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In 27 Pieces - The Encores / Hilary Hahn, violin; Cory Smythe, piano

Album Summary

>Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz : Impulse, for violin & piano
>Satoh, Somei : Bifu, for violin & piano
>Yun, Du : When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa, for violin & piano
>Lang, David : Light Moving, for violin & piano
>Lam, Bun-Ching : Solitude d'automne, for violin & piano
>Moravec, Paul : Blue Fiddle, for violin & piano
>Abril, Anton Garcia : Third Sigh, for violin & piano
>Dorman, Avner : Memory Games, for violin & piano
>Del Tredici, David : Farewell, for violin & piano
>Bates, Mason : Ford's Farm, for violin & piano
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Whispering, for violin & piano
>Whitehead, Gillian : Torua, for violin & piano
>Barrett, Richard : Shade, for violin & piano
>Higdon, Jennifer : Echo Dash, for violin & piano
>Hatzis, Christos : Coming To, for violin & piano
>Myers, Jeff : The Angry Birds of Kauai, for violin & piano
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Hilary's Hoedown, for violin & piano
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
>Ramnath, Kala : Aalap and Tarana, for violin & piano
>Auerbach, Lera : Speak, Memory, for violin & piano
>Davidson, Tina : Blue Curve of the Earth, for violin & piano
>Sharp, Elliott : Storm of the Eye, for violin & piano
>Oshima, Michiru : Memories, for violin & piano
>Howard, James Newton : 133...At Least, for violin & piano
>Muhly, Nico : Two Voices, for violin & piano
>Eichberg, Soren Nils : Levitation, for violin & piano
>Richter, Max : Mercy, for violin & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn embarks on a new project "in 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores", for which she has commissioned no fewer than 26 international composer to write new encores for violin and piano.

For the 27th encore she ran an innovative online competition through her website which inspired an incredible 400 entries! Hilary went through every single one herself and chose the winner to be Hawaiian-based composer Jeff Myers for his encore, Angry Birds of Kauai. For every submission received to this blind contest, $2 was donated to the music programs of Dramatic Need.

The recording, with pianist Cory Smythe was made following two acclaimed world tours in which Hilary premiered all of the new works, live in concert.

Hilary brings to each musical miniature her famous artistic conviction, longstanding passion for new music and, of course, her breathtaking virtuosity.

The album is a roll-call of contemporary composers including Nico Muhly, Jennifer Higdon, James Newton Howard, Max Richter, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Lera Auerbach,, Elliott Sharp, Mason Bates, Valentin Silvestrov Mark Anthony Turnage, David Lang, Du Yun, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh.

A must-have album for Hilary Hahn's devoted fans and everyone interested in the regeneration of the violin repertoire.

The Times
I believe that the point of an encore is to create a little world of its own in a very short time, and that's what all these pieces do.

The Wall Street Journal
Having long exhibited mastery in the works already written for her instrument, she has recently been zealously commissioning new pieces.

The Cincinnati Enquirer
What surprised me most is the way each piece represents its composer's specific musical language. I find myself working very hard to get into each composer's way of writing so that I understand on an innate level how they have structured every aspect of their pieces, from phrase to harmonies and even violinistic techniques.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Hilary Hahn is a goldmine for DG. She is both photogenic and phonogenic. She is intelligent, curious, independent, strong, and fearless. The program is kind of like a cross-section of 21st-Century music. The pieces can be divided into a handful of types. All the playing is strong and vigilantly accurate. This is a very easy and satisfying way to learn about the kinds of music that people young and older are writing @Author:in our still-new 21st Century.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio, Berlin (05/2012/02/2013).



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Works Details

>Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz : Impulse, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Satoh, Somei : Bifu, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Yun, Du : When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lang, David : Light Moving, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lam, Bun-Ching : Solitude d'automne, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Moravec, Paul : Blue Fiddle, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Abril, Anton Garcia : Third Sigh, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dorman, Avner : Memory Games, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Del Tredici, David : Farewell, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bates, Mason : Ford's Farm, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Whispering, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Hilary Hahn (Violin); Corey Smythe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Whitehead, Gillian : Torua, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Barrett, Richard : Shade, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Higdon, Jennifer : Echo Dash, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hatzis, Christos : Coming To, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Myers, Jeff : The Angry Birds of Kauai, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Hilary's Hoedown, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ramnath, Kala : Aalap and Tarana, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Auerbach, Lera : Speak, Memory, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Davidson, Tina : Blue Curve of the Earth, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sharp, Elliott : Storm of the Eye, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Oshima, Michiru : Memories, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Howard, James Newton : 133...At Least, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Muhly, Nico : Two Voices, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Eichberg, Soren Nils : Levitation, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Richter, Max : Mercy, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary