Hilary Hahn's CD of the Brahms and Stravinsky violin concerti won the Grammy for best instrumental soloist with orchestra, and deservedly so.
For those used to the NYCB performance of the Stravinsky violin concerto, Hahn's version is much faster in the first and last movements (which she claims is truer to the score). It's highly articulated, very clean playing, and sounds like effortless chamber music. Despite the speed, her tone is very pure and focused, and though it's not conveyed well on this recording, in live performance, she can draw a very wide range of colors from her instrument. You can hear samples of her playing on her website: http://www.hilaryhahn.com
Here's the URL to the CD's page: http://www.sonyclassical.com/music/89649/index.html
Click on "Track List" to get to the samples.
She mentions the Balanchine choreography briefly in her liner notes for the CD.
Hahn has really astounding technique, perhaps best demonstrated by the third movement of her recording of Barber's violin concerto. The tempi are so fast, that the last movement of the Barber becomes almost pointillistic in effect, with instruments popping in and out of the background, and is altogether a different conception than anything else out there.
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