For the Record, Op. 46: Patricia Kopatchinskaja's 'Deux'; Cypress and Borromeo Quartets

February 22, 2018, 4:49 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!

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Polina Leschenko
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Polina Leschenko. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Polina Leschenko, piano

For this album, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja joins pianist Polina Leschenko, whose energetic and unpredictable approach is similar to her own. Together they perform the Violin Sonata by Francis Poulenc; "Waltz from Coppelia" by Ernst von Dohnányi; Violin Sonata No. 2 by Béla Bartók and Tzigane by Maurice Ravel. A little history: The Hungarian violinist Jelly dAranyi, grandniece of Joseph Joachim, was a muse to both Bartok and Ravel. In 1922 and 1923, she premiered the two Bartok sonatas for violin and piano and Ravel dedicated Tzigane to her. He wrote to Bartok: "You have convinced me to compose for our friend, who plays so fluently, a little piece whose diabolical difficulty will bring to life the Hungary of my dreams; and since it will be for violin, why don't we call it Tzigane?" BELOW: Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs Tzigane and also speaks about her album:

Ruehr: Six String Quartets
The Cypress String Quartet
The Borromeo String Quartet
Stephen Salters, baritone

For Guggenheim Fellow composer Elena Ruehr the appeal of the string quartet lies in the ability of four instruments to express an infinite range of emotional possibilities, to communicate across time. Her six string quartets attest to her enthusiasm for musical time-travel: echoes of Perotin, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Schoenberg and jazz are there, but the musical language is purely her own. Elena’s Six String Quartets are a magnum opus, three of them commissioned by the Cypress String Quartet, two by the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and one an ASCAP Award winner. BELOW: String Quartet No. 5 "Bel Canto": VII. Gen Arranges a Meeting; performed by the Cypress String Quartet:

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