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San Francisco 2023 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA; March 12, 2023. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to hoppkorv for sharing the show at Dime.

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One of the preeminent violinists of her generation, Hilary Hahn has awed audiences worldwide with her blazing technique and incomparable musicality since her solo debut at age ten. Acclaimed for playing that is “impetuous and authoritative, brilliant and beautiful” (New York Times), Hahn is a prolific performer recording artist, collaborator, and champion of music old and new who has already left an indelible mark on classical music.

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Truman C Wang, classicalvoice.org:

Hilary Hahn gave a violin recital in Walt Disney Concert Hall yesterday, and the place was packed. Unusual among classical musicians, she has a massive, almost cult-like following on social media - Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube - and her concerts arouse the sort of frenzied mass demonstrations usually reserved for pop stars. One can forgive the applauding in between movements frowned upon by the old fogeys.

But last night’s all-Bach recital was outwardly a sober, cerebral affair. There were just three works on the program:  Sonata No. 1 and Partita Nos 1 and 2 - all in the somber minor key, to boot. In the Sonata, the polyphonic fuga dance was perfectly and excitedly voiced. In the Partitas, the various Baroque dances swirled and glided down the bar lines with infectious zeal, pausing only at the pensive Sarabandes to reflect and smell the fragrant roses. Most memorably, in the mighty Chaconne, Hahn played across a very wide dynamic terrain in the most thorny passages of multiple stoppings without ever becoming clangorous - the tone always pure and lovely, the technique effortless and unshowy, concealing her great art laying within.

Hahn gave only one encore - “Preludio” from Partita No. 3 - and it was delectable. Her 1865 Vuillaume violin sounded better than many a Stradivarius that I have heard in this hall, proving that it is the player, not the instrument, that makes the music sing.

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Disc 1
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Track 100. applause 0:36
Track 101. Adagio 4:40
Track 102. Fuga: Allegro 5:40
Track 103. Siciliano 3:14
Track 104. Presto 4:06

Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Track 200. applause 0:27
Track 201. Allemande 6:26
Track 202.  Double 3:45
Track 203. Courante 3:17
Track 204. Double: Presto 3:51
Track 205. Sarabande 3:50
Track 206. Double 3:30
Track 207. Tempo di Borea 3:21
Track 208. Double 4:21
51 mins

Disc 2
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Track 300. applause 0:30
Track 301. Allemande 5:58
Track 302. Courante 2:49
Track 303. Sarabande 4:08
Track 304. Gigue 4:24
Track 305. Chaconne 18:08

Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
Track 400. encore applause 0:11
Track 401. Preludio 5:17
42 mins

Hillary Hahn - violin

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  1. 2 Responses to “HILARY HAHN - SAN FRANCISCO 2023”

  2. She will never fuck me, no chicks will


    My Un is too Lil


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    By U L E on May 21, 2023

  3. If you want this, get it quickly. Classicsl artists tend to put a fuss up about ROIOs.

    By Tony on May 22, 2023

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