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  • Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Composer: Jean Sibelius, Thomas Ades
  • Audio CD (March 11, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B00HT3NPMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Violinist Augustin Hadelich is one of the fastest-rising stars of his generation. With three critically acclaimed and Billboard-charting
releases on AVIE to his credit, he now delivers what promises to be one of the most important concerto recordings of the year, pairing the Violin Concertos by Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès, the latter only the second recording of the composer s work. On this disc, Augustin is superbly supported by Hannu Lintu conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The 30-year-old Augustin Hadelich may be the best violinist you've never heard of. His album pairing two seemingly dissimilar concertos one classic, one contemporary by Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès puts his shimmering tone and laser-like intonation on magnificent display. Hadelich is increasingly viewed as one of today's top violinists remarkable considering that after an accident at age 15 he was told he may never play again. Hadelich circles and swoops stratospherically high above a turbulent orchestra in the opening of Adès' concerto Concentric Paths, from 2005. It's a thrilling tightrope act danced by a young master. Tom Huizenga --NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

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This CD is a must for all classical music lovers.
Csaba Erdelyi
Mr. Hadelich apparently loves it, and I guess that's good; someone needs to love the ugly little puppy!
T. E. Layman
This performance of the Sibelius violin concerto is one to admire.
Tom Lawrence

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By classical music lover on March 8, 2014
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Hadelich seems to me without equal in every area of virtuosity, and never ceases to amaze and captivate audiences with his stage presence and beauty of interpretation in absolutely every area of repertoire. And he has scored again with this absolutely incredible recording. The pairing of the slightly edgy, spooky, other worldly Ades concerto with the epic, powerful, beautiful and dramatic Sibelius is nothing short of brilliant! With this new disc, in addition to the classic beauty of the better known Sibelius concerto, you can have a taste of a newer work written by a brilliant living composer, and be enticed to understand and fall in love with something that is not as accessible to many classical music lovers. Although for me the Ades was love at first listen, with its complex rhythmic structure and non traditional tonal structure (which sounds at times familiar and at other times not at all familiar), you may need to listen to the Ades several times before you begin to uncover its fascinating brilliance and beauty. So if at first listen you don't understand it, give it a few more listens and it will begin to open up to you. With Augustin as your translator and interpreter, you will eventually be drawn into Ades's mysterious, compelling and beautiful sound world, so much so that you might not be quite ready to leave his world when the concerto is complete, so convincing is Augustin's interpretation! Such a thrill to have him lead the listener into new territory, so brilliantly! And then, the gorgeous, passionate Sibelius. I have never heard it played more beautifully!! I have read Augustin describing the Ades as having the violinist walking a tightrope over the chasms of the lowest depths of the sound spectrum. Well I feel the same awe as Augustin walks a tightrope across the Sibelius.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Lawrence on March 24, 2014
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This performance of the Sibelius violin concerto is one to admire. The soloist is very much present -- you can hear each intake of breath, and I think I even catch an audible swallow during the second movement. Some might take this as distraction, but I find it at one with Hadelich's phrasing and singing tone. The orchestra is very present as well -- it seems like a force of nature that awakens to the violin. It is always looming close at hand, and when it releases its power, it is powerful indeed. Conductor Hannu Lintu leads it all with unflagging forward drive.

The sonic presence of the concerto is underscored by the three humoresques that follow. The performers take a half step back, giving the impression of slightly more objective studio takes.

I don't feel qualified to judge the violin concerto by Thomas Adès, but the soloist and orchestra seem fully at home with its textures. If, like me, you are unaccustomed to 21st-century music, the bait of the Sibelius is enough to get this disc and give Adès a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. E. Layman on July 24, 2014
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I am in awe of the playing of the young Augustin Hadelich! He plays spot-on in intonation, but has the sensitivity needed to make a good violin concerto viable. I purchased this for the Sibelius, but was anxious to hear the Ades concerto, also. First let me say that I find the Ades concerto to be without much merit. Nothing terrifically musical about it, noise and thunder and little emotional input. No good development of themes, motifs, et. Mr. Hadelich apparently loves it, and I guess that's good; someone needs to love the ugly little puppy! But not me. I'm old, though, and perhaps just too stuck in my ways, but I do look for a composer to have more thoughtfulness, even if it's quirky and weird. This is just noisy. The Sibelius has only one drawback and that is that both the violinist and the orchestra are recorded somewhat too closely. This results in you being able to hear every rosin "pop" that occurs as the bow meets the strings; the orchestra can become too overwhelming in fff sections. This can be tamed by the volume control to a degree, but the line between too loud and too soft is very fine. However, when you have a violinist of the quality of young Hadelich this is really picking the nits! My all time favorite recording is the Bernstein-NYPO-Francescatti from about 1952, but this recording now will sit beside Maestro Francescatti. Easy to recommend if you don't have multiple recordings of the Sibelius Concerto. The three Sibelius Humoresques opus 87/89 act as a filler, and after the weighty and emotional beauty of the Concerto acts much like a sorbet after a succulent meal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Csaba Erdelyi on April 3, 2014
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I played in the orchestra accompanying Augustin Hadelich in the finals when he won the 2006 Indianapolis Violin Competition.
I have been following his career ever since. Here is a young genius with the quality of tone and depth of true musicianship that reminds me of Yehudi Menuhin in his prime.

I have also had the privilege to play Sibelius under the baton of Hannu Lintu. He is one of the rare, really exciting, original conductors today, who has the courage to seek and bring out the hidden treasures in compositions. I am delighted that these two wonderful artists have found each other. Choosing to pair Sibelius with Ades was a great idea to help us to understand both composers better. This CD is a must for all classical music lovers.
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