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    Default Hilary Hahn CD's?

    I am about to buy my first Hilary Hahn CD, and I wanted to know: which one, out of all her CD's, is the best to buy? I just recently discovered her, and I want to get a great CD. Thanks!

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    Dude! You have just hit upon one of my favorate subjects!

    Which Hilary Hahn CD? ALL OF THEM!!!!

    I was introduced to Hilary Hahn through the movie, "The Village." I kept hearing this wonderful violin playing throughout the movie. After the movie, I went out and bought the soundtrack.

    It's freaking awsome! After that, I started collecting all of her CD's and every wrok she proforms, has this what I would call, a "trademark sound" of her's. She plays the violin with a deeply emotional, sad style, that no other player really has.

    I would recomend.......

    1. The soundtrack from the movie "The Village".

    2. The Shostakovich Violin Con.

    That's just for starters! I love Hilary Hahn!
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    She's gonna be performing at my local concert hall at the end of the year. Can't wait to see and listen to her playing .

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    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
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    Her Bach CD with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra is my favorite Bach cd of all time. Yes it may not be one for the purist. But it rocks.. And she flat nails it. Every phrase, every note, right on the money...

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    I have an autographed CD of her playing Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending coupled with Elgar's Violin Concerto. I met her last year after a concert at London's Barbican at which she played Lark A., flawlessly of course, and she came across as a warm and friendly person.
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    I went to one of her concerts at which she played the Britten Violin Concerto--a piece I don't particularly like, I might add--with the Cincinnati Orchestra, and it was absolutely amazing. I had never heard this concerto played in such a manner that actually made it interesting. She had the best finger vibrato I've ever heard. A great performance.
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    I absolutely love her!

    No matter what she plays, she has this special sound that I find very moving. I'm not sure if it is due to her style of playing, or the violin she plays, or both, but whatever it is, she one of the best in the world.

    A remarkable young lady.

    Check out her playing on the soundtrack for the movie "The Village".
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    I strongly recommend this one:


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    I'm not a big fan of hers. I find her tone to be quite brittle and her understanding of the overall structure of a piece is quite elementary.

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    Well, I prefer Fischer and Podger for Bach. However, her Mendelssohn has become THE performance I was looking for and others just no longer sound "right" to me. I think she has brought out all beauty and power behind the notes in this piece. I also like her Paganini.

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    I must admit I fall into that category too - as I have all her CD's.

    What is amazing to me is reading critics reviews of her performance and how consistent they are to each other. It is also amazing to learn how she has absolutely no ego. Very humble and wonderful personality. I love her DVD and the tour through Curtis Institute.

    I would buy all the CD's.

    I am glad to find new talent, it not that I don't like some of the old dead violinists, but there recordings are nothing like some of this new technology. I mean some I have heard are good but it is like playing a 33 1/3 record with all the pops. When you run the finest Hi-Fi equipment all the imperfections become magnified.
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    You know what, BUY THEM ALL!

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    I recommend the one that have the best photos of her.. haha just kidding.

    But here a new CD with interesting coupling.


    Amazon > http://amzn.to/K06l7v

    and my personal favorites are, mainly because of its are my favorite pieces.

    http://amzn.to/J9nYPz



    http://amzn.to/KAFZGC

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    (sorry double posting, what's wrong with my laptop??)
    Last edited by jurianbai; May-19-2012 at 16:39.

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