violin repertoire. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe - Matthew Guerrieri
The Higdon Concerto is very finely crafted indeed. The composer's trump card is her preternaturally apt orchestration, a balanced depth of sound in which even odd touches -- a woozy flexatone; a nasal, organlike woodwind choir -- enhance the smooth sheen of the whole. (The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conducted by Vasily Petrenko, brings out the score's velvety potential.) Hahn is excellent, the part ideal for her meticulous tone: fine-grained and silvery, bringing out a classicism in the Tchaikovsky, emphasizing Higdon's cosmopolitan eloquence.
National Public Radio - Tom Huizenga
An unusual pairing of two concertos -- one warhorse and one freshly minted.... The [Tchaikovsky] concerto still is like climbing a mountain for most violinists. But, then, Hilary Hahn isn't anything like most violinists. She may still look like a teenager, but she has matured from a phenomenon into a thoughtful musician -- always curious, always willing to take a risk.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2010
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947787778
catalogNumber:
001469802
Rank:
4051

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Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

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