For the Record, Op. 70: Nikolaj Znaider; Matt Haimovitz and Yumi Hwang-Williams; Christian Svarfvar

November 15, 2018, 2:23 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!

Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos.1, 2 & 3
Nikolaj Znaider, violin and conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Serving as both conductor and soloist, Nikolaj Znaider concludes his Mozart series on LSO Live with Mozart's Concertos Nos. 1,2 and 3, having released Violin Concertos No. 4 & 5 last spring. BELOW: Znaider talks about the music of Mozart.

Isang Yun: Sunrise Falling
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Maki Namekawa, piano

This album is a centennial commemoration of the life and music of Korean composer Isang Yun (1917–95). A cellist himself, Yun’s autobiographical Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (1975/76) anchors the album. "I tapped into every aspect of my musical toolbox as I approached what at first glance appeared impossible," said cellist Matt Haimovitz. "At the end of my solitary work was confirmation of the rich treasure I had in my possession. Isang Yun’s Cello Concerto deserves to stand alongside Lutoslawski’s and Dutilleux’s in the pantheon of the genre’s late 20th century innovations." The album also includes Yun's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.1 (1981) played by violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams, and other works.
The liner notes describe Yun's politics as well: "Uncompromising in his life as he was in his music, Isang Yun held fast to his dream of a united people, even as he was unjustly accused of espionage for North Korea and sentenced to imprisonment and death." BELOW: Haimovitz talks about Yun's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (1975/76).

Bruch & Stenhammar: Violin Works
Christian Svarfvar, violin
London Symphony Orchestra, Henrik Mawe conducting

Scandinavian violinist Christian Svarfvar performs Max Bruch's popular Violin Concerto No.1 as well as Wilhelm Stenhammar's Violin Sonata in A minor and Sentimental Romances.

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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