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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