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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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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 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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4 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smmasterson on May 20, 2014
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Augustin Hadelich is among the finest violinists active today. I grew up with the Oistrakh/Ormandy recording of the Sibelius as the standard. Hadelich/Lintu give us a Sibelius for the Twenty-first Century. Coupling the Sibelius with the Ades concerto is a wonderful programing choice. The Ades concerto is a fine concerto, and it gives us additional perspectives on Hadelich's range. The Ades piece is "modern" music, but that should not frighten those who think all modern music is obscure and dissonant. The Ades speaks in modern idiom, but it communicates and thrills. The quality of the sound on this disc is first rate. It conveys Hadelich's beautiful tone and effortless technique nicely. I have had the great privilege of hearing Hadelich live on four occasions. This is a first rate recording of a great violinist, in partnership with a fine conductor and orchestra. Obviously, nothing compares to hearing Hadelich live. Enjoy this fine disc, but get thee to the concert hall if Hadelich appears is anywhere near you.
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