In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores

by Hilary Hahn


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In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores

Unlike most albums of violin encores featuring the most popular showpieces in the repertoire, In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores introduces original works for violin and piano that have been specially commissioned by Hilary Hahn in an effort to rejuvenate this specialized musical category. The pieces recorded here are not easy to pigeonhole, either stylistically or by moods, and while Hahn and pianist Cory Smythe bring considerable verve and presence to each, they all have distinctive characteristics and sound profiles: some are bright and virtuosic, and others rhythmic and dancelike, while still others are serious and thoughtful. The roster of composers includes some familiar names, such as David del Tredici, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Lera Auerbach, James Newton Howard, and Max Richter, along with 21 other composers from around the world, showing Hahn's openness to many traditions and expressions outside standard European classics. Of course, encores are usually presented at the end of recitals and given a certain pride of place in that spot, so they tend to receive focused attention. In a setting of nothing but encores, especially in a double-CD package, they tend to compete for the listener's attention, and some naturally will require repeated listening to create a stronger impression. Taken altogether, this is an attractive collection of chamber music, and Hahn's project is an unqulified success.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2013
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947917250
catalogNumber: 001910302
Rank: 31715


  1. Mercy, for violin & piano
  2. Levitation, for violin & piano
  3. Two Voices, for violin & piano
  4. 133...At Least, for violin & piano
  5. Memories, for violin & piano
  6. Storm of the Eye, for violin & piano
  7. Hilary's Hoedown, for violin & piano
  8. The Angry Birds of Kauai, for violin & piano
  9. Coming To, for violin & piano
  10. Blue Curve of the Earth, for violin & piano
  11. Speak, Memory, for violin & piano
  12. Aalap and Tarana, for violin & piano
  13. Pieces (2) for violin & piano
  14. Echo Dash, for violin & piano
  15. Shade, for violin & piano
  16. Torua, for violin & piano
  17. Whispering, for violin & piano
  18. Ford's Farm, for violin & piano
  19. Farewell, for violin & piano
  20. Memory Games, for violin & piano
  21. Third Sigh, for violin & piano
  22. Blue Fiddle, for violin & piano
  23. Solitude d'automne, for violin & piano
  24. Light Moving, for violin & piano
  25. When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa, for violin & piano
  26. Bifu, for violin & piano
  27. Impulse, for violin & piano

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