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Hilary Hahn Returns To Childhood Concertos on new Mozart | Vieuxtemps CD / WABE Atlanta

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From the time she learned them as a 10-year-old prodigy, Hilary Hahn has kept two classic concertos in her mind. Now 35, Hahn has recorded those works – Mozart's "Violin Concerto No. 5" and  Henri Vieuxtemps' "Violin Concerto No. 4" – in a CD released last month. She collaborated with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi, with whom she has toured and performed for several years.

"I've kept playing them all this time," Hahn said in an interview with "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes. "They've been with me for quite a while now." Hahn's first recorded orchestral release since 2010, "Mozart 5, Vieuxtemps 4" is a full tracing of a wide-ranging repertoire that has resulted in two Grammy awards and countless other recognitions.

Last weekend, Hahn played J.S. Bach, Schumann, Debussy and John Cage in recital in Chicago. Tonight, her show in St. Paul also features Bach and Schumann, along with Ravel and pieces from her Grammy-winning recording, "In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores."

In her latest CD, Hahn rekindles formative pieces. She learned the Vieuxtemps concerto from Klara Berkovich, and the Mozart concerto was mastered under the tutelage of Jascha Brodsky. It was the first piece Hahn learned after she entered the renown Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

In her interview with Reitzes, Hahn discusses the pleasures of performing Mozart with a large orchestra and the challenges of presenting the work of Vieuxtemps, well-known in the late 19th century for his violin melodies, to contemporary audiences. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW