Last week, my wife and I had the privilege of seeing Hilary Hahn perform the Korngold Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kennedy Center here in Washington. What a stunning performance she gave! The orchestra, particularly Carol Jantsch, sounded great on Bruckner 7 but I felt that Hilary Hahn stole the show with her performance of the concerto on the first half. Her combination of lyricism and technical wizardry is an awesome combination. This performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, one of my favorite concertos, is her as a very young professional. Both her passionate lyricism and impressive technique are on clear display here. This clip features the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel.
The shots of her playing the cadenzas with the violin section gazing on from behind her with astonishment are just great. They knew that in spite of her age, they were in the midst of greatness. Hilary Hahn is an amazing talent that every musician should try at all costs to see perform live. She is special (and the orchestra sounds amazing as well!)