New Suzuki Violin Recordings by Hilary Hahn Now Available for Books 1-3

July 26, 2020, 7:35 PM · New recordings featuring violinist Hilary Hahn have just been released for the Suzuki Violin School's Books 1-3, and they are are now available through Alfred Music.

Hilary Hahn SuzukiViolinist Hilary Hahn. Photo by Dana Van Leeuwen.

The recordings, which also feature pianist Natalie Zhu, can be purchased with the book as an accompanying CD or through Smart Music. Alfred Music said that they also "will soon be available for digital download via iTunes, Amazon, and Alfred.com."

"The International Suzuki Association's Violin Committee is grateful to Hilary for her exacting standards during the recording sessions," said a statement on Alfred's website. "She brought tremendous energy, artistry, and dedication to bear in all aspects of this recording. Hilary expressed many times to the Committee her delight in revisiting these pieces from her childhood, and the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the world-wide Suzuki community. These are recordings that students, parents, and teachers will enjoy listening to for years to come."

"I was delighted to be asked to record Suzuki Violin Books 1–3," Hahn said on the same page. "During the sessions, I thought about the current and future students, their parents and teachers who would hear these recordings. I’m moved to be part of their experiences with the violin. These pieces were played with love and care, and I hope Suzuki violinists will enjoy listening to this music every day."

On it website, the Suzuki Association of the Americas made clear that "the new recordings will replace all existing ones associated with the Suzuki Violin School International Editions." The new recordings replace the longstanding recordings by violinist William Preucil Jr., who was fired in 2018 as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra after an investigation that found evidence of sexual misconduct. In the ensuing developments, Preucil, Jr. was removed as an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the International Suzuki Association and Alfred commissioned new recordings of the Suzuki Violin School books.

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July 27, 2020 at 12:15 PM · A great step forward in the Suzuki community. Now if we can just include a more diverse range of composers some way.

July 27, 2020 at 01:52 PM · Who is the violinist for books 4 and up, I wonder?

July 27, 2020 at 02:57 PM · Sorry to go a bit off-topic, but could someone remind me why the original recordings by Nadien had to be replaced by those by Preucil in the first place?

Edit: I suppose the answer to my question is that the Nadien recordings were analog recordings, and they wanted to make fresh digital recordings?

July 30, 2020 at 02:26 AM · The books were revised, including note changes, among other things (a committee effort, with representation from the various Suzuki associations globally). In order for students to learn and play the same notes with others in Suzuki group events, the recordings had to be updated.

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