NEW YORKER

Lieber Augustin
If a layer of surface noise were added to Augustin Hadelich’s recent solo-violin recording on the Avie label, you might think you were hearing a virtuoso out of the Golden Age. Hadelich, who is twenty-five, has all the fast-fingered brilliance that modern conservatory culture requires; the musicality and the freewheeling fantasy that he brings to bear, though, cannot be taught. With the pianist Rohan De Silva, Hadelich gave a riveting recital at the Frick on Dec. 13, in which he ranged from Beethoven’s Sonata in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3, to showpieces by Sarasate and Ysaÿe, and on to Prokofiev’s Second Sonata and Alfred Schnittke’s First Sonata, from 1963. The crucial thing was the command of color: luminous sweetness in Beethoven and Prokofiev, a wide, ruddy tone in Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy,” and savage sounds for Schnittke, including something like electric-guitar fuzz. Hadelich shows similar versatility on the Avie disk, combining classic and modern fare. Here is a young artist with no evident limitations.
THE NEW YORKER - Alex Ross

 

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