Magazine article Strings

Dynamic Duo

Magazine article Strings

Dynamic Duo

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Young artists Augustin Hadelich on violin and Joyce Yang on piano come together in this unique recital program pairing two 19th-century sonatas and two 20th-century pieces by Kurtág and Andre Previn. Following their frequent performances of these works, the recording reflects their seamless collaboration and strongly projected interpretations. In Previn's Tango, Song and Dance, the duo at once captures the sultry mood, sensual sound, capricious nuances, and taut, jazzy rhythms of these alluring pieces. Schumann's eloquent A minor Sonata is an ideal vehicle for passionate, lyrical bravura playing, and both artists bring maximum intensity and beauty of sound to a work they clearly love.

György Kurtág's minimalist, meditative short pieces are an ideal foil between the two arch-Romantic sonatas. Haunting and quirky in turn, Hadelich and Yang draw the listener into Kurtág's mysterious sound world. A pensive opening to Franck's Sonata soon gives way to more drive and momentum, and is well under way in the dramatic Allegro, although even more fire and intensity would have been welcome.

The Recitativo-Fantasia and final Allegretto poco mosso demonstrated the duo's intimate rapport and sensitive phrasing- with Hadelich's velvety, lyrical sound and Yang's bravura touches befitting this magnificent work. Here are brilliant, idiomatic performances from these deservedly acclaimed young performers.

There is formidable big-name competition for mastery of these concertos, notably Jascha Heifetz, who recorded the Glazunov as early as 1934, and David Oistrakh, who premiered the Khachaturian in 1940. …

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