For the Record, Op. 21: Mazas Etudes; Renaud Capucon Brahms + Glass/Bernstein

April 27, 2017, 1:52 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!

Brahms-String Sextets Nos. 1&2
Renaud Capucon, violin
Gautier Capucon, cello
Christoph Koncz, violin
Gerard Causse, viola
Marie Chilemme, viola
Clemens Hagen, cello

Here is a live performance of Brahms' String Sextets Nos. 1 and 2 from the Aix Easter Festival 2016, featuring brothers Renaud Capucon and Gautier Capucon as well as Gerard Causse of France; cellist Clemens Hagen, a member of the Hagen Quartet; French violist Marie Chilemme, and the Austrian violinist Christoph Koncz, a member of the Wiener Philharmoniker who first achieved fame in the role of a child prodigy in the 1998 feature film The Red Violin.

Mazas Etudes Spéciales, Opus 36: Book 1 for Violin
Lisa McNiven, violin

Here's a new study aid for the Mazas etudes, a recording of the Op. 36 Etudes Spéciales for violin, performed by Idaho-based violinist Lisa McNiven. “One of my students asked me if a recording was available to help her prepare for All-State auditions,” McNiven said. “I told her there really wasn’t, and soon after decided to do a recording project to create the product and fill that gap in violin education.” To celebrate the release, McNiven is offering a 17% discount (through Aug. 31) to help students prepare for the 2017 auditions through her shop at, using the coupon code ALLSTATE17. McNiven plans to release a recording of the same set of etudes, for viola, in the fall.

Glass: Violin Concerto No.1; Bernstein: Serenade
Renaud Capucon, violin
Bruckner Orchester Linz, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.

Violinist Renaud Capucon performs two 20th-century concertos: the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Philip Glass (1987) and "Serenade after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein (1954).

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.


April 28, 2017 at 04:09 PM · Ahh! The Mazas Etudes recorded by a pro. That's a must-have. Y'all pros out there, do the other study books! We really want to hear them. Very soothing to listen to all those studies we struggled against as kids (and continue to struggle against as adults, at least in my case)!

April 29, 2017 at 09:34 PM · Check out the discography of Steven Staryk....I'd bet he's recorded just about all the significant etude materials one encounters in studying violin...and Sir Thomas Beecham claimed no one, but no one did Scheherazade like Staryk

April 30, 2017 at 07:50 PM · Yes apparently his three-CD "anthology" (originally 6 vinyl records) has a lot of studies -- Dont, Kreutzer, Rode, Fiorillo, etc. Very cool. Staryk's career story is worth reading about too.

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