LP 1 Special Direct-To-Disc Pressing & LP 2 Personally Selected by Hilary Hahn!
An artist portrait curated by Hilary Hahn herself, Retrospective features recordings from albums she made as a Deutsche Grammophon artist as well as almost 30 minutes of new, unreleased material from a live concert of Mozart's Violin Sonata K. 379 and new recordings of three tracks from her Encores album. Commissioned through Hahn's social media platforms, the Retrospective artwork and packaging were designed using portraits submitted by her fans. The LP version was recorded in the rare direct-to-disc technique.
The collection includes tracks from 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", with pianist Cory Smythe, from In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores. The double-disc LP version includes 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.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative programming. Her dynamic approach to music-making and her commitment to sharing her musical experiences with a broad global community have made her a fan favorite. Hahn's distinct stylistic choices honor the traditional violin literature while delving into the unexpected.
"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)
LP 1 is a special direct-to-disc pressing
LP 2 personally selected by Hilary Hahn
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Hilary Hahn, violin
London Symphony Orchestra (Vaughan Williams)
Sir Colin Davis, conductor (Vaughan Williams)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Schoenberg)
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (Schoenberg)
Matthias Goerne, bass (Bach)
Rosariou Conte, theorbo (Bach)
Kristin von der Goltz, cello (Bach)
Naoki Kitaya, organ, harpsichord (Bach)
Munchener Kammerorchester (Bach)
Alexander Leibreich, conductor (Bach)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Higdon)
Vasily Petrenko, conductor (Higdon)
Hauschka, prepared piano (Hahn/Hauschka)
Cory Smythe, piano (Mozart, Turnage, Richter, Auerbach, Dorman)
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Vieuxtemps)
Paavo Jarvi, conductor (Vieuxtemps)
Side A: Direct-To-Disc
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Violin Sonata in G major K 379 (373a)
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Tema. Andantino cantabile - Var. I-V - Tema. Allegretto
Side B: Direct-To-Disc
Mark-Anthony Turnage (*1960)
1. Hilary's Hoedown
Max Richter (*1966)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
1. The Lark Ascending
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Violin Concerto op. 36
2. 1. Poco Allegro
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
St Matthew Passion BWV 244
1. Aria "Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder"
Jennifer Higdon (*1962)
Violin Concerto - Dedicated to Hilary Hahn
2. 3. Fly Forward
Hilary Hahn (*1979) & Hauschka (*1966)
Lera Auerbach (*1973)
4. Speak, Memory
Avner Dorman (*1975)
5. Memory Games
Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor op. 31
6. 2. Adagio religioso