"I was not very familiar with Haydn's violin concertos but I am tremendously enjoying this album. Haydn's violin concertos are perhaps not frequently played in concert halls nor recorded by already-established violinists and it is a pleasure to hear them soloed by a brilliant violinist, Augustin Hadelich. He's brought a whole new character and color into the work and the sound he is creating especially in the slow Adagio sections is exquisite. I had the opportunity to hear him live earlier this year and it was truly the most unforgettable musical experience of my life. His virtuosity was astonishing but I was most moved by the incredible depth of his music making. He seems to have the special ability to touch the very core of music and tell us the story of the music in a unique, inspiring way. His playing does remind me of Arthur Grumiaux because of the sincerity and nobility of the sound. And like Grumiaux, Hadelich's playing is about the music not about himself. I think many people can feel that in this album."
A Rising Star ?
Ross Kennett | Narooma, NSW Australia | 06/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Haydn: Violin Concertos
There are four surviving violin concertos by Haydn, on this CD we have nos 1,3 and 4. The soloist is the 24 year old Augustin Hadelich making what is probably his first recording, accompanied by the strings of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Naxos' "house orchestra", which has made very many fine recordings. The concertos were probably written for Luigi Tomasini, the leader of Haydn's orchestra, and the early performances would have been directed by Haydn from the harpsichord. As this is a modern interpretation the harpsichord has a minor role, and there is plenty of bow pressure on the strings and plenty of vibrato, in fact too much in a few very short passages in the slow movements. But overall soloist and orchestra combine well and have produced a very fine recording of these virtuoso works. I have the recent re-releases on Australian Eloquence of two of these concertos played by Arthur Grumiaux, THE violinist of the middle of the 20th century; Grumiaux was superb playing Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. To say that Hadeldich is almost as good is praise indeed. I can easily forgive a little wobbley vibrato, made up for by an otherwise fine performance, the excellent sound, and the bargain price."
M. Atkinson | 12/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These pieces are not the height of Haydn's compositional inventiveness, but Hadelich's performances are make even an ordinary score vivacious. Keep an eye out as he comes out with other recordings: they will, as this one does, be very much worth your time and interest."
Mismatch of Centuries
Giordano Bruno | Wherever I am, I am. | 10/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Augustin Hadelich, born in Italy in 1984 and winner of the Gold Medal at an international violin competition in 2006, is clearly a rising star among modern violinists. So far, his recordings of Telemann's solo violin fantasies and on this CD of Haydn's violin concerti reveal Hadelich as an 18th C specialist of a new 21st C style, playing on a modern fiddle set-up yet performing in a "historically informed" style, with great sensitivity to the structures and affect of baroque/rococo music. His recording of the twelve Telemann fantasies is exemplary in every way. Thus I expected a lot from this recording of the three Violin Concertos of Haydn, and Hadelich doesn't disappoint me. But the Cologne Chamber Orchestra is a sorry mismatch for Hadelich's HIP manner, a mid-20th C sound, all rumbly and thick and utterly unaware of 18th C phrasing. One has to wonder if Hadelich and his orchestra were playing in the same palace. Do it again, Augustin, but with a different back-up band!"