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Hilary Hahn gives theStrad - October issue, insight into her return to Bach

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The Strad October 2018 issue is out now in which Hilary Hahn, the quirky, effervescent US violinist, gives us an insight into the creative process as she returns to the Bach recording project she began 20 years ago.

When Hilary Hahn plays Bach came out on Sony in 1997, critics were astounded that a performer would choose solo Bach for her debut album; they were further confounded by her elegant approach to this music's technical and interpretive challenges at such a young age. 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.

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