Is Hilary Hahn the violin legend of our time? Look at what is unfolding before us. As Hilary Hahn works her way through the cycle of recording the greatest violin concertos, she consistently approaches or meets the benchmark for those works: The recordings of Brahms/Stravinsky, Beethoven/Bernstein, Barber/Meyer and Shostakovich/Mendelssohn are amazing, to name just a few. Plus she has made fabulous recording of other recording works, like her amazing debut as a teenager of the Bach sonatas and partitas.
Because of personal tastes, not everyone will love all her recordings. Personally, I dislike her way-to-fast recording of the Bach violin concerto in E major, although I repect her technique on the recording and her interpretation of concerto for two violins. (I hope she re-records the E major in a decade or two with a regular interpretation). Yet the number of her homeruns compares favorably to Itzhak Perlman, Jascha Heifetz or anyone else.
And then this spring she released yet another benchmark or near-benchmark recording of the "unplayable" Schoenberg concerto with a performance of the Sibelius concerto that shows a very special and mature touch.
One reason I am writing this is because, in a previous discussion of the Bach concerto (I dislike), I regret that I said something along the lines that her technique is astonishing but that her best years of artistic interpretation are still ahead. She has already arrived.
If her best years are still ahead... hmmm...
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