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Hilary Hahn, Violin and Voice, Barbican | reviews, news & interviews

Hilary Hahn, Violin and Voice, Barbican

Hilary Hahn, Violin and Voice, Barbican

Singers Matthias Goerne and Mojca Erdmann join violinist in Bach delight

The considerate violinist: Hilary HahnKasskara/DG
Concert programming can become a little bit predictable, don’t you think? If we’re honest, there are quite a lot of standard programmes bouncing around our halls at the moment. Don’t get me wrong; I understand that putting together an original and enticing programme isn’t easy. There are problems by the bucketload: what to pair with a big symphony, other than another big symphony; what to partner with a radical contemporary piece, other than Bach or something medieval; what to put before Rach 2 at a Proms concert, other than 50 minutes of Xenakis; how to make a concert of bleeding chunks remotely worthy? That sort of thing. And the list goes on. But how refreshing that last night at the Barbican Hilary Hahn succeeded in providing us with something altogether rather different.

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