This week we're launching a new feature on Violinist.com called "For the Record," a 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!
Tchaikovsky: Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra
Odense Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov, conductor
In 1994, Jennifer Koh won the top prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Though she has performed works of Tchaikovsky countless times live, this her first-ever recording of Tchaikovsky works. Besides the famous ("unplayable") Violin Concerto, it also includes Sérénade Mélancolique, Valse-Scherzo, and Souvenir d'un lieu cher (Glazuonov's orchestration). Jennifer Koh plays "Meditation" from Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir d'un lieu cher":
Khachaturian & Glazunov: Violin Concertos
Bochumer Symphoniker; Steven Sloane, conductor
Philippe Quint continues his exploration of Russian repertoire with this new recording of Alexander Glazunov's Violin Concerto, written originally for Leopold Auer; and Aram Khachaturian's Violin Concerto, written for Soviet violinist David Oistrakh. Philippe Quint plays the last movement from the Khachaturian:
Bartók by Heart
Chiara String Quartet
First they recorded Brahms by Heart, now Bartók's complete string quartets. Wow! It's a 2-CD set. Said cellist Gregory Beaver: "Many of the devilishly difficult passages in (Bartók's) music became natural when performed without printed music. Through the memorization process, we are able to return Bartok's music to the realm of the unrecorded folk music he so lovingly captured." The middle movement of Bartok's String Quartet #4, performed by heart by the Chiara String Quartet:
Shostakovich: Cello Concertos 1 & 2
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
MacArthur “genius grant” winner Alisa Weilerstein plays both cello concertos - markedly contrasting works - by Dmitri Shostakovich. When she was 22, Weilerstein met and played for cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, for whom Shostakovich wrote both of his cello concertos. Later this season she'll play all six of J.S. Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello; she'll also premiere works by American composer Joseph Hallman with the New York Phil.
Paganini: 24 Caprices, Op. 1
Edson Scheid, Baroque violin
Paganini Caprices are played nearly always with a modern set-up, though they were written around 1805 and published in 1820. In this recording, Brazilian violinst Edson Scheid, explores period performance, performing with a classical bow on on a 1739 Testore violin with gut strings and no chinrest, no shoulder rest, and a Baroque bridge and tailpiece. Scheid is a two-time winner of the Historical Performance Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School.
Reimagined: Schumann and Beethoven for Cello Quintet
Ying Quartet and Zuill Bailey
The "Kreutzer" for five! The Ying Quartet plus cellist Zuill Bailey perform Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata (originally for violin and piano) in an 1832 arrangement for cello quintet; as well as their own new arrangement of Schumann's Cello Concerto.
Schumann Piano Quintet
Benvenue Fortepiano Trio
Monica Huggett, Tanya Tompkins, Eric Zivian, Carla Moore, Jodi Levitz
Robert Schumann wrote his piano quintets as a gift to his young wife, the formidable pianist Clara Wieck Schumann. In this recording, period performance expert Monica Huggett and friends explore Schumann's chamber music, using period instruments.
If you have a new recording you would like us to consider for inclusion in our Thursday "For the Record" feature, please e-mail Editor Laurie Niles. Be sure to include the name of your album, a link to it and a short description of what it includes.Tweet
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