CD review: Bohemian Tales
Bohemian Tales brings together two of the most interesting artists of the younger generation, violinist Augustin Hadelich and conductor Jakub Hrusa who inspire in a very dynamic performance of Dvorak’s Violin Concerto. Avoiding a too strong Czech character, Hrusa has the Concerto performed more as absolute music in the sense of the classical-romantic tradition and the two great predecessors Brahms and Bruch. The orchestral part thus becomes gripping music with tight rhythms and, sometimes, unusually sharp accents. This refreshed interpretation is also shared by Augustin Hadelich. He too plays his part entirely in the line of the great violin concertos and keeps the Czech folk elements at a distance. Of course, one very often feels the Czech harmonies and lyrical melodies, but these are masterfully processed as absolute music. Together with the pianist Charles Owen, Hadelich then shows himself to be a gifted chamber artist. Whether in the melancholic violin sonata by Leos Janacek or the 4 pieces op. 17 by Josef Suk, Hadelich proves to be an interpreter, who knows how to combine the musical and narrative elements with an often very objective way of reading. Two short pieces by Dvorak conclude the program of this exciting CD.
Pizzicato_Luxembourg | review „Bohemian Tales“ | 12 August 2020


CD review: Brahms & Ligeti concertos
There are more emotions packed into the violin concerto by Johannes Brahms than most violinists grant the northern-German composer. But not Augustin Hadelich. It has been a long time since we have heard somebody play Brahms so soulfully and sensitively as Hadelich does on his recording.
Pizzicato_Luxembourg | review „Bohemian Tales“ | 5 April 2019


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