This just impressed me no end! I hope you like it too.
Yes! I don't know another classically trained violinist who can swing like that
There's Giles Apap, who I think is the king of multi-genre playing...
YES! Me too-- Thank you!
Don Noon, Thank you for that, It was crazy! I love it!
He is wonderful! He was also scheduled to perform in Indianapolis next - of course the important word is "was"...
There's no limit to what you can accomplish with technique and taste. But lose the Nehru jacket, seriously.
He can wear whatever he wants when he can play like that.
Paul's posts are usually interesting-- but wanting Hadelich to play topless...?
The mandarin collar is where it's at, comfort-wise. Between Nehru and Gandhi, I'd say Nehru is the more appropriate stage attire.
The Nehru look is a lot better than a tight black jacket with a single button above the navel leaving an expanse of rumpled white shirt visible below. Especially if you're a conductor addressing a TV audience of millions.
I have no problem with the Mandarin collar. Joshua Bell wears them too, and I can understand why.
Funny, I didn't notice what Augustin was wearing, I was listening to the playing. Probably because Mr. Hadelich is the best violinist in the world...imho.
Oh sure, Peter, I'm reeling from your snarky condescension, implying that I had no ear for his beautiful playing, which I acknowledged in my previous post.
Well Paul, as soon as you're done reeling - maybe you should consider he has burns on the upper part of his body and can't wear the kind of form fitting clothes that would make you happier.
Peter yes I thought about that, and of course he would get a pass if that were the case. But your sad attempt to shame me by suggesting that I haven't considered Mr. Hadelich's hardships falls a little flat. I took a little spin through the first few dozen pictures of Mr. Hadelich that came up on "Google Images," and in most of them he's wearing ordinary shirts, often Oxfords. And even if he's more comfortable in the Nehru jacket -- after all the Nehru completely conceals the waistline where men's clothes often bind -- does it have to be purple satin? He's got other colors in his closet. Here's a great picture of him wearing ivory (link below) and he looks much better in this -- both the fabric and the tailoring/modeling of the suit seem better suited to a performing violinist.
What a fantastic player!
Hadelich's technique is otherwordly, but his presentation is sooo dry. I don't know anyone around here who's heard of him—this is definitely not a time for serious, reserved, Heifetz types.
I do not mind the color or the jacket-like it, actually. But I do have an independent streak.
The elegance of Hadelich's style is one of his clear strengths. The fact is that not a lot of violinists can pull off a more reserved and respectful approach to interpretation. It requires extreme control and a very sensitive ear for subtlety, not to mention absolute perfection in rhythm and intonation. HH is criticized for being dry too. It's just because she doesn't gyrate on stage like Jansen, but both are great violinists to listen to. Likewise Hadelich needn't take any pages from Chuanyun Li's book any time soon.
I don't mean in serious musician circles. Hilary Hahn has been every high school fiddler's superhero since she collabed with Twoset. Say what you want about Twoset, but that was a brilliant deal for Hilary. Sure, she doesn't dance on stage, but she has sincere charm and has developed a unique brand for herself that's more than just "I play really well". Prettt apparent if you compare their instagram pages, for example.
Re: standard suit and tuxedo jackets, even as a community orchestra player I have a concert suit with a jacket one size larger than all my other suit jackets. The Nehru jacket isn't a bad remedy.
Over here Nicola Benedetti fills the HH slot to perfection and nobody would accuse her of lacking warmth in e.g. the Elgar concerto. But Hadelich is my number one.
Paul, what about Hadelich's socks? His belt? his haircut? his toothpaste?
I don't like his haircut either, but it's better than mine at the moment because I have a 9-mm pandemic buzz going. And his hairstyle is not that unusual for violinists. And as far as his socks, belt (or braces), or toothpaste -- I can't see those.
If you watch some of the other performance videos Hadelich has put out in the last few months, you'll notice he wears different colors and styles of shirts in pretty much every video. I think he's just having some fun with his wardrobe.
I think Mr. Hadelich is one of the best living violin players which I enjoy and admire his playing so much.
Since there was discussion here of several styles, thought I'd share the following which YouTube suggested to me. It kind of blew me away (I know nothing about electric guitar):
That is excellent! Not so much dynamic contrast as on the piano, but otherwise a great window into the movement.
I think Beethoven would have loved that. Less dynamic range because of compression stomp box.
Uh oh! Scandalous. Put a dress on those legs!
Paul are you really ragging on Augustin’s clothes? What makes you think that is okay? First, there’s absolutely no problem there, what he is wearing is tasteful and a nice color on him. Second, what’s with being so mean? Too much isolation? Drinking and posting?
Sorry you were so offended, Laurie. It was just meant to be a light-hearted jab at Mr. Hadelich's purple dreamcoat. It took on a life of its own I guess, but that's not uncommon in forums like these. And I'm not the first one to comment on players' clothing here or elsewhere. Usually women are the subject of those comments, but I don't see why that should always be the case.
I agree with Paul in the sense that he should be allowed to comment on Hadelich's choice of clothing, however it would have been better to state the reasons immediately, like for example: 'That shirt looks uncomfortable to wear, especially because of the ill fitting shoulder padding etc...'. That way you can prevent any haters before they come.
James you said I should correct you if you're wrong, so I'm doing that. Thanks for thinking the best of me, and for presuming the noblest of intentions on my part, but the truth is I just don't like the jacket. I don't like the color or the sheen of the fabric, and I think the way it drapes while he's playing makes it look ill-fitting even though he probably had it custom-made by a reputable tailor.
Honestly, all the discussion about clothing comes across to me as shallow and superficial. I'd framed a more elaborate statement of that idea with some parallels, but decided against posting, conceding this thread to Paul's elaborate argument justifying his position and trying not to drag it out further.
No one should ever feel regret for laughing at one of my jokes.
I believe that most of us thought of the video as a video of Hadelich
Augustine's jacket may be trying to distract the critics away from a modern violin?
Not his usual axe? Any info on the maker?
Sorry Stephen, it probably is his usual violin. I was just having a dig at a few critics.
Mr. Hadelich: Your remarkable story and musical achievements are incredible and a lesson to all of us. Wear whatever you like.
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