Mendelssohn & Shostakovich: Violin Concertos
Hilary Hahn, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Hugh Wolff
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HAHN IS AWESOME!!!
I am not so well acquainted with Mendelssohn, but I do quite like his violin concerto here. The Andante especially was very lyric and beautifully played. Hahn's violin playing is in my opinion perfect technically, musically, and emotionally. She makes the virtuosic violin part sound effortless in any recording I've heard from her, which is amazing!!
I am more familiar with the Shostakovich, as he is one of my favourite composers of all time. Her playing of the A minor concerto is POWERFUL!!! Just superb! I loved every second of it. She also seemed to give proper emphasis to the DSCH motif. I had the feeling that she played without any emotional restraint, which I think is very important, and hard to pull off, but she does amazingly! This is a very powerful and moving album, and you need to buy it!!
Hahn somehow manages to make one of the most angst ridden, painful pieces of music ever writen sound pleasant and happy. This is not a positive thing. Shostakovitch Violin Concerto No 1 should bring you to tears not out of the beauty of the notes, but of the pain of war torn Russia. The Cadenza especially should make you wail and rend your garments. Her performance is upbeat and chearful, lacking none of the emotion the composer intended. Compare hers to performances like David Oistrakh and the contrast is staggering. Hahn is a meal of water and white bread, bland, tasteless, and unfulfilling.
The tempi she takes are out of this world. Her presicion is unprecedented and her expression is perfect. Everything about this recording blows my mind. The Shostakovich is especially incredible.
Born: November 27, 1979 in Lexington, VA
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s