For the Record, Op. 30: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends; Takàcs Quartet Dvorák

September 28, 2017, 11:34 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!

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds
Bill Murray, actor and comedian
Jan Vogler, cello
Mira Wang, violin
Vanessa Perez, piano

Actor and comedian Bill Murray met German cellist Jan Vogler on a trans-Atlantic flight. The two struck up a friendship and soon had the idea to work together on a project: New Worlds. Murray sings and narrates, with songs by Foster, Gershwin, and Bernstein, as well as readings by Whitman, Hemingway, and Twain. They have taken their show on the road, as well, including an upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 16. BELOW: Excerpts from the show.

Dvorák: String Quartet Op. 105, String Quintet Op. 97
Takàcs Quartet
Edward Dusinberre, violin
Károly Schranz, violin
Geraldine Walther, viola
András Fejér, cello
Lawrence Power, viola

The University of Colorado Boulder-based Takács Quartet performs two chamber works by Dvorák. The group is joined by violist Lawrence Power for the "American" Quintet, Op. 97, which dates from Dvorák's sojourn in the New World. The album also includes Dvorák's String Quartet Op. 105, from his return to old-world Prague. BELOW: Excerpts from the album:

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.


September 28, 2017 at 07:59 PM · Love the Dvorak quartet recording.

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