Hilary Hahn in conversation with Albrecht Mayer (16 min.)
Despite her youth, the violinist Hilary Hahn can already look back on a long and extraordinary career. The artist has played with all the renowned orchestras of the world; since her debut in 1999, she has performed numerous times with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Almost no other violinist has so espoused unknown or underappreciated works as has Hilary Hahn: she released, for instance, well-received recordings of fellow American Charles Ives’s sonatas and of Arnold Schoenberg’s highly complex violin concerto. On the occasion of her interpretation of Vieuxtemps’s rarely heard Fourth Violin Concerto in May 2014, Hahn speaks with the principal oboist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Albrecht Mayer, about her programme selection, about how one’s vision of very familiar works changes over time, and about the proper balance between agreement and freedom in the interplay between soloist and orchestra.