CD review of Sibelius and Adès violin concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu
Thomas Adès's violin concerto, "Concentric Paths" written in 2005, has found in Augustin Hadelich its champion exponent. He plays it with such naturalness, one would think it formed part of the standard repertoire. This is admirable given that Adès bestows an utterly individual sound world on each of the three concise movements, arising not only from the very imaginative instrumentation, but also from his richly differentiated compositional technique, the exploitation of the soloist's skills, and the emphatic individualisation of each movement's rhythmic structure. [...] Hadelich shapes his solo part with impressive, flawless technique and concentrated expression, rendering the relationship between solo and orchestra almost rhetorical. The musicians play duets, confide, pause for a moment, reaffirm, highlight, contradict one another, concur - it is phenomenal.
These recordings are convincing not only because of the captivating musical and technical brilliance of the playing, but also due to an intelligent and stimulating choice of programme. Das Orchester | September 2014