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Hilary Hahn - Bach: Violin Concertos / Kahane, La Co


Release Date: 09/09/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000098602   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hilary HahnMargaret BatjerAllan Vogel
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hilary Hahn's first recording for DG confirms her growing reputation as one of the finest violinists of our time, irrespective of age. This is Bach playing of truly extraordinary quality, from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as much as the soloist(s). Conductor Jeffrey Kahane and Hahn together bring an absolutely toe-tapping abandon to the outer movements of the E major concerto, and the central Adagio emerges as a major slow movement, pure poetry with the continuo harpsichord thankfully not too prominent but perfectly placed to add a touch of definition to the bass lines.


Perhaps what makes this collection so remarkable from the solo point of view is the fact that Hahn doesn't take the spotlight, front and center,
Read more but gives the music the chamber-like interplay and "concerto grosso" feel that produces a more "authentic" impression than many performances using period instruments. It goes without saying that her own contribution is extremely well executed, perfect in intonation, and she controls her vibrato in the slow movements in a way that never makes the music sound mushy or overly sentimental--but she remains very much "first among equals". In the double concerto, she and Margaret Batjer match their tones with uncanny accuracy, and Hahn's interplay with oboist Allan Vogel in the C minor double concerto is a model of what a gracious musical dialog should be.


In short, you won't find these works better played by anyone, or given more pleasingly listenable interpretations. My only quibble concerns DG's sonics, which turn a touch hard in the violin's upper register and only reluctantly permit a true piano in quieter passages, though given the extrovert nature of the playing there aren't all that many of those. Otherwise, the recording is excellently balanced and clear, and this is in all respects an extremely auspicious debut recording for Hahn on her new label.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hilary Hahn (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Colburn School of Performing Arts, CA 
Length: 16 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Batjer (Violin), Hilary Hahn (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Colburn School of Performing Arts, CA 
Length: 14 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hilary Hahn (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Colburn School of Performing Arts, CA 
Length: 13 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Allan Vogel (Oboe), Hilary Hahn (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Colburn School of Performing Arts, CA 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No.2 In E, BWV 1042: 1. Allegro
Violin Concerto No.2 In E, BWV 1042: 2. Adagio
Violin Concerto No.2 In E, BWV 1042: 3. Allegro assai
Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043: 1. Vivace
Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto
Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043: 3. Allegro
Violin Concerto No.1 In A Minor, BWV 1041: 1. (Allegro moderato)
Violin Concerto No.1 In A Minor, BWV 1041: 2. Andante
Violin Concerto No.1 In A Minor, BWV 1041: 3. Allegro assai
Concerto For 2 Harpsichords, Strings, And Continuo In C Minor, BWV 1060 - Arr. For Violin, Oboe, Strings & Continuo: 1. Allegro
Concerto For 2 Harpsichords, Strings, And Continuo In C Minor, BWV 1060 - Arr. For Violin, Oboe, Strings & Continuo: 2. Adagio
Concerto For 2 Harpsichords, Strings, And Continuo In C Minor, BWV 1060 - Arr. For Violin, Oboe, Strings & Continuo: 3. Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 SNAKE CHARMERS October 2, 2014 By T. Rocchetti (Toms River, NJ) See All My Reviews "Once lured in by Hilary Hahn's Violin and Allan Vogel's Oboe - the Snake Charmers - hooked for life. So, so beautifully played. So, so beautifully begins and ends my day. I don’t want to listen to anything else. Thank you." Report Abuse
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