Some soloists love Beethoven’s Violin Concerto to seemingly endless death. Augustin Hadelich loved it to vibrant life.
He didn’t rush any of its three movements, letting the music flow and achieving emotion by subtlety of tone and phrasing.
And having earned ‘bravos’ for that, he deserved more for actually announcing his encore, a Paganini Caprice, and playing it with endearing charm. Born in Italy to German parents, the youthful Hadelich looks poised to conquer the world. He was matched throughout the concerto by the BSO, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier, with the solo bassoon shining in the finale – and indeed the playing was no less impressive in Till Eulenspiegel by Richard Strauss and the less familiar Mathis Der Maler by Hindemith.
The French Tortelier’s clarity of line and texture served the German Hindemith’s counterpoint well, lifting it from the academic to the lyrically expressive.
Strauss’s sense of mischief was also well-caught, with new principal horn Nicolas Fleury making his mark with deft solos.