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Mendelssohn & Adams: Violin Concertos

Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi

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Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 64  
1
I. Allegro molto appassionato
Felix Mendelssohn; Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
12:15
2
II. Andante
Felix Mendelssohn; Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
7:07
3
II. Allegretto non troppo - III. Allegro molto vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
6:33
Violin Concerto  
4
I. [ ]
John Adams; Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
14:08
5
II. Chaconne: Body Through Which the Dream Flows
John Adams; Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
11:03
6
III. Toccare
John Adams; Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
7:29
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:35
"... an urgent, passionate rendition, showing off Hoopes's enormous stamina and brilliant, zippy sound."
- The New York Times

"His performance of the Mendelssohn ... points to a musician with all the technical gifts that these days are accepted as norms but also with stylistic taste, purity of tone and an attractive blend of flair and interpretative discretion ... taps Hoopes's lyricism and dexterity to gainful effect.”
- Gramophone

"As a memento of fine work by an impressive young violinist, this recording is a welcome release, one that is certain to find a prominent home in the recorded histories of both pieces. As evidence of a Wunderkind’s matriculation from prodigy to enduring artist of distinction, however, this disc is revelatory. Chad Hoopes transforms his violin into an earnestly individual instrument and through its four strings he sings with inwardness, eloquence and finely-spun beauty which most violinists with many more years of experience can only envy."
- Voix des Arts

The term "revelation" aptly applies to American violinist Chad Hoopes who recorded this debut album with the magnificent Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra when he was only 19 years old. For his debut he chose two seemingly opposed iconic concertos: Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto No. 2 and John Adams’s endlessy melodic Violin Concerto from 1993, performed on a stunning 1713 Antonio Stradivari Cooper. This release, blending old world passion and new world panache, shows off the violinist’s vast stylistic range, effortless virtuosity and exquisite tone.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naive Studio Masters

Recorded in November 2013 at the MDR-Studio Leipzig (Augustusplatz)
Recording producer: Alfredo Lasheras Hakobian
Balance engineer: Evelyn Rühlemann
Editing & mastering: Christian Jaeger, Alfredo Lasheras Hakobian

Recording system:
Microphones: DPA 4006, Neumann M 149, TLM 170, U 87, Schoeps MK 4, MK 21
Preamplifiers & converter: StageTec 32 Bit TrueMatch-A/D
Editing system: Sequoia

Articles translated by Charles Johnston (English), Marie-Stella Pâris (French)
Cover photo: © Marco BORGGREVE
Inside photos: Chad Hoopes © Marco Borggreve; Kristjan Järvi

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