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Felix Mendelssohn & John Adams: Violin Concertos / Chad Hoopes, violin. Kristjan Jarvi, MDR Leipzig Radio SO

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Adams, John : Concerto for Violin

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Adams, John : Concerto for Violin
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
American violinist Chad Hoopes, 19 years old and mighty boyish-looking when he recorded these concertos, sounds like the real deal. Others think so, too: he was a Young Artists winner in the Yehudi Menuhin competition, a Minnesota Public Radio artist-in-residence, and he has appeared with major orchestras worldwide. A London banker thinks enough of him to lend him the 1713 Cooper Strad. He certainly sounds terrific in the Mendelssohn, perhaps the most beloved violin work of all, one with seemingly countless recordings. In I and III, he plays with technical skill.

For those just discovering Chad Hoopes, nineteen-year-old American violinist, the term "revelation" aptly applies. For his début in the recording studio he has chosen two seemingly opposed concertos: Mendelssohn's famous violin concerto and the concerto composed by his compatriot, John Adams. "Implacably melodic", says Adams of his work. Mr. Hoopes is supported by Kristjan Järvi and his Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The New York Times, May 2014
The cover of this impressive CD shows the prodigiously talented American violinist Chad Hoopes in a hooded sweatshirt, a bow balanced on his folded arms. There's balance, too, in the choice of repertory here: Mendelssohn's evergreen concerto in an urgent, passionate rendition, and that of John Adams, showing off Mr. Hoopes's enormous stamina and brilliant, zippy sound.

CD HotList, May 2014
Chad Hoopes is just as convincing delivering the swooning emotional immediacy of Mendelssohn as the sharp intellectualism of the Adams. His playing is indeed remarkable, and the album as a whole is deeply satisfying.

Lisa Flynn, April 2014
Praised equally for his "molten bravura" (News Times Connecticut) and "understated sensitivity" (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), the exceptional 19-year-old violinist Chad Hoopes' first disc from Naïve blends old-world passion and new-world panache, featuring two iconic concertos-Mendelssohn's beloved Violin Concerto in E minor and John Adams' endlessly melodic Violin Concerto from 1993.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
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...Adams's Concerto...taps Hoopes's lyricism and dexterity to gainful effect.

International Record Review, September 2014
If you like Mendelssohn with more muscle than usual, then ... this performance is for you. An enterprising and unusual coupling.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MDR-Studio Leipzig (Augustusplatz) (11/2013).



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Chad Hoopes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Ensemble: MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/16/1844

>Adams, John : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Chad Hoopes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Ensemble: MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1993