For the Record, Op. 45: Patricia Kopatchinskaja's 'Deux'; Cypress and Borromeo Quartets border=0 align=

For the Record, Op. 45: Patricia Kopatchinskaja's 'Deux'; Cypress and Borromeo Quartets

February 22, 2018, 4:49 PM · Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com's weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Deux
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Polina Leschenko, piano

For this album, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja joins pianist Polina Leschenko, whose energetic and unpredictable approach is similar to her own. Together they perform the Violin Sonata by Francis Poulenc; "Waltz from Coppelia" by Ernst von Dohnányi; Violin Sonata No. 2 by Béla Bartók and Tzigane by Maurice Ravel. A little history: The Hungarian violinist Jelly dAranyi, grandniece of Joseph Joachim, was a muse to both Bartok and Ravel. In 1922 and 1923, she premiered the two Bartok sonatas for violin and piano and Ravel dedicated Tzigane to her. He wrote to Bartok: "You have convinced me to compose for our friend, who plays so fluently, a little piece whose diabolical difficulty will bring to life the Hungary of my dreams; and since it will be for violin, why don't we call it Tzigane?" BELOW: Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs Tzigane and also speaks about her album:

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Remembering French Jazz Violinist Didier Lockwood (1956-2018) border=0 align=

Remembering French Jazz Violinist Didier Lockwood (1956-2018)

February 22, 2018, 1:07 PM · The world is remembering and celebrating the life of French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, who died suddenly on Sunday, a day after he performed at the jazz club Bal Blomet in Paris and less than a week after celebrating his 62nd birthday on Feb. 11.

Here is Lockwood, just last summer, performing with characteristic dynamism, as guest on the Hans Zimmer Live On Tour 2017:

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An Appreciation: Robert Mann (1920–2018)

February 21, 2018, 7:00 PM · Robert Mann loomed large in my life as a teenager in Seattle during the 1960s. As I was discovering the world of string quartet music it was Mark Sokol who first introduced me to the recordings of the Juilliard Quartet. Mark later went on to study with Robert Mann and to help form the Concord Quartet. If life were fair, it would be Mark who would write this appreciation.

Many times Mark and I stayed up late into the night listening together in awe of the Juilliard Quartet's first Bartok LPs. We were blown away by the gutsy bold playing, the timing, and the wild slashing tempos. Mann, along with Robert Koff, Raphael Hillyer, and Arthur Winograd, had a blazing, colorful, wildly propulsive sound that went right to the heart of the music. Keep reading...

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