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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! :eek: 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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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. :cool:

Check out her playing on the soundtrack for the movie "The Village". :D
 

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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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Hilary Hahn Fan

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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I have almost all of her recordings. My advice, whatever you choose, stay away from her Paganini & Spohr. While Hilary's performance on it is debatable (some like it, some hate it, just take a look at the reviews of that CD on Amazon), the orchestra (Swedish Radio Symphony) supporting her on that CD is a total disaster, it sounds like a soviet marching band. Pretty much everything else by her is great. Between me and my wife, the most number of plays has "Bach Concertos" (I just checked the count in iTunes).
 

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I have almost all of her recordings. My advice, whatever you choose, stay away from her Paganini & Spohr. While Hilary's performance on it is debatable (some like it, some hate it, just take a look at the reviews of that CD on Amazon), the orchestra (Swedish Radio Symphony) supporting her on that CD is a total disaster, it sounds like a soviet marching band. Pretty much everything else by her is great. Between me and my wife, the most number of plays has "Bach Concertos" (I just checked the count in iTunes).
Who writes these reviews on Amazon?
 
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