Hilary Hahn - Retrospective

A piece I record is a piece I love.

Hilary Hahn


On January 19, Hilary Hahn releases Retrospective, an album showcasing all of her recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, along with new, unedited live performance recordings, which provide the full immediacy of the concert experience. The artwork for the album was sourced from Hahn's fans. The LP version was recorded in the rare direct-to-disc technique.

The collection includes at least one track from each of her 12 Deutsche Grammophon albums and live recordings from Hahn's Meistersaal concert in Berlin, an event especially dedicated to her fans. The recording includes the live performance of Mozart's Sonata KV 379, in addition to Max Richter's “Mercy” and Tina Davidson's “Blue Curve of the Earth,” with pianist Cory Smythe, from In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores. The double-disc LP version, which has fewer tracks overall but incorporates some additional favorite tracks, replaces “Blue Curve of the Earth” with the live recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage's “Hilary’s Hoedown,” which is also from her Encores project. In assembling this compilation, she listened to all of her DG recordings from beginning to end and realized that certain movements and pieces resonated particularly strongly with her musical trajectory.

Hahn made her first record at the age of 17: Hilary Hahn Plays Bach. She has gone on to release sixteen more albums on Deutsche Grammophon and Sony, in addition to an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack and an award-winning recording for children, and win three Grammy awards. This latest release Retrospective references Hahn’s latest decade and a half of recording activity, from age 23 to the current day.

With the double-disc LP of Retrospective Hahn is the first artist to present a direct-to-disc pressing on Deutsche Grammophon since the end of the shellac era. Direct-to-disc is the most artistically challenging recording technique due to the complete absence of editing, which provides the full immediacy of the live concert experience.

For many years, Hahn has received unsolicited works of art from fans of all ages at concerts, which she features on her website and social media. To include her fans in this retrospective and acknowledge their longtime presence in her career, Hahn decided to use fan art for both the cover and the internal booklet. She chose pieces by professional and amateur artists in Turkey, Switzerland, Canada, and the U.S., and the artists will be compensated for the use of their work.

Christine Fraser, who drew the cover art says, “Fan art seems like a way to honor a person and to visually say, 'thank-you.' In Hilary's case, she has provided me with such a wonderful array of music that I frequently listen to while drawing or painting, I wanted to show her my appreciation by creating something to convey that message. For me, it's exciting to see an artistic exchange like this, as music has always been a huge influence in my own creative process. I am both honored and inspired by this opportunity and it is an incredible feeling to be part of a collaboration that includes artists of different age groups, with different styles, and from various locations around the world.” 

Direct-to-Disc Pressing

Until the 1940s most sound recordings were made by cutting directly to a master disc. With the direct-to-disc recording process used for LP 1 in the present release, Hilary Hahn has confronted the artistic and technical challenge involved in this particular recording technique. This is a technique that is nowadays used extremely rarely, not least because few artists have the requisite ability that such a direct-to-disc recording process necessarily presupposes. With any direct-to-disc recording the microphones are connected to a cutting head. On 8 May 2016, while Hilary Hahn and Cory Smythe were performing works by Mozart, Turnage and Richter in Berlin’s Meistersaal, a stylus was cutting their interpretation directly into the grooves of the master disc. As a result the recording could not be subsequently edited, remixed or modified in any way. The master discs produced by this process then served as the mould for the pressings. This means that every single LP is an identical analogue copy of the original. Direct-to-disc means pure authenticity. In this way Hilary Hahn and Cory Smythe have produced a recording that is an unadulterated and unique expression of their artistry.

Rainer Maillard (Emil Berliner Studios)

The Album

2 CDs / Download

Int. Release 19 Jan. 2018


Tracklist

    1. CD 1
      1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
        Sonata For Piano And Violin In G Major, K.379
        1. 1.
          1a. Adagio
          5:22
        2. 2.
          1b. Allegro
          5:56
        3. 3.
          2. Thema. Andantino cantabile - Var.I-V -Allegretto
          8:08
      2. Tina Davidson (*1952)
      3. 4.
        Blue Curve Of The Earth
        4:40
      4. Max Richter (*1966)
      5. 5.
        Mercy
        5:21
        Hilary Hahn, Cory Smythe
      6. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
        Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043
        1. 6.
          2. Largo ma non tanto
          6:49
          Hilary Hahn, Margaret Batjer, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane
      7. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)
      8. 7.
        The Lark Ascending
        16:10
        Hilary Hahn, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
      9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
        Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major, K.526
        1. 8.
          3. Presto
          7:04
          Hilary Hahn, Natalie Zhu
      10. Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)
        Violin Concerto No.1 In D Major, Op.6, MS.21
        1. 9.
          3. Rondo (Allegro spirituoso)
          10:25
          Hilary Hahn, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eije Oue
    Playing Time 01:09:55
    1. CD 2
      1. Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951)
        Violin Concerto, Op.36
        1. 1.
          1. Poco Allegro
          11:36
          Hilary Hahn, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen
      2. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
        St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
        1. Part Two
          1. 2.
            No.51 Aria (Bass): "Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder"
            2:58
            Matthias Goerne, Hilary Hahn, Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich, Rosario Conte, Kristin von der Goltz, Naoki Kitaya
      3. Jennifer Higdon (*1962)
        Violin Concerto
        1. 3.
          1726
          14:26
          Hilary Hahn, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
      4. Charles Edward Ives (1874 - 1954)
        Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1
        1. 4.
          1. Andante - Allegro vivace
          6:11
          Hilary Hahn, Valentina Lisitsa
      5. Hilary Hahn (*1979), Hauschka (*1966)
      6. 5.
        Godot
        12:36
        Hilary Hahn, Hauschka
      7. Du Yun
      8. 6.
        When A Tiger Meets A Rosa Rugosa
        5:32
      9. Nico Muhly (*1981)
      10. 7.
        Two Voices
        4:59
        Hilary Hahn, Cory Smythe
      11. Henri Vieuxtemps (1820 - 1881)
        Violin Concerto No.4 In D Minor, Op.31
        1. 8.
          2. Adagio religioso (Stephan Flock Remix)
          6:21
          Hilary Hahn, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi
    Playing Time 01:04:39

2 LPs

Int. Release 19 Jan. 2018

LP 1 is recorded as Direct-to-Disc


Tracklist

    1. LP 1, Side 1
      1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
        Sonata For Piano And Violin In G Major, K.379
        1. 1.
          1. Adagio - Allegro
          5:26
        2. 2.
          2. Andantino Cantabile (Theme And Variations)
          5:56
        3. 3.
          3. Allegretto
          8:44
          Hilary Hahn, Cory Smythe
    2. LP 1, Side 2
      1. Mark-Anthony Turnage (*1960)
      2. 1.
        Hilary’s Hoedown
        1:59
      3. Max Richter (*1966)
      4. 2.
        Mercy
        5:20
        Hilary Hahn, Cory Smythe
    Playing Time 00:27:25
    1. LP 2, Side 1
      1. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)
      2. 1.
        The Lark Ascending
        16:11
        Hilary Hahn, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
      3. Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951)
        Violin Concerto, Op.36
        1. 2.
          1. Poco Allegro
          11:36
          Hilary Hahn, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen
    2. LP 2, Side 2
      1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
        St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
        1. Part Two
          1. 1.
            No.51 Aria (Bass): "Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder"
            2:59
            Matthias Goerne, Hilary Hahn, Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich, Rosario Conte, Kristin von der Goltz, Naoki Kitaya
      2. Jennifer Higdon (*1962)
        Violin Concerto
        1. 2.
          Fly Forward
          5:09
          Hilary Hahn, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
      3. Hilary Hahn (*1979), Hauschka (1966)
      4. 3.
        Stillness
        1:45
        Hilary Hahn, Hauschka
      5. Lera Auerbach (*1973)
      6. 4.
        Speak, Memory
        3:17
      7. Avner Dorman (*1975)
      8. 5.
        Memory Games
        5:01
        Hilary Hahn, Cory Smythe
      9. Henri Vieuxtemps (1820 - 1881)
        Violin Concerto No.4 In D Minor, Op.31
        1. 6.
          2. Adagio religioso (Stephan Flock Remix)
          6:17
          Hilary Hahn, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi
    Playing Time 00:52:15

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