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Hilary Hahn Plays Bach is an experience to be savored / STAGEANDCINEMA

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It's now practically lore that violinist Hilary Hahn decided that her debut album would not only be solos, but partitas and a sonata by Bach, works that have been held as the zenith of violin composition and the most intangible of objectives for a newcomer recitalist. It was a move that raised a few eyebrows, since some musicians (cellist Mstislav Rostropovich being a famous example) wait until midlife or even later before taking Bach's solo works into the studio.

The CD, which will be released on October 5 - her first time with Decca - is not for background music. This is an experience to be savored. Scaling the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, composed in 1720, requires not only a firm grasp of violin technique and a propensity for soul-searching.

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