Augustin Hadelich: Brahms and Ligeti

Gramophone Fri 5th April 2019

The violinist on the two composers' concertos

The German-American violinist has received some great reviews in our pages – Editor's Choices for his solo Paganini and Dutilleux's L'arbre des songes, and Gramophone Awards shortlisting for his couplings of Sibelius and Adès, and Lalo and Tchaikovsky. Now he takes on the challenge of Brahms's great Violin Concerto which he has twinned with György Ligeti's Violin Concerto of some 110 years later.

Unusually, Hadelich has chosen to record the Brahms with his own cadenza rather than Joseph Joachim's, and for the Ligeti he's opted for the cadenza that Thomas Adès wrote for the work. James Jolly spoke to Hadelich about the programme and how he sees the relationship between the two works.

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