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For the Record, Op. 33: James Ehnes; Brooklyn Rider; Z.E.N Trio

October 19, 2017, 11:29 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!

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
James Ehnes, violin
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Manze conducting

For James Ehnes' first recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, he has teamed up with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, led by fellow violinist/conductor Andrew Manze. The recording also includes Beethoven's "Romances" for violin; and Schubert's "Rondo."

James Ehnes
James Ehnes. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega.

The Z.E.N Trio: Brahms & Dvorák Piano Trios
Esther Yoo, violin
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
Zhang Zuo, piano

The Z.E.N. Trio met on the BBC New Generation Artists’ scheme in 2015 and have since performed concerts together for BBC radio as well as across the UK and elsewhere in Europe. The trio performs Brahms' Piano Trio No. 1 and Dvorák's Piano Trio in E minor, Op.90. BELOW: About the Z.E.N. Trio:

Spontaneous Symbols
Brooklyn Rider

The recording includes music written for the group by composers Tyondai Braxton, Evan Ziporyn, Brooklyn Rider violinist Colin Jacobsen, 2014 Rome Prize recipient Paula Matthusen, and polymathic guitarist/ composer/producer Kyle Sanna. The project is "somewhat rooted in the artistic firmament of New York City, but the scope of these wide ranging works extends far beyond," said quartet violist Nicholas Cords. The new recording "shows us once again at the core of our artistic mission as a string quartet; bringing new works to life." BELOW: Brooklyn Rider plays Spontaneous Symbols - in 45 seconds:

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