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Hilary Hahn Plays Bach: Sonatas 1 & 2 Partita 1

2018 –

 

Hahn’s relationship with Bach goes back to her earliest studies of the violin, which included practicing or performing one movement of the sonatas or partitas every day. She continues to work on solo Bach nearly every day, also programming a sonata or partita in many recitals, offering movements as encores after concertos, and presenting Bach in her spontaneous “mini concerts” for babies and their parents, knitting circles, and yoga studios. Most of all, she continues to love the music and to turn to it as a source of both reflection and challenge.

“You can’t get away with anything in Bach,” Hahn explained in a Gramophone magazine cover story in 2000. “You can’t focus on the technique and forget about the phrasing, and you can’t focus on the phrasing and forget the technique because neither will work. You also have to balance voices. It’s a challenge to phrase each voice individually, to play everything the way it should be played technically and make the multiple voices sound like one piece. It’s takes a lot of thought and a lot of playing to get to where you can feel comfortable with it.”

Just as Hahn knew that her first album should be Bach, despite skepticism from more experienced people in the music industry, she also knew that now was the moment to record the rest of the set. She explains, “What you hear in this completion of my solo Bach set is therefore the best recording that I feel I can offer at this point in my life. I love these pieces. Indulging in the freedom of the moment is the only way to attain an honest performance, and the moments and grand gestures that Bach gifted violinists through these works are magically infinite.” She adds, “I used to envision this recording as my link to a long chain of traditions. But now that this album is finished, I see that the best way to honor the continuum that Bach’s solo violin works embody is to simply appreciate these pieces when they are needed — whatever that means to you. Whether you experience the sonatas and partitas as a violinist or a listener, alone or in community with others, I hope that they will bring the depth, emotion, humor, and reverie to your life that they do to mine.”

Hilary Hahn returns to solo Bach, 20 years after her debut recording. This eagerly anticipated album completes Hilarys solo Bach recordings cycle and includes the Sonatas nos. 1 & 2, and Partita no. 1.

What They Say

Classical review: Hilary Hahn: Bach

Nothing the American violinist does is for show. Technique, feelings, heart and mind are intuitively fused, as Bach always demands

The London Times

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Performances

November 18, 2021
Rome, Italy
Santa Cecilia Hall - Auditorium Parco della Musica

Prokofiev Concerto for Violin No. 1 with Orchestra dell'Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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November 19, 2021
Rome, Italy
Santa Cecilia Hall - Auditorium Parco della Musica

Prokofiev Concerto for Violin No. 1 with Orchestra dell'Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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November 20, 2021
Rome, Italy
Santa Cecilia Hall - Auditorium Parco della Musica

Prokofiev Concerto for Violin No. 1 with Orchestra dell'Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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December 2, 2021
Detroit
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor Op.53 with Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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November 18, 2021 Rome, Italy Santa Cecilia Hall - Auditorium Parco della Musica Tickets
November 19, 2021 Rome, Italy Santa Cecilia Hall - Auditorium Parco della Musica Tickets
November 20, 2021 Rome, Italy Santa Cecilia Hall - Auditorium Parco della Musica Tickets
December 2, 2021 Detroit Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Tickets
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