Classical Album of the Week

Classical Album of the Week

This week’s classical album is a wonderful new one from decorated violinist Hilary Hahn.

After her last two albums of completely new compositions, Silfra and In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores, Hahn returns with the classic romantic repertoire of Mozart and Vieuxtemps.

“Ever since early childhood, opening the sheet music to a piece I love but haven’t yet played has felt like a magical combination of winning the lottery and setting out on an epic trip,” she says.

The two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist combines Mozart’s beloved Concerto in A, K 219 – including its fiery “Turkish” episode – with the rich, virtuosic romanticism of Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 4.

The selections are very personal to Hahn, having learned both concertos over 25 years ago.

“Mozart 5th and Vieuxtemps 4th are part of me,” says Hahn. “They remind me of the rich legacy of classical music and of the wonderful continuity of tradition, yet they are also timeless. When I play these notes onstage with my colleagues, I don’t reflect on the past; I’m caught up in the dialogue, looking forward to whatever the next phrase will bring.”

On the album Hahn is heard in a wonderful interplay with conductor Paavo Järvi and his orchestra The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.


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