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Violinist Hilary Hahn Releases a New Album of Bach

Violinist Hilary Hahn

Photo: Dana van Leeuwen

Violinist Hilary Hahn has released a new album featuring Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 1 and Sonatas 1 and 2. This completes the set of solo Bach music that she started with her debut recording back in 1997. Her affection for his music is clear and she says “not a week has passed since then without an audience member asking me when I’ll record the rest of the set.”

Hahn’s relationship with Bach goes back to her earliest studies, which included practicing or performing one movement of the sonatas or partitas every day. Talking about this new release, Hahn says, “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.”

I hope you enjoy our chat and also check out the new album here.

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Music Host, WCVE Music