Roni's Journal

Monday, 1 January 2007

Hilary Hahn

Last year I was at a concert conducted by Zubin Metha here in Israel, with three exceptional pieces in the programme: Bizet's first symphony (the second movement of which has a most lovely oboe solo, and which inspired me to write the trio for oboe and horns), a song cycle by Chausson (about the death of love and the sea), and Prokofiev's fifth symphony, which almost literally blew me out of my seat!

Yesterday I obtained the new CD with Hilary Hahn playing Paganini and Spohr. It is fantastic. It is absolutely unbelievable. I am going to write a detailed review and post it on the web, but I already am almost prepared to vouch that this is the best recording of Paganini's No. 1 that there is, somehow so easily surpassing Kogan and Accardo. I am in search of Gil Shaham's interpretation (whose Vivaldi recordings are the best I ever heard), which is essential for the Paganini comparison.

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