For the Record, Op. 8: New recording by Augustin Hadelich

November 10, 2016, 1:32 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Joyce Yang and Augustin Hadelich
Joyce Yang and Augustin Hadelich.

Works for Violin and Piano by Franck, Kurtág, Previn, Schumann
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Joyce Yang, piano

Augustin Hadelich and Joyce Yang met for the first time as students at The Juilliard School, but they did not perform together until years later in 2011, when Hadelich called Yang at the last minute to play several West Coast recitals after another pianist cancelled because of an injury. One of the pieces they played then is also on this album, the Franck Sonata. "Being on stage with her was electrifying," Hadelich said of that early performance. "What an experience to play the Franck, with its unusually difficult and virtuosic piano part, with a pianist who is so completely unfazed by its technical challenges!" The two went on to play many more concerts, and in addition to the Franck, for this album they have recorded André Previn's "Tango Song and Dance," written originally for Anne-Sophie Mutter; Robert Schumann's turbulent Sonata No. 1 in A minor Op. 105; and György Kurtág's "Tre Pezzi Op. 14e," a meditative piece that tells the performers to move to the next note when they are 'at peace" with the current one! Hadelich and Yang perform Schumann's Sonata No. 1 in A minor, live at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival in 2014:

If you have a new recording you would like us to consider for inclusion in our Thursday "For the Record" feature, please e-mail Editor Laurie Niles. Be sure to include the name of your album, a link to it and a short description of what it includes.

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November 11, 2016 at 05:51 PM · Augustin Haedelich is one of the "great" violinists of our generation! His intonation is crystal clear and he plays with sensitivity. I have heard him on multiple occasions and each time his playing has gotten better. Bravo!!

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