New Suzuki recordings by Hahn and Natalie Zhu
Here's the release from the publisher: https://www.alfred.com/press-room/hilary-hahn-suzuki/
The editor of Slipped Disc has a different take (but I'd thank him anyways for publishing the news): https://slippedisc.com/2020/02/the-new-face-of-suzuki-is-open-to-question/
Edit: I'd missed this site's mention, but found it after thinking about it: https://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20202/28087/
Hahn herself said "I was delighted to be asked to record Suzuki violin Books, 1–3 ... These pieces were played with love and care..."
I'm personally delighted that Hahn and Zhu have been affordable enough for the new Suzuki recordings, simply because they're directly contributing to music education for kids and others, and thereby affirming its value.
Excited to hear these recordings: Hahn has a such wonderful, clear and centered tone.
Messrs Slipped Disc, may I point out that the Suzuki method is not a "mass-teaching" method: the teaching is highly individualised, with full parental involvement, and with group work as a vital supplement. And Ms Hahn began violin with this method..
It's unlikely that Ms. Hahn will be discovered, many years in the future, to have exhibited "problematic behavior" of the sort that was ascribed to William Preucil. On that account alone it's good that we have these new "reference" recordings.
Adrian, thank you for reminding us that the Suzuki method is just as individualized as any other method. The only people who keep muttering that it's a mass teaching method are those people who have never actually watched it in action at the private lesson level.
I wonder if Hahn and Zhu are also slated to record the later books (and if not, why not, and who are, etc.), and if there are any potential issues with Hahn not playing them as printed in the books. I wouldn't expect Hahn to become a HIP'ster and say articulate the Handel sonatas accordingly (although I'd like that), but I also wouldn't expect her to take the markings as written previously. Then I wouldn't know how the ISA would deal with that - a potential conflict with the books and reference recordings. I guess we'll have to see. Maybe some changes are already in the works.
There was a time that you could get David Nadien’s playing of some books. I don’t know what happened to those recordings.
And David Cerone's, which I think I prefer.
Eventually we'll be arguing about whether David Cerone or Hilary Hahn "May Song" is better the same way we argue whether Szeryng's Bach is better than Milstein's. But the real take-home here is: Hang on to your old Suzuki CDs. They'll be collectors items in 50 years. By then, of course, some new technology will have superseded CDs, with the counterintuitive result that your existing CD collection is now much more valuable than you ever imagined, and the equipment to play it back has become murderously expensive. But you will acquiesce to all those vicissitudes because the "experts" on the blogosphere will insist that the older technology has imbued the music with qualities like "warmth" that are just beyond the reach of objective evaluation.
"I wouldn't expect Hahn to become a HIP'ster and say articulate the Handel sonatas accordingly (although I'd like that), but I also wouldn't expect her to take the markings as written previously."
You can still get the Nadien and Cerone recordings. In fact, the digital ones that I purchased are Cerone, which I prefer to the Preucil (which I got when I purchased the book).
See? It has begun. LOL
Laurie asked in a blog:
We haven't done it in ages but we used to play Suzuki CDs in our old car. I remember when she was a toddler, it was either the Frozen soundtrack CD or one of the Suzuki CDs. Don't most cars still come with a CD player? Our EV doesn't but I think that's because they are trying too hard to be different.
No, I don't think most cars come with CD players these days, although it should typically be possible to have one added if you really want. Transfer to a card or USB drive or phone connected via Bluetooth... There are numerous solutions.
" William Preucil, who has been erased from the record by #Metoo allegations?"
"But it's not just about listening to the music (however useful that might be in some cases)"
J-Ray, I was referring to listening to playing which surpasses our own, be it in old or new music.
There's a very old saying relating primarily to the training of craft apprentices: "look, listen, learn, do". The non-PC army version I heard in my youth had the word "monkey" precede each of those four stages in the list - those were the days!
For the early Suzuki kids, listening is as much for the language of music as for the notes of specific pieces. Ideally, they would listen to a lot of other classical music too. A very basic example: in the first piece that has a "bow circle" (or lift or retake) and the first piece that starts up bow, almost no one "just hears it" and does it - normal at that stage. However, I want them to gradually improve in aurally and visually recognizing those patterns and be able to do it without direct instruction, so they need to hear enough music and notice/follow enough patterns to absorb that kind of musical sense.
In this day and age they should really have recorded video performances so kids could also see how it's done. My son is a keen visual imitator.
Good news! It will be the most in tune and well played rendition of the Suzuki pieces for sure.