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October 28, 2005

Trying on the new

If you look at the photos on the web page for today’s program, you’ll see one with Natalie Zhu playing the violin, Bill McGlaughlin at the piano and Hilary Hahn turning pages. It was a moment of fun in the studio, where the three of them decided to try changing roles, but it also says a lot about Hilary and her sense of curiosity. She’s always ready to try new things.

So, speaking of new things…had you heard the Bloch Sonata before?

Posted by Mary Lee at October 28, 2005 5:24 PM



I'd heard Hilary "live" with the SPCO, but my memory really loved this refreshing-particularly when accompanied by a pianist equally accomplished as Natalie Zhu! The Mozart was good, the Stravinsky a small, but wonderful surprise, and though normally not a fan of 20th century classical, I LOVED the Ernst Bloch!! That sonata had such a fresh, exhilerating, & yet haunting quality to it and was so stunningly excuted by these 2 women. Bravo! And thank you Bill McLaughlin!!

Vinca K. Renner

By Vinca K. Renner at October 30, 2005 1:13 PM


I enjoyed this program (Hilary Hahn & Natalie Zhu) especially because we were able to hear two complete sonatas rather than odd movements. I can remember back when your program was ninety minutes, and it was always possible to present complete works. I find it much more satisfying.

I know many artists want to demonstrate variety, but after all they wouldn't play incomplete pieces in recital - why on the air?
Anyway, keep up the good work!
Herbert Winter

By Herbert Winter at October 31, 2005 9:11 PM