For the Record, Op. 59: Daniel Lozakovich; Mira Wang and Jan Fogler; Isabelle Faust; Marcy Rosen

June 14, 2018, 8:29 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!

Daniel Lozakovich
Violinist Daniel Lozakovich. Photo by Lev Efimov.

Bach, J.S.: Violin Concertos No. 1 & No. 2; Partita No. 2
Daniel Lozakovich, violin
June 8, 2018 (DG)

The youngest musician currently signed to Deutsche Grammophon, Daniel Lozakovich releases his debut recording of Bach’s two violin concertos with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks as well as a solo performance of Bach's Partita No. 2, featuring the famous Chaconne. Lozakovich has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, among others. He also is a regular performer at the Verbier Festival, the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, the Colmar Festival and the Sommets musicaux de Gstaad, amongst many other international music festivals.This August, Lozakovich will perform at the Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as two dates at David Geffen Hall in New York. BELOW: Daniel Lozakovich talks about Bach, with excerpts from the album.

Double Concertos: Brahms, Rihm, Harbison
Jan Vogler, cello
Mira Wang, violin
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Peter Oundjian conducting

Cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang have recorded three Double Concertos with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, directed by Peter Oundjian: Brahms’ Double Concerto, and the world premiere recordings of new double concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and John Harbison. The English press wrote the following about a previous performance of the Brahms Double Concerto by the couple: "Vogler, in particular, treated his solo sections like an operatic recitative, even in the faster Vivace sections of the finale, and Wang, his wife, matched him both in virtuosity and in beauty of tone. The highlight, however, was the opening of the slow movement, which produced sensational legato tone, soloists and orchestra slotting into one another like concentric circles, and creating a sound like molten chocolate." American composer John Harbison (born 1938), whose cello concerto premiered by Yo-Yo Ma, composed his double concerto for the Boston Symphony Orchestra commissioned by the Friends of the Dresden Festival. The world premiere with Jan Vogler and Mira Wang took place on April 8, 2010 in Boston under the direction of Carlos Kalmar. Written in memory of Roman Totenberg, this is the first recording of the work. The German composer Wolfgang Rihm was born in 1953 and his duo concerto, was first performed at Carnegie Hall in New York by Vogler and Wang with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2015 and recorded here with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. BELOW: Mira Wang and Jan Vogler perform an excerpt from Wolfgang Rhim's Duo Concerto for violin and cello.

Schubert: Oktett D803
Isabelle Faust
Anne-Katharina Schreiber, violin
James Boyd, viola
Kristin von der Goltz, cello
James Munro, contrabass
Lorenzo Coppola, clarinet
Javier Zafra, bassoon
Teunis van der Zwart, horn

In response to a commission from Count Troyer, who wanted a work closely modeled on Beethoven’s famous Septet, Schubert – despite his fervent admiration for the older composer – resolutely struck out on his own by delivering an Octet, a work in six movements filled with citations of folk songs, Ländler and folk dances and one of the works with which the composer prepared his path towards symphonic writing. For this release, Isabelle Faust and her colleagues perform the work on period instruments.

Sonatas of Thuille, Tovey and Dohnányi
Marcy Rosen, cello
Lydia Artymiw, piano
American cellist Marcy Rosen presents a recital of three turn-of-the-century works for cello. Ludwig Thuille's sonata was published in 1902 and shows Wagnerian influences alongside contrapuntal mastery. Sir Donald Francis Tovey's Sonata for Two Cellos was composed in 1912, while Tovey was visiting at Pablo Casals' summer home. Casals called Tovy "one of the greatest musicians of all time" and this Brahmsian score is both inspired and beautifully composed. Dohnányi began the writing of his Op. 8 in 1899. It contains an ardent first movement, a gorgeous slow movement, a sparkling scherzo, and an ingenuous set of variations for its finale.

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