Paris: Chausson, Prokofiev, Rautavaara | Deutsche Grammophon 4839847

Paris: Chausson, Prokofiev, Rautavaara

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4839847

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 5th March 2021

Contents

Artists

Hilary Hahn (violin)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Conductor

Mikko Franck

Works

Chausson, Ernest

Poeme, op.25

Prokofiev, Sergei

Violin Concerto no.1 in D major, op.19

Rautavaara, Einojuhani

Serenades (2)

Artists

Hilary Hahn (violin)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Conductor

Mikko Franck

About

Paris is Hilary Hahn’s comeback project after her one-year sabbatical. Now Hilary is back with her first album on Deutsche Grammophon in five years.

The new album features Poème for Violin and Orchestra by Parisian-born composer Chausson; Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no.1, first performed in Paris; and the world-premiere recording of Rautavaara’s final score, Deux Sérénades, written for and premiered by Hahn, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and its Music Director, Mikko Franck. With this project Hahn pays tribute to the rich cultural heritage of a city that has been close to her heart throughout her career.

“Paris,” says Hahn, “is about expression, it’s about emotion, it’s about feeling connected to a city and a cultural intersection, in a way that’s inspiring for the player and the listener. It has Parisian threads all the way through it. But it’s also a big reference to the arc of my career. I’ve been playing in Paris since I was a teenager.”

Reviews

Rautavaara’s ‘Sérénade pour mon amour’ has a lyricism and nobility of utterance that should appeal beyond the ranks of diehard devotees to admirers of the more melodic VW, the earlier Tippett and the lighter Sibelius. ... I doubt whether the [Prokofiev] score has ever been played ‘better’ than it is here. While others find additional pockets of charm and tenderness, few demonstrate Hahn’s grip on the argument. Never have I heard the quick-fire second movement dispatched with such focused intensity. ... The soloist’s crystalline trill-chains register clearly towards the close. Marvellous!  David Gutman (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone March 2021
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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