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Violin Sonatas

Hilary Hahn , Natalie Zhu Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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The 2013-14 season marks the 30th anniversary of Hahn’s first violin lesson. In the two decades since her professional debut, Hahn has followed her passion for adventurous programming, delving into core repertoire, contemporary music, and less familiar classic compositions with equal commitment; and bringing virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and daring repertoire choices to diverse ... Read more in Amazon's Hilary Hahn Store

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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0009JAENU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hilary Hahn is a splendid violinist, with an easy, flawless technique and a tone of pristine purity. She has already gained a reputation as a singularly serious performer; even her photographs show her in strikingly thoughtful poses. Indeed, her approach to the four Mozart sonatas on this recording seems to be almost too thoughtful: everything is so carefully planned that there is no room for imagination or spontaneity. Her tone is invariably beautiful but never varies in color or intensity; shifts of mood and character are heralded with tempo changes, ritards, breaks, and long pauses, even when Mozart clearly indicates a connection, as in the Finale of the Sonata K. 526. The ensemble with her long-time friend and partner Natalie Zhu is excellent, but they seem to have agreed to disagree on certain points, such as the execution of trills and ornaments, and the articulation of short notes: Hahn's playing is rounder and more lyrical, Zhu's brisker and more pointed. Both follow the current trend of superimposing dynamics and contrasts on the written score, as if they did not trust the music to speak for itself, but this only results in fussiness and a loss of continuity and simplicity. However, the balance is so good that the interchange between more and less prominent voices comes out perfectly. --Edith Eisler

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and Daring October 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Hilary Hahn's playing always combines a powerful interpretation with meticulous technique that may very well be the cleanest on the planet. This naturally provokes a lot of curiosity as to how she might approach Mozart, and this disc certainly doesn't disappoint. In this recording she plays the most famous and representative of the Mozart sonatas, and as you might suspect Hahn brings them to life with penetrating intellect and sparkling clarity.

This recording also features a break with traditional articulation. Most modern instrument recordings feature smooth, singing lyricism contrasted with lilting, dance-like lifts of the bow. Hahn defies this tradition, preferring to keep better control of tone with her bow on the string, even in runs that are traditionally bounced for percussive effect. This may disappoint Mozart listeners who feel "dancing" is the only appropriate contrast to "singing", but the result is that Hahn's sound is warm and lush and the resulting continuity allows longer phrasing that is not constantly chopped apart by excessive contrasts in technique.

If you never listen to a lot of Mozart, I think it's unlikely that this rather esoteric debate will affect your experience at all. I warmly recommend this recording as a great value for both its fabulous playing and the very generous and discriminating selection of sonatas included.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finer newer releases January 9, 2006
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With the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birthday in 2006, a new crop of Mozart recordings have been released, including many of his sonatas for violin and pianoforte. Among these are fresh recordings from Mark Steinberg/Mitsuko Uchida, Hilary Hahn/Natalie Zhu, Anne-Sofie Mutter/Lambert Orkis(Aug.'06), Andrew Manze/Richard Elgar and Rachel Podger/Gary Cooper - the latter two on period violin and period fortepiano. Depending on how one feels this music should be played will determine what most appeals to you. All of these new additions seemed to get mixed reviews from the music press. Often in these reviews, mention is made of the historic "Reference Recordings" - those superlative readings that set the standard. And in the case of Mozart's violin sonatas, we have the legendary works of Arther Grumiaux/Haskill and Szeryng/Haebler - both recorded in the 1970's - as well as Perlman/Ashkenazy. Grumiaux in particular of often cited as the standard for Mozart (for most critics) with his ever-smooth, elegant, galante manner and beautiful tonal coloration and equisite vibrato. Like the lead reviewer properly stated in the review on Rachel Podger's release, any artist undertaking such works as these best study the greats that have gone before them.

Out of these newer releases mentioned, the performance that seems to have heeded such advice is that of Hilary Hahn and Natalie Zu - whose readings exude "Mozart" the most clearly and approach the elegance and grace of the past legends. As much as I greatly admire Podger and Manze in the Baroque repertoire, I have to say their take on Mozart did not captivate me. However fans of theirs will likely find much to celebrate - and the fortepiano in those recordings certainly evokes the era of Amadeus.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Recording! November 14, 2005
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I grade my CD's based on how often I play them. I have not removed this recording from my CD player since I bought it. It just keeps becoming more enjoyable. Because of that, I rate this CD 5 stars and well worth it! This one has got to be one of Hilary's best. Power, brilliance and grace mark this entire recording. I have had the privilege of seeing Hilary and Natalie perform this music together so the CD also brings to life the memory of the flawless performances by these two on stage.

Highly Recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this recording. June 2, 2006
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Just got it today and have only listened to it twice, but I think this one is going to get listened to a lot.

I was wondering why it seemed so enchanting to me. I have heard each of them 3 or 4 times when they were at Curtis together and once in a mini concert together back then. It finally struck me that in addition to fine musicianship, an interpretation that suits my prejudices and all the other fine things the other reviewers said... they play so wonderfully together. I had never realized how much that could add, but doing the dance of the music together the way they do on this recording adds a magical quality.

I hope Natalie Zhu records some solo things. If she does, I'm a buyer.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiddling With Reason October 18, 2005
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This CD contains the most representative sonatas for violin and piano by the great master. It is apt to issue this number during the year's celebration for Mozart's great life and the unimaginable richness in his musical legacy to the posterity. These pieces are unlike Papa Haydn's violin sonatas, in which the violin only plays a secondary role and most of the melodies are on the keyboard. Mozart innovated the genre and elevated the status of violin in the sense that both instruments are partners, with no dominance between the two. Any commentary on the music here will be unnecessary and extraneous since Mozart's masterworks speak for themselves, especially in this CD. Anyone with sense of beauty and symmetry will appreciate it.

Both Ms. Hahn and Ms. Zhu are up to the task in the performance, which is impassioned but with proper reserve and mannerism befitting the "Age of Enlightenment". Namely, it is a rendition with poise and restrain imposed by reason. The execution of passage works is flawless and crystal clean for both performers.

The only flaw, seems to me, is that violin part is too loud when piano has the theme melodies. I doubt Ms. Hahn, as a seasoned player, would commit such mistake, therefore, it is reasonable to attribute this dissonance in an otherwise perfect achievement to acoustic in the recording session.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
You can't go wrong with Hilary and Mozart! What a beautiful combination. I'm very glad I added this to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by C. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautful!
A great recording with two excellent soloists playing sublime music.Absolutely superb.Anyone who loves Mozart would admire this recording.I would highly recommend this recording.
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Montemuro
5.0 out of 5 stars All is right in this music making
Delicate, delightful Mozart is here played by compatible collaborators whose performance is competently captured in digital stereo on a flawlessly produced compact disc.
Published 8 months ago by Simcha
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous music, musicians
I have become a Hillary Hahn fan. She and Natalie Zhu have produced a lovely recording that I will enjoy for a long time!
Published 13 months ago by William N. Copeland
4.0 out of 5 stars Young and Fresh Mozart!
I love Hilary's performance! Her Mort is so fresh! But I also think I want to listen her Mozart after she is aged. I may think she will make her own Mozart!
Published 20 months ago by tuttie_LA
5.0 out of 5 stars great performance
Normally I prefer Anne Sophie Mutter for all Mozart stuff for violin, but this reccord changed my mind about hilary hahn playing Mozart. The violin sound is exact and brillant. Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Thomas Espinoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilary and Natalie -- What a team!
I love Hilary Hahn. Just listened to her Barber and OMG. The third movement is crazy fast and super snazzy! Yes, I said Snazzy. But back to Mozart. Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by PianoMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
What a joy to listen to these sonatas by these two lovely young ladies. I have this CD in the car and listen over and over. I never get tired of it. Joyous!
Published on January 27, 2011 by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Combination
These two young women appear to have ultimate respect and trust in each other's capacities, because the combination is liquid, understated and magical. Read more
Published on November 30, 2010 by Ian B. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars A Labor of Love
Listening to these two marvelously talented young women play this delightful music is an occasion for great joy. Read more
Published on July 8, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
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