PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

Dvorak concerto with Cristian Măcelaru and the Pittsburgh Symphony
Get thee to Heinz Hall to hear Augustin Hadelich.
On Friday, the Italian-born violinist delivered a rapturous account of Dvorak’s Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Cristian Macelaru at the podium for his PSO debut, and music by Enescu and Copland rounding out the evening’s program.

Mr. Hadelich and the orchestra kicked off the Dvorak’s opening bars with grit and drama, the music sounding as a sort of Czech Western with the violinist as hero set against a desolate accompaniment. A few brief instances of disconnect from the orchestra aside, Mr. Hadelich’s account of the first two movements (which are joined together by a brief transition) was gripping, the lyrical second movement particularly heartwarming. And then, oh then, a sublime dance through the finale — the violinist tossing off the nimble passagework with an air of simple, infectious joy. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 19 2018)

Brahms concerto with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony
Mr. Hadelich delivered a patient, transparent interpretation that let Brahms’ materials speak for themselves. His luminous, natural sound popped off the strings, and I half-expected a human voice to emerge from his instrument.

In the thorny materials — the fireworks of Fritz Kreisler’s cadenza, the darker shadings of the first movement, the folksy dance of the finale — as well as the more lyrical ones, Mr. Hadelich maintained a smooth tone, legato phrases and rhythmic solidity. The orchestra and Mr. Honeck provided beautiful accompaniment that enhanced or deepened the ideas expressed by the soloist. (Elizabeth Bloom / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 26 2015)

 

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