p.m., Sept. 24)
virtuoso wows Orléans audience
By Fred Sherwin
German violinist Augustin Hadelich kicked off this year's Concerts Cumberland
series with an awe-inspiring performance at Orleans United Church on Friday
night accompanied by Canadian pianist Ian Parker. Fred Sherwin/Photo
about past Concerts Cumberland performances, I've often said how lucky we
are in the east end to have a group of volunteers who are willing to bring
some of the best classically trained musicians in the world to Orléans.
On Friday night,
they definitely outdid themselves by booking one of the best young violinists
in the world in Augustin Hadelich to play at the Orleans United Church accompanied
by gifted Canadian pianist Ian Parker.
Fresh off of
winning the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis last Sunday,
Hadelich demonstrated a level of virtuosity that belies his young age.
Just 22, Hadelich
nearly died in a fire on his family's Italian farm in 1999. After a number
of operations that including several skin grafts and months of painful rehabilitation,
he moved to New York where he recently graduated from The Juilliard School.
Parker kicked off their performance with Sonata for Violin and Piano No.
1 in D Major by Beethoven which Hadelich performed during the semi-finals
in Indianapolis, and while the piece was excellently played it paled in
comparison to what was to come.
After the duet,
Hadelich left the stage, leaving Parker to perform "Gaspard de la Nuit",
a piano solo written by Maurice Ravel in three movements. Parker is a tremendously
powerful pianist, but his true gift is in his ability to balance power with
grace as was evident in the first movement when he deftly created the sound
of shimmering water.
After a short
intermission, Hadelich took the stage to perform Sonata for Solo Violin
by Bernd Zimmerman that was unlike anything I have ever heard before. In
a word it was unbelievable. My only regret is that NAC conductor Pinkas
Zuckerman, who sat in the back of the room during the first half of the
concert, wasn't able to stick around to witness it himself.
As good as the
Zimmerman piece was, the highlight of the evening came when Paker returned
to his piano to accompany Hadelich for Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 3
in D Minor by Brahms. The combination of the two young geniuses playing
the Brahms melody together was pure magic and showed a softer more lyrical
side to Hadelich's virtuosity especially during the Adagio.
The dynamic duo
capped their performance with an encore of Chopin's "Nocturne in C
For winning the
competition in Indianapolis, Hadelich received a cash prize of $30,000,
a 24-carat gold medallion, the four-year loan of the 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivari
violin and Tourte bow, a recording contract, a gold Fleur-de-Lys bow made
by Berg Bows and more than 40 concert engagements including a domestic and
international tour entitled "Pure Gold" with Chinese pianist Yingdi
It likely goes
without saying, but Hadelich will be in high demand on concert stages and
with established orchestras the world over. Unfortunately, Friday night's
performance will be his last in Orléans. That's because the small group
of people who first formed Concerts Cumberland back in 1993 to bring quality
classical chamber music to the east end have decided to disband at the conclusion
of this year's concert series.
The next concert
will feature British cellist Michael Jones and classical Spanish guitarist
Agustin Maruri who will be performing pieces from their recently released
CD "Don Quijote y Dulcinea" at Orleans United Church on Saturday, March 4 .
Tickets are $22
for adults, $18 for seniors and only $10 for students 25 and under. They
can either be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling Suzanne
McCully at 613-837-6104.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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