For the Record, Op. 34: Amanda Maier works; Amit Peled; Christmas albums by Lindsey Stirling + Piano Guys.

October 26, 2017, 7:54 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!

Amanda Maier, Vol. 2
Cecilia Zilliacus, violin
Bengt Forsberg, piano
Sabina Bisholt, soprano

This album features even world premiere recordings of the music of Amanda Maier (1853-1894), who was a Swedish-German composer who was married to fellow composer Julius Rontgen and a close friend of Edvard Grieg, Johannes Brahms, and other great musicians of the time. The first volume of her music was released in 2016. On Volume 2, Swedish violinist Cecilia Zilliacus and pianist Bengt Forsberg perform Maier’s violin sonata, and Nine Pieces for Violin and Piano. Soprano Sabina Bisholt makes her recording debut with her interpretation of Maier’s songs. Eight of these seventeen tracks are world premiere recordings. BELOW: Samples from the album.

The Amit Peled Peabody Cello Gang
Amit Peled, cello
The Peabody Peled Cello Gang
The Peabody Peled Cello Gang is composed of students from Amit Peled's studio at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University with students ranging in age from undergraduate freshmen to second-year master's students. This recording features a world premiere arrangement of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 for four cellos by Tom Zebovitz; Popper’s Requiem, Op.66; and Handel’s Sonata for Two Cellos in G Minor, Op.2 No.8. Peled performs on the 1733 Pablo Casals Goffriller cello. "Janos Starker once said, ‘I personally can't perform without teaching and I can't teach without performing.’ Ever since those transformative and magical moments, I knew that I would become a teacher and pass on the tradition of sharing music with my own students on stage," Peled said. "This day arrived when the Cello Gang was created." BELOW: Amit Peled and two of his students from the Peabody Institute, Hans Kristian Goldstein and Paula Cuesta perform David Popper's Requiem for three cellos and piano

Warmer in the Winter
Lindsey Stirling, violin

Pop violinist Lindsey Stirling has produced an album featuring arrangments of 13 Christmas songs. "My music is very synthesized and very produced, and this album is almost completely the opposite," Stirling said. "Almost everything on the album was live." BELOW: Interview about the album

Christmas Together
The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys, featuring cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and pianist Jon Schmidt, have a created a Christmas album featuring Peter Hollens; David Archuleta; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Plácido Domingo with the Cathedral School Choristers; The King’s Singers and Lexi Walker.

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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