For the Record, Op. 2: New Recordings by Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Gluzman

September 28, 2016, 8:33 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'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!

For the Love of Brahms
Joshua Bell, violin
Steven Isserlis, cello
Jeremy Denk, piano
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Joshua Bell, conductor
Superstar violinist Joshua Bell teams up with Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk to perform Brahms’s first published chamber work, the Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8. The recording also includes the Double Concerto in A Minor, Op. 102 and the slow movement of Schumann’s Violin Concerto -- "it may be my favorite slow movement in any concerto," Bell says. Bell and Isserlis play the third movement from Brahms' Double Concerto in A Minor, Op. 102:

Schumann, Bach, Brahms
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Martha Argerich, piano
"My dream, always, was to perform with Martha," said Itzhak Perlman of this recording, in which the two famous musicians perform Bach Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4 in C minor; Brahms Sontatensatz in C minor; and Schumann Fantasiestücke and Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor. "It's like having a converstation," Argerich said, "You get inspired by what you hear at a particular moment. There is an interplay, a lot of things happen -- it has spontaneity!"

Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi, conductor
Ukrainian-born Vadim Gluzman presents both violin concertos by Sergei Prokofiev, played on the 1690 "ex-Auer" Strad that he plays on loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago. The recording also includes Prokofiev's Sonata in D major for Solo Violin, Op. 115, originally written for pedagogical purposes.

Intimate Letters
The Lyris Quartet
Leoš Janácek's Second String Quartet, Intimate Letters, was inspired by his obsessive devotion to his muse, Kamila Stösslová, a married woman 38 years his junior, to whom he wrote more than 700 love letters over 11 years. The recording also includes works by four composers commissioned by the LA-based Lyris Quartet to write works inspired by Intimate Letters: "Unrequited," by Billy Childs; "Fancies" by Bruce Broughton; "Intimate Voices" by Peter Knell; and "Inside Voice" by Kurt Rohde. The quartet will perform the works live on Oct. 8 for the Jacaranda new music series in Santa Monica, Calif.; click here for more information.

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.


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