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Hilary Hahn's new Bach recording is exceptional, with the utmost integrity and communication / theStrad

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This issue completes Hilary Hahn's first recording of Bach's solo violin works. The initial volume, her debut recording (1997), had a mixed reception, but these readings, superbly captured, demonstrate greater maturity, a wider range of nuance and a more convincing appreciation of the ‘grand design'. Showing little empathy for ‘period' style, Hahn is largely faithful to Bach's text, but takes occasional liberties with his articulations; her improved structural vision is most evident in the Sonatas' fugues, which are characterised by controlled, euphonious execution of the most densely polyphonic passages, flawless intonation, extravagant arpeggiando treatment and clear realisation of the complex contrapuntal interplay.

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