Augustin Hadelich: Recuerdos

August 29, 2022, 9:00 am

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A subtle and profound Spanish theme runs through Recuerdos (Memories). Violinist Augustin Hadelich has conceived an album that unites three works for violin and orchestra and a piece originally written for solo guitar. For Britten’s Violin Concerto, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Hadelich is joined by the WDR Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Cristian Măcelaru. He remains alone for Ruggero Ricci’s arrangement of Tárrega’s shimmering Recuerdos de la Alhambra. “For years, I’ve been thinking about how to tell the story of the Britten violin concerto,” says Hadelich.  Written in 1938, the work expresses the pacifist composer’s anguish at the Spanish Civil War, which began just months after Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 was premiered in Madrid.