Silfra: Hilary Hahn & Hauschka
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Halo of Honey
Hilary Hahn, violin
Volker Bertelmann, prepared piano
"...["Godot"]: With persistent buzzes and bonks in the keyboard...and whistling, icy scrapes from the fiddle, the piece ebbs, flows and builds slowly in a mesmerizing way...[a] fascinating new album -- where two opposite and unlikely musicians meet in a special place to make music of the unknown."
- Record Review/Tom Huizenga, NPR.com
"Bravo to the violin star for stepping out of her comfort zone of sheet music and fiddling about with German improviser Hauschka. The two holed up in Iceland together to whip out this album, some of it in one take. He plays with his piano’s guts as much as its keys. He plucks and plonks and drops bouncing balls on the taut strings. She hovers above his skittering, clockwork-like noises like clouds. What is it with Iceland? Like Björk and Sigur Rós, this music is both miniature and overwhelming. That’s nature in a nutshell, right?"
- Time Out, Chicago -- Albums of the Week
"Having previously recorded with singer-songwriters Tom Brosseau and Josh Ritter, celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn has made another stylistic left turn with "Silfra," an evocative collaboration with avant-garde composer-pianist Volker Bertelmann, who performs under the name Hauschka. Using a piano augmented by ping-pong balls and other surprises, Haushka forms an intriguing counterpoint to Hahn's excursions, making the album's 12 atmospheric compositions sound like scores for surreal short films."
- Los Angeles Times