New Release: “Hilary Hahn Plays Bach”

Violinist Hilary Hahn released her first solo Bach album more than twenty years ago as a teenager. Now, she has returned to this music with a newly-released recording featuring Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Partita No. 1 in B minor, and Sonata No. 2 in A minor. Completed nearly 300 years ago, this sublime collection of Baroque dances stands at the center of the violin repertoire.

Hahn’s conception of this music moves away from period performance practice to the full-bodied Romanticism of earlier generations of violinists. She discusses this in a recent violinist.com interview:

I was taught Bach, and taught to listen to Bach, by a very specific generation,” she said. Her teachers Klara Berkovich and Jascha Brodsky “were coming from the tradition of Kreisler, Heifetz, Milstein, Szeryng, Grumiaux, Oistrakh. It’s a very specific way of playing Bach that is not a ‘Baroque’ style of playing Bach at all,” Hilary said. “That is what is in my ear, it is natural to me physically, and it is how I can express myself most completely in the music. So I don’t feel the need to change the essence of it, but there are a lot of different avenues for exploration within even that particular style.

Here is the Fugue from Sonata No. 1- music in which three distinct voices spring to life within the space of a single solo violin:

Recordings

  • Hilary Hahn plays Bach: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2; Partita No. 1, Hilary Hahn Amazon
  • Watch the album trailer here.
  • Richmond Public Radio’s Mike Goldberg interviews Hilary Hahn

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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