Magazine article Strings

Hilary Hahn Finds Something to Sing About

Magazine article Strings

Hilary Hahn Finds Something to Sing About

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New CD celebrates Bach cantatas and more

HILARY HAHN'S lyrical playing has been complemented by - what else - lyrics on her recent CD Bach: Violin and Voice (Deutsche Grammophon). She's joined on the recording by soprano Christine Schäfer, baritone Matthias Goerne, the Münchener Kammerorchester, and violoncellist Kristin von der Goltz, among others, on Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion, his Mass in B minor, and several of his cantatas.

For Hahn, repertoire for violin and voice presents the challenge of knowing when to lead and follow. "You have to set up the mood for the singers to come in and sing the words to describe the mood," Hahn says.

"You have to think about how they want to sing it, and you have to pay really close attention to what they want to do and try to interpret that into a nonliterary context saying no words whatsoever, and then you have to translate that into an instrumental context. …

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