For the Record, Op. 14: Henning Kraggerud's World Premiere Halvorsen recording, and more

February 10, 2017, 9:44 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!

Halvorsen & Nielsen: Violin Concertos
Henning Kraggerud
Johan Halvorsen’s Violin Concerto was performed only three times, all in 1909, by Canadian prodigy Kathleen Parlow when she was just 18 years old. The manuscript score went with her wherever she lived throughout her life, her personal archives ending up in the University of Toronto library archives, only to be rediscovered in 2016. Violinist Henning Kraggerud gives it a gorgeous 21st century premiere with this first-ever recording, on Naxos. Read more in our Interview with Henning Kraggerud.

Pierre Fournier Edition: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca & Philips
Pierre Fournier, cello
Here is a 25-CD set that comprises all the recorded works of the French "Aristocrat of Cellists," Pierre Fournier on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Philips.

Tchaikovsky: Works for Violin & Orchestra
Moonkyung Lee
This recording includes the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto as well as the Meditation from Souvenir d'un lieu cher and Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26.

The String Quartet Tribute to Valentine's Day
Vitamin String Quartet
Vitamin String Quartet has a created playlist of love songs especially for Valentine's Day, featuring Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," James Blunt's "You're Beautiful," Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me," and more romantic favorites. The VSQ has been re-imagining popular songs as classical string compositions for the past 17 years, performing tributes to everyone from Lady Gaga and Queen, to Macklemore and Daft Punk.

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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February 11, 2017 at 03:34 PM · Henning is great. His masterclass videos on Mozart 3 that Yixi posted in one of the discussion threads are awesome. The kind of thing that makes you wish you had 6 hours a day to practice. I'm off to buy my lottery tickets.

February 11, 2017 at 09:40 PM · Here is that master class from 2015, it is great stuff:

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