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Hilary Hahn 'Plays Bach' may be her most personal album yet / WCRB: CD of the Week

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The last time we featured a recording by Hilary Hahn as our WCRB CD of the week, it was a personally-curated collection of favorite recordings from her brilliant career – but now, she's made an album of Bach, and it may be her most personal album yet.

The genius and humanity of Bach's music has brought solace to people around the world for hundreds of years. His is the source from which all other music seems to flow. He is elemental for virtually every musician. For cellists, the solo suites are everything – and for violinists, the solo sonatas and partitas are six companions that stay with a player for life. 

Read her liner notes to see how she found her way to finally making this disc. You need only hear the way she arrives at the top of the very first chord on this recording (the 1st Sonata) to know that there is a deep adventure ahead. The fugue from that Sonata (track 2) dances with sheer clarity and confidence, with a wisdom about it that can only come from years and years of co-habitation. The Allemande (Double) from the 1st Partita (track 6) seems to arrive from the clear blue – as if it were a memory. Hahn leans in to dissonances in a way that makes them glow, without interrupting the inevitable pulse of these pieces. It's no wonder that she's happy with the result.

It's beautifully recorded with intimate sound and a beautiful sense of warm space.

Hilary Hahn - Plays Bach is the WCRB: CD of the Week. READ THE FULL ARTICLE