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Hilary Hahn's dream program comes together with 'Paris' / 90.1WRTI: Classical Album of the Week

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90.1WRTI's SUSAN LEWIS writes......Recorded before the 2020 shutdown, and released with the end of the pandemic almost in sight, Hilary Hahn's album Paris reminds us of the power of music to uplift and connect us. 

The three works on the album span centuries and emotions, with Sergei Prokofiev's lively and vibrant 1st violin concerto from 1917, a luscious Poeme by Ernest Chausson from 1896, and the 2019 posthumous world premiere of Deux Serenades, the last work written by the prolific Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

"It's really my dream program for this collaboration," says Hahn, a multiple Grammy winner, known for her virtuosity and innovative projects and collaborations. Entering the Curtis Institute of Music when she was 10 years old, she soon began performing with ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony, and signed her first recording deal at 16.  The album Paris arose from her 2018-2019 residency with the Paris-based Orchestre Philharmonie de Radio France (OPRF), as part of Music Director Mikko Franck's tenure.

Track list:

Chausson: Poeme for Violin and Orchestra

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1

Rautavaara: Deux Serenades for violin and orchestra