Partitas 2 & 3 / Violin Sonatas 3 Import
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The Chaconne has been played faster and faster the last 50 years, and it has almost turned out to be a showpiece - especially for those players that claim to play it historically "right". The guitar-players have also made this piece "theirs", after the stunning recording by Andres Segovia. I think I have heard at least 50 recordings by this piece, from Enescu and Busch to Müllova. Not to mention many very great live-performances.
Hilary Hahn's recording is the version that comes closest to my idea of how this piece should be performed on a modern instrument. Yes, the tempo is very slow - as it should be. It is not slow because of limitations from the player, but because this is the tempo the piece itself - in my opinion - asks for. The detail-work here is just overwhelming, and no other player has taken me into the depth of the music as Hahn does - maybe with the exception of Johanna Martzy. So if you are interested in the spirit behind the music by Bach you should go for this one. If you are more interested in fireworks, you will be bored. But then Bach never should have been your composer anyways.
I should also mention that I'm extremely biased towards Arthur Grumiaux's renowned recordings of these pieces, so much so that I won't even listen to Milstein's (and have yet to venture into Podger's.)
So I wasn't expecting much when listening to this for the first time yesterday. Boy was I shocked! I mean, how old was she when she recorded this? I won't say that she surpasses Grumiaux...I feel that her playing is slightly less aggressive or dynamic than his, but that's not meant as a knock because I find her playing to be beautiful and probing.
This is a perfect example of artistic interpretation; when you love a piece of music listen to several artists playing it. Each will have their own "take."
This CD is awesome and will become a much listened to part of my collection.
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I love to hear and watch Hilary perform, her technical ability is supreme.Published 3 days ago by ronald cannata
I bought this cd for my 9 year old beginning violinist grand daughter so that she will hear Hilary's beautiful intonation, clear articulation and Bach.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lost many classical CDs in our move...certain pieces are must haves to rebuild library Hilary is fantasticPublished 5 months ago by RLW
I learn something new each time that I listen. Sweet recording.Published 8 months ago by Rabbits Rafferty
A very nice addition to anyone's collection! Her rendition of the Partitas are clear and definitive. Technically they are on the money! Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Hill