To hear the violin truly sing is one of the great pleasures in music. And Augustin Hadelich, a 29-year-old Italian-born son of German parents, possesses one of the most beautiful violin voices of his generation. He's also blessed with determination. At age 15, he was badly burned in an accident and told he might never play the violin again. Yet Hadelich persevered, relearned his craft, and won the 2006 International Indianapolis Violin Competition. Since then it's been a steady rise upward. In his new album, paired with guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Hadelich brings out a myriad of emotions in Manuel de Falla's Canciones Populares Españolas. In "Nana" his violin croons a sweet and quiet lullaby, and in the flamenco inflected "Polo" he ignites a passionate flame.
Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums
— Tom Huizenga, National Public Radio