Top positive review
Exceptional Playing - less exceptional recording
November 11, 2018
Stunning recording to complete Hahn’s Bach S&P. The playing is as good as any ever recorded. Interpretation is in line with what I’d expect, observant of the music and of modern violin norms.
I’m not sure, however, about the sound. I’ve long said that Hahn needs to ditch the Vuillaume. And assuming the Decca engineers didn’t mess up, I stand by that more strongly than ever. It just doesn’t sound great...maybe a little too much reverb, maybe a little weirdly balanced, maybe a little edgy...or maybe just time for a Strad, or even something brand new from the likes of Zygmuntowicz or Greiner. It’s not a spoiler, but it is something I notice every time I play the disc - and it’s going through KEF and vintage McIntosh, so it’s not my system. Non-issue in the car (haha).