For the Record, Op. 6: New Recordings by Yevgeny Kutik; Trio Céleste; The Piano Guys

October 27, 2016, 10:51 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!

Words Fail
Yevgeny Kutik, violin
John Novacek, piano
A song without words for the violin -- that is what Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik wanted to create when he commissioned composer Timo Andres to write him a piece for violin and piano. This album features that work, plus works by Mendelssohn, Mahler, Prokofiev, Messiaen and Lera Auerbach.

Trio Céleste Debut Album
Trio Céleste
For their debut album, the Los Angeles-based Trio Céleste performs piano trios by Beethoven and Dvorák, and the world premiere recording of Constellations: Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, a piece the group commissioned with variations written by Samuel Adler, Mike Block, Paul Dooley, Eugene Drucker, Peter Erskine, Eric Guinivan, Fred Hersch, Pierre Jalbert, Jim Scully, and Cristina Spinei. The variations are based on the Largo con espressione movement of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2.

The Piano Guys
Chances are that you've seen a video or two by The Piano Guys, a Utah-based group featuring cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and friends performing clever musical mashups like Cello Wars, Adele Hello/Mozart Lacrimosa, and Let It Go/Vivaldi's Winter. The high-production videos have been making their way around the Internet since about 2010. Their new album leans to the pop side of things, but here is one of the more classical selections from it: The Piano Guys play The Jungle Book / Sarabande (Mayan Style):

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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