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CD review: Bohemian Tales
Born in Italy of German parentage, the naturalized American has worked his way into the violin elite on the strength of his naturalness. Hadelich’s artistic identity is not defined by balsamic tone or virtuosic show. The same is true of this recording, in which conductor Jakub Hrůša stands as a kindred spirit by his side. […] Augustin Hadelich makes the bright notes glitter and sparkle, letting the music flow instead of dividing it into structural units. Brimming with temperament, the playing in the Finale goes hand in hand with perfect unanimity of phrasing between soloist and orchestra. […] An impeccable technique grants Hadelich this equally radiant and singing tone. To him, virtuosity doesn’t mean exhibitions of special skills or demonstrations of exceptional facility, it means far more the concentration on musical progressions. […]  This recording is distinctive in its compelling mixture of pathos and melos, passion and shades of melancholy. It is astonishing that Augustin Hadelich never shows the strain. His playing is evenly balanced in every tessitura, high and low, and not least in the warm middle register. He makes the notes spring and dance, or lament at will.
Deutschlandfunk | 12 July 2020

CD review: Brahms & Ligeti concertos
Hadelich lets his instrument sing, and vibrates each note with fervid intensity. In its romantic approach, Hadelich’s playing is reminiscent of the great violinists of the past […] Augustin Hadelich is not afraid to make sounds of trenchant stridency when the music requires it. Arioso beauty is but one facet of Brahms’ violin concerto, whose whole truth also encompasses moments of strife, melancholy, and confrontation with searing pain. This is all palpable in Augustin Hadelich’s recording, which lays bare an uncompromising zeal. In dialogue with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the violinist finds a personal approach to this work that has long occupied him. He has even written his own cadenza, bearing testimony to a deep understanding of the music, and also to the soloist’s mastery of his instrument.
Deutschlandfunk | 14 April 2018

CD review Paganini 24 Caprices
Digging Deep. Augustin Hadelich, whose big break came with his sensational win at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianopolis, is of course the master of all these violinistic refinements. Now with the 24 Caprices he is making his début with Warner Classics. Paramount for him is the search for musical substance in Paganini’s music, which, due to disproportionate emphasis of its dazzling technical features, is often at risk of being swamped by étude-like pyrotechnics. For Augustin Hadelich, the technical aspect never dominates. Outward brilliance takes a back seat, and is eclipsed by the musical message. Highly sensitive, Hadelich scours Paganini’s music for atmospheres, colours, and the smallest of musical happenings, taking his time to do so, and fathoming greater depths than most.
Deutschlandfunk | 11 February 2018

CD review of Sibelius and Adès violin concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu
It is a musical and dramaturgical stroke of genius on the part of Augustin Hadelich to juxtapose the violin concertos of Thomas Adès and Jean Sibelius on his CD. Mirrored in the Sibelius concerto, the 21st century tonal language of Thomas Adès doesn't appear as a foreign body from the distant future, but timeless in the best sense of the word, and the music of Sibelius appears surprisingly modern, in spite of the immense difference in age. [...] In his early thirties and of German parentage, this is doubtless one of the greatest virtuoso violinists of our time. In his adoptive homeland, the USA, the major orchestras and concert halls have recognised this somewhat sooner than in Europe, but in the view of this current CD recording it can only be a matter of time until Augustin Hadelich becomes one of the established greats in our concertgoing lives, too. Much speaks in his favour: the clarity and intensity of his tone, the technical perfection, the almost merciless emotional authenticity of his playing, all of which add up to the magic with which Hadelich so directly moves his listeners. 
Deutschlandfunk | 20th April 2014 | "Die neue Platte"

 

 

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