1 800 222 6872

Higdon & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos / Hilary Hahn

Audio Samples

>Higdon, Jennifer : Concerto for Violin
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35

Album Summary

>Higdon, Jennifer : Concerto for Violin
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
Performer Conductor Ensemble
  • >
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn (who won the 2008 Grammy for best instrumental solo with orchestra) releases a very personal and unique album devoted to a recently commissioned concerto and a staple of the violin repertoire. Hahn performs Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto, which was written expressly for the violinist and recently awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Hahn and Higdon first met at the Curtis Institute where Hahn attended Higdon's class on 20th-century music history. The Higdon, which was premiered on February 6, 2009 in Indianapolis, is here paired with Tchaikovsky's concerto from 1878 (first performed in 1881). Initially thought to be unplayable and critically condemned, the work has emerged as one of the most popular and enduring works for violin and orchestra.

"[Hilary Hahn] gives a characteristically brilliant performance, mixing clarity, sensitivity and energy... the concerto itself is a knockout - a canny, evocative and exciting score that marks a major addition to the repertoire... Hahn's playing brings out the self-assured lyricism of the music, especially in the slow movement, and conductor Vasily Petrenko leads a brisk and robust performance." -San Francisco Chronicle

"The Higdon Concerto is very finely crafted indeed. The composer's trump card is her preternaturally apt orchestration, a balanced depth of sound in which even odd touches - a woozy flexatone; a nasal, organlike woodwind choir - enhance the smooth sheen of the whole. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conducted by Vasily Petrenko, brings out the score's velvety potential. Hahn is excellent, the part ideal for her meticulous tone: fine-grained and silvery, bringing out a classicism in the Tchaikovsky, emphasizing Higdon's cosmopolitan eloquence." -Boston Globe

"Now there's no need to cower behind the sofa. Higdon's no ogre like Schoenberg...She's an audience-friendly composer who almost writes tunes and orchestrates with great finesse...Yet there's nothing lightweight about the piece's technical demands...Ever dextrous, rhythmically alert, unwavering in pitch, Hahn survives them with ease."-The Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall (11/2008).



Reviews

A curious but successful coupling
Higdon's concerto is endlessly inventive, but it's closer to Stravinsky than Tchaikovsky. Both works well played, especially by the orchestra: http://www.classical-cd-reviews.com/2011/02/higdon-tchaikovsky-concertos-hilary.html
Submitted on 02/06/11 by Gavin Dixon 
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased



Previous


Next


Works Details

>Higdon, Jennifer : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Running Time: 31 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
  • Performer: Hilary Hahn (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Running Time: 36 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878