IN TEXAS, THEY LIKE IT BIG

February 4, 2013 – 4:26 am

A high-intensity classical explosion.

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DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with HILARY HAHN and conductor JAAP VAN ZWEDEN
Beethoven Leonore Overture; Korngold Concerto for Violin; Beethoven Symphony No. 5 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, November 1, 2012. Broadcast January 21, 2013. Excellent FM stereo.

“On Sunday afternoon, the Beethoven works were given full-throttle readings, and the Korngold sounded simultaneously detailed yet carefree. This was, along with a scintillating Pines of Rome back in September, the most brilliant playing I’ve heard from the DSO this season, and Ms Hahn stood out as one of the best out of the uniformly phenomenal soloists who’ve come to town recently…

“Ms Hahn’s implacable technique, massive yet easy sound, and cool stage demeanor lent themselves well to the Korngold Violin Concerto. She was doggedly attentive to the music’s twists and turns, integrating cadenza-like outbursts into the fabric of the piece, and making each note and harmony speak with the relevance needed to make this concerto come alive. The undulating, kaleidoscopic accompaniment provided by the DSO helped bring to all climaxes and resolutions a sense of proportion, essential in such a meandering work. Perhaps Ms Hahn could have chosen simplicity as a guiding element in certain places, but then again, it’s hard to argue with a performance as good as hers.”

Concert review by Evan Mitchell at bachtrack.com (click here)

What is it about Texas, the Lone Star state? Big population, big land area and this “huge” reading of Beethoven’s Fifth that’s electrifying. This is the one that goes “Ta Ta Ta Taaaa…” Give your stereo a good workout, play this loud. Master violinist Hilary Hahn’s reading of Korngold also gets ready support from the DSO. Aggressive. Thanks to jingledale for sharing this radio recording.

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Program:
BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3, Opus 72b
KORNGOLD: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Opus 35
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67

Disc 1 (44:42)
Track 101. Intro [2:06]
Track 102. Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3 [13:17]
Track 103. Intro [3:21]
Track 104. Korngold - Violin Concerto I - Moderato nobile [8:55]
Track 105. Korngold - Violin Concerto II - Romanze Andante [8:03]
Track 106. Korngold - Violin Concerto III - Finale Allegro assai vivace [7:00]
Track 107. Outro [2:00]

Disc 2 (41:24)
Track 201. Intro [0:59]
Track 202. Beethoven - Symphony 5 I - Allegro con brio [6:42]
Track 203. Beethoven - Symphony 5 II - Andante con moto [8:23]
Track 204. Beethoven - Symphony 5 III - Scherzo. Allegro [3:21]
Track 205. Beethoven - Symphony 5 IV - Allegro [10:49]
Track 206. Outro [2:47]
Track 207. Hilary Hahn Interview [8:24]

Classical violinist Hilary Hahn does something different with her latest album, Silfra. Recorded in progressive Iceland, Hahn has Bjork producer Valgeir Sigurõsson turning the knobs. This is a collaborative album with new music pianist Hauschka. All the music here is “new” and genuinely improvised. Quite an eye-opener. Buy it here.

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  1. 3 Responses to “IN TEXAS, THEY LIKE IT BIG”

  2. Where this works, it is wonderful. Thank you, BigO, DSO, Hilary Hahn and Van Zweden, and also to jingledale.

    By 4yrsnojob on Feb 4, 2013

  3. I’m still getting used to van Zweden’s blitzkrieg tempos on classics like the Fifth, but when the DSO plays with this kind of intensity, it’s hard not to be a convert.

    Hahn’s playing just keeps getting better and better, but the Korngold is my least favorite piece that she’s done with the DSO.

    DSO Mozart Festival broadcasts coming up next month, cough cough.

    By none more jaap on Feb 5, 2013

  4. Great sound on this. Wonderful stuff.

    By YogaforCynics on Feb 11, 2013

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