Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Lalo: Symphonie espagnole

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Lalo: Symphonie espagnole


Gramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Concerto



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27th Jan 2017




67 minutes


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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Lalo: Symphonie espagnole


Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Omer Meir Wellber


Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Vasily Petrenko



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These live concert recordings feature Grammy-Award winning violinist Augustin Hadelich. Establishing himself as one of the great violinists of his generation, he is consistently cited for his phenomonal technique and gorgeous tone.

The pairing of these pieces has been carefully considered; the influence of Lalo’s fresh and unassumingly simple approach can be heard in Tchaikovsky’s Concerto, and Hadelich brings out the range of emotions across both pieces.

Following Omer Meir Wellber’s acclaimed debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in May 2014 with Eugene Onegin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra invited him to make his Royal Festival Hall debut with them in April 2015, the concert from which this Lalo recording comes.

This release will add to Vasily Petrenko’s catalogue of Tchaikovsky recordings; his Manfred Symphony won the Gramophone Recording of the Year in 2009 and he also recorded the First, Second and Fifth Symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

These recordings are taken from live concert performances at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 17 April 2015 (Lalo) and 24 February 2016 (Tchaikovsky).

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, TH 59

I. Allegro moderato

II. Canzonetta: Andante

III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Édouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Scherzando: Allegro molto

III. Intermezzo: Allegretto non troppo

IV. Andante

V. Rondo: Allegro

The Strad

May 2017

“Two virtuoso concertos given immaculate live performances.”

BBC Music Magazine

May 2017


“Hadelich’s rich tone pays dividends in an arresting, heartfelt Tchaikovsky. The rather slighter Lalo is nevertheless given a seductive and graceful performance.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2017

“Where Hadelich’s Tchaikovsky is a touch polite, his Lalo (recorded a year earlier) bursts with character. There is plenty of beef here, both in the violin tone and in the LPO’s partnering, Omer Meir Wellber drawing out Spanish fire and stamping heels from this colourful – and strangely neglected – score. Hadelich exudes bravado in the terrific Rondo finale”


May 2017

“It is not easy to uncover new dimensions in such a frequently played, almost hackneyed work as Tchaikovsky's violin concerto. Augustin Hadelich succeeds in doing just that, thanks to his strong violinistic profile, characterised in large part by a focussed and radiant tone, highly refined musicianship and an impressive instrumental precision that he can summon up live.”

Der Tagesspiegel Berlin

March 2017

“Hadelich was radically passionate, magnificently virtuosic in his rendition of the Tchaikovsky concerto...he set the orchestra positively aflame with his blazing bow.”

Bavarian Radio BR-KLASSIK

March 2017

“Hadelich is compelling in his mastery of the instrument and in his impeccable and consummate violin playing. He lacks nothing of graceful ease or virtuosic power - an irresistible mixture.”

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