For the Record, Op. 38: New York Phil Historic Broadcasts; Christian Howes Jazz

December 7, 2017, 3:03 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!

New York Philharmonic’s 175th Birthday Celebration releases

In celebration of its 175th birthday today, the New York Philharmonic is releasing all of its 19th-century archival material through the New York Phil Leon Levy Digital Archives. Highlights include 5,500 pages of handwritten minutes; nearly 800 scores and 8,000 orchestra parts; as well as letters from Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Berlioz. On Friday, almost 100 historic performances will be released for streaming for the first time. They will be available on Apple Music and Google Play. In addition, the New York Philharmonic’s 175th birthday concerts, led by former Music Director Alan Gilbert, take place this week, featuring music performed on the Orchestra’s inaugural concert in 1842 and spotlighting Philharmonic Principal musicians.

NY Phil archives include 19th c. programs and more. Image courtesy NY Phil.

Christian Howes + Bobby Floyd (live): Jazz Violin and Piano Duets
Christian Howes, violin
Bobby Floyd, piano

This series of four duets is the result of more than 20 years of collaboration. The pieces included in the series are Nature Boy (ballad), This Little Light of Mine (traditional/gospel), Equinox (medium swing), and Sweet Lorraine (medium swing and stride). BELOW: Christian Howes and Bobby Floyd perform "Sweet Lorraine">

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