For the Record, Op. 19: Josef Gingold interview; Rostropovich Collection; Vlad and Anton

April 13, 2017, 2:03 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!

Josef Gingold: An Exclusive Interview
Joseph Gingold, violinist
Kim Maerkl, interviewer

Kim Maerkl interviewed the legendary violinist Josef Gingold in his studio at Indiana University when he was 80 years old. He tells poignant stories of his childhood, shares his unique philosophy of teaching and reflects on a lifetime of performing. As Maerkl describes it, "His voice and his stories touch the soul." Here is that voice, in an excerpt from the interview:

Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello

March 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich’s death, and here is a huge collector's set to mark the occasion: 40 CDs, 3 DVDs and a 200-page hardback book. It includes works by more than 60 composers, from iconic recordings to rarities. A number of the live performances originate from Russian tapes saved from destruction by resourceful Soviet archivists when Rostropovich was exiled from the USSR (1974-1990), and which came back to light in the late 1990s. He remains a powerful presence on the world’s cultural scene through his legacy as the greatest cellist of his time, as a brave advocate of human rights, and as a man of proverbial generosity and charisma. 2017 brings two major anniversaries for Mstislav Rostropovich –the 90th anniversary of his birth and the 10th anniversary of his death. Rostropovich performs the Prelude from Bach Cello Suite No.1:

Vlad & Anton ‘Live’
Vladimir and Anton Jablokov, violin

Slovakian "duelling" violinist brothers Vladimir and Anton Jablokov have recorded a live album of Russian folk tunes and romances including well-known pieces by Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich. The album was inspired by their Russian grandfathers life as a wandering minstrel playing gypsy music. Here they perform "Meadowlands" for BBC Proms in the Park at Titanic Belfast.

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