Warner Classics has signed an exclusive recording contract with violinist Augustin Hadelich
, with his label debut to be released on January 12, 2018. The signing comes as a natural progression for the 33-year-old virtuoso, who was chosen as laureate of the inaugural Warner Music Prize in 2015, and was recently crowned Musical America’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year
Hadelich’s elegant yet impassioned musicianship evokes the violinists of the golden age of the early and mid-20th century. It is fitting, then, that his first album on Warner Classics presents the summit of the art and virtuosity of his instrument with Paganini’s 24 Caprices, which he has recorded on the 1723 ‘Ex-Kiesewetter’ Stradivarius violin.
“I am thrilled to make my first recording for Warner Classics,” said Hadelich. “I have dreamed of recording these caprices ever since I first worked on them as a child. Paganini’s music was a major part of my musical upbringing in Italy, and over the years I have often performed his caprices as encores.”
“In Paganini’s works, the technical fireworks always serve the music, not the other way around. As he explores different extended techniques and virtuosic acrobatics, he reveals himself to be a thoughtful and inspired composer,” he added. “Many of the caprices are charming, funny, entertaining and thrilling, some are dramatic and passionate, and yet others serene and lyrical. Each caprice has its own quirky personality; some are my friends, but others are ferocious beasts to be tamed!”
Jean-Philippe Rolland, Executive Vice-President International A&R and Business Development of Warner Classics & Erato, said: “Augustin’s sound is innately lush, expressive and recognizable. He is a self-reliant yet communicative artist who takes palpable pleasure in performing. These are unique qualities seldom found in a young violinist today, and Augustin has them all. We are delighted to embark on this journey with him.”