Hilary Hahn, CD of the Month: Dec. 2015

Hilary’s Mozart and Vieuxtemps


Watching the development of a musical career is always fascinating. Violinist Hilary Hahn has refined what was already her superb technique since her debut and she is now a violinist of impressive power and sensitivity.

 Ms. Hahn has special capabilities for playing Bach and Mozart. In this latest recording featuring the Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 and the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.4, Hilary Hahn combines Mozart’s classical era perfection with the Vieuxtemps romanticism composed as a showcase for the violinist/composer and his Guarneri del Gesu violin.

The Vieuxtemps concerto is lyrical and deeply melancholy in the slow movements, and it sparkles energetically in the Scherzo and Finale.

Hilary’s tone has always been a lovely match for Mozart’s music, and this recording is particularly nice. The quality of this recording is just superb. Rich, dynamic orchestration and a clear recording of Hilary’s sensitivity. The cadenzas in the Mozart are particularly nice, as well.

Here is Ms. Hahn in Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor with Tugan Sokhiev conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker:

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