For the Record, Op. 99: Rachel Barton Pine; Quatuor Ébène; cellist Christoph Croisé

October 31, 2019, 5:38 PM · Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com'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!

Rachel Barton Pine
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

Dvorák, Khachaturian: Violin Concertos
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Teddy Abrams conducting

"I fell in love with the Dvorák and Khachaturian (violin concertos) and have been fortunate to have performed them each regularly since I was a teenager," writes Chicago-based violinist Rachel Barton Pine. "I was drawn to the (Dvorák) and the way it blends a Brahmsian approach to tone with rhythms inspired by Czech folk music." Of the Khachaturian, Pine said she particularly enjoys being "surrounded by the exciting colors of Khachaturian's masterful orchestration." BELOW: Rachel Barton Pine discusses first learning the Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D minor and why it appealed to her as a teenage heavy metal fan:

Beethoven Around the World
Quatuor Ébène
Pierre Colombet, violin
Gabriel Le Magadure, violin
Marie Chilemme, viola
Raphaël Merlin, cello

"In themselves, Beethoven’s quartets represent an odyssey, a round-the-world voyage," says Quatuor Ébène. The French ensemble is marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a global tour of 21 countries. In the course of their Beethoven Around the World tour, the Ébène will make live recordings in seven different cities: Vienna, Philadelphia, Tokyo, São Paulo, Melbourne, Nairobi and Paris. This first release, recorded at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, comprises the first two "Razumovsky" Quartets, Op. 59, No. 1 and Op. 59, No. 2. BELOW: Quatuor Ébène's Beethoven Around the World project.

The Russian Album
Christoph Croisé, cello
Alexander Panfilov, piano

"The Russian Album" includes Sergei Rachmaninoff's early Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, and Dmitri Shostakovich's D minor Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 40. Croise also offers two encores: his own transcriptions of the March from Sergei Prokofiev's opera, "The Love for Three Oranges," and Rodion Shchedrin's "In the Style of Albeniz." He also includes Thomas Demenga's "New York Honk," a humorous homage to the Big Apple's cacophonous traffic noises. BELOW: "Croisé and Panfilov perform Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano, D minor, Op. 40 at Wigmore Hall.

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