For the Record, Op. 3: New Recordings by Kyung Wha Chung, James Ehnes, Nora Germain

October 6, 2016, 8:49 AM · 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!

Bach: Sonatas & Partitas
Kyung Wha Chung, Violin
After returning to the concert stage in 2014, this is Kyung Wha Chung's first-ever recording of Bach’s complete works for solo violin, and her first studio recording in some 15 years. Kyung Wha Chung plays the Chaconne from Bach's Partita in D minor:

Violin Sonatas by Elgar, Debussy & Respighi
James Ehnes, violin
Andrew Armstrong, piano
Released last April, here is a collection with some sonatas by famous composers that, aside from the Debussy, are not exactly in regular rotation. The violin sonata was Debussy's last major composition before his untimely death at the age of 55, according to the program notes. Respighi finished his violin sonata around the same time, in 1918; Elgar finished his the following year. The recording also includes "Berceuse" by Sibelius. James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong play the first movement from Edward Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82:

The Present Moment
Nora Germain, violin
Miles Jensen, guitar
Hereis a collection of live jazz duets of standards like Blue Moon, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and The Nearness of You, from independent artist Nora Germain, who has been featured on

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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October 6, 2016 at 08:33 PM · Kyung Wha Chung is awesome. She totally buries the notion that today's violinists all play the same. Yes, I know, I know, she's 70.

October 7, 2016 at 04:37 AM · What an artist. I was working with a student on the Largo from Sonata No. 3 and so we decided to listen to Kyung Wha Chung's version, from this new recording. It left us speechless. I don't know what to call the style, maybe, "distilled wisdom".... !

October 8, 2016 at 01:10 PM · Gotta get that.

Also, love Ehnes, but not Elgar.

October 11, 2016 at 11:40 AM · Kyung Wha is 68, not 70 years old!

October 13, 2016 at 03:20 AM · Speechless, yes. There are no words for the absolute passion and profundity of this Chaconne.

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