For the Record, Op. 45: Lisa Batiashvili's Visions of Prokofiev; Cellist Kian Soltani

February 15, 2018, 12:41 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!

Lisa Batiashvili
Lisa Batiashvili. Photo by Sammy Hart, courtesy DG.

Visions of Prokofiev
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting

Following her 2016 album with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim, Tchaikovsky & Sibelius Violin Concertos, Lisa Batiashvili releases "Visions of Prokofiev," a new album with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The album features Prokofiev’s two violin concertos as well as select movements from his famous ballets (Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, The Love for Three Oranges), newly arranged for solo violin and orchestra by Lisa’s father, Tamás Batiashvili. BELOW: Batiashvili performs excerpts from the album and briefly talks about the music of Prokofiev.

Kian Soltani, cello
Aaron Pilsan, piano

A protegé of Anne-Sophie Mutter and Daniel Barenboim, 25-year-old cellist Kian Soltani releases his debut DG album, "Home," performed with pianist Aaron Pilsan. Reflecting his Austrian and Persian roots, "Home" features Schubert’s Sonata in A minor (Arpeggione) and Schumann’s "Du bist wie eine Blume," as well as world premiere recordings of Iranian composer Reza Vali’s "Seven Persian Folk Songs," written for Soltani, and the young cellist’s own composition, "Persian Fire Dance." BELOW: Soltani performs and talks about Schumann's "Du Bist wie eine Blume."

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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