We got the chance to phone Hilary, and well, that Tchaikovsky concerto, what's up with it? Actually, I just recorded it, she said. It will be a while before it comes out, but I spent a lot of time with this piece this fall. It's a combination of styles. People say it's a very romantic piece, but it has a lot of classical elements. It has subtle aspects to it that are fun to explore...It's not heart-rending, loud bombastic stuff, there are a lot of beautiful melodies. A lot of people, when they think of this concerto, they think of a hugely romantic work, in all ways. I hear a lot of layers to it, other than this one impression you might get. There is a lot more under the surface. And if you focus only on one part of it, you miss out on a lot of subtelties and structural elements, and that's what I try to bring out when I play...It will be a very responsive orchestra for it. I play the piece as it's written, I don't take any cut, I play all the orginal notes. It's a slightly different way of doing it, so it's great to have a flexible orchestra. Yep, top 13 orchestra in the world!