For the Record, Op. 103: Cellist Gautier Capuçon + pianist Yuja Wang; violist Viacheslav Dinerchtein

December 5, 2019, 1:50 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!

Capucon and Wang
Cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Yuja Wang. Photo by Michael Sharkey for Parlophone Records Ltd.

Franck, Chopin
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Yuja Wang, piano

Cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Yuja Wang perform two works by Chopin: his Sonata in A Major and his Polonaise brillante in C Major; as well as Franck’s Sonata in A Major, a transcription by the 19th-century cellist Jules Delsart of the Belgian composer’s violin sonata. BELOW: Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang perform Chopin's Cello Sonata in G Minor: III. Largo

Weinberg: Complete Sonatas for Solo Viola
Viacheslav Dinerchtein, viola

This recording commemorates Mieczyslaw Weinberg's centennial by highlighting a remarkable, rare four-sonata set for solo viola. Composed during Weinberg's later period, when his music suffered a sharp decline in popularity into eventual oblivion, these monumental sonatas have seen little daylight since conception, despite representing what conductor Thomas Sanderling rightfully regards as "Weinberg at his finest." In addition to more than 90 minutes of unique music - intensely vivid, warm, thought-provoking - this 2-CD edition includes a special in-depth essay by Weinberg authority David Fanning, rare historical photographs (some never before published), inputs from several notable personalities and an essay by the performer.
Each bar of Viacheslav Dinerchtein's interpretation is filled with unquestionable dedication to a genius we should all recognize. "What loftier goal can a performer have than to serve the music and not use it for self-promotion?" writes violinist Gidon Kremer. "Listening to this music, played with full commitment, one becomes even more motivated to delve deeper into the scores of the great Weinberg. The masterful interpretation of these virtually never performed challenging works should stir further interest in performers and audiences alike, and I hope the public will be as excited as I am by this recording, a milestone for the contemporary viola repertoire." BELOW: Trailer for Viacheslav Dinerchtein's recording of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's complete Sonatas for Solo Viola.

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