In the April 2019 issue of The Strad, Augustin Hadelich discusses his new recording juxtaposes ’the Romantic Brahms and the recovering avant-gardist Ligeti’. ’The violin is not always front and centre in the Brahms Concerto,’ he says. ’It is part of the larger ensemble and always in dialogue with other instruments, whether it’s following, accompanying or immersed within the orchestral texture. So for me the process of interpreting the concerto was to look deeper on an emotional level to understand how the piece was put together.’
Of the Ligeti, he says: ’He wanted to write a piece that pushed the boundaries of what a violin can do, and the result is totally different from anything that came before… He also incorporated folk traditions of violin playing, as can be heard in the echoes of czardas in the fifth movement. The piece he eventually wrote is extremely violinistic, if incredibly difficult, and he also demonstrated that there are many new ways to write a concerto.’
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