Roni's Journal

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Review: Paganini – Violin Concerto No. 1 / Hahn

Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6

Hilary Hahn is making history as we speak: this classical music recording puts her among the top violinists in the world.

An astonishing performance unlike any existing one, especially with regard to form, intonation and musical insight of the violinist.

Read and listen:

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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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