[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 12 March 2021
DG presents three-time Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn's latest release. The new album Paris 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."
GRAMOPHONE Award Nomination 2021 - Concerto
"Hahn praises the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as one where 'emotion is embraced rather than exaggerated', and the disc is an embodiment of this crucial virtue...She admits [the Prokofiev is] technically difficult, though you wouldn't know it as her poise and silvery tone survive unscathed...The Chausson Poème is a joy from start to finish." BBC Music Five Stars
"I doubt whether [the Prokofiev] 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." Gramophone Recording of the Month March 2021
Poème for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19
Deux Sérénades (Written for Hilary Hahn)