For the Record, Op. 137: Steven Isserlis; Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queyras

October 30, 2020, 2:19 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!

Steven Isserlis
Cellist Steven Isserlis.

Tavener: No Longer Mourn For Me
Steven Isserlis, cello
Philharmonia Orchestra, Omer Meir Wellber conducting
Trinity Boys Choir

This release demonstrates Steven Isserlis's deep commitment to the music of composer John Tavener, featuring his works Preces & Responses; The Death of Ivan Ilyich; Popule Meus; Mahámátar; and No Longer Mourn for Me (arranged by Isserlis for eight cellos). The creation of the album is detailed by Isserlis the accompanying booklet, which provides an eloquent counterpoint and commentary to the performances. BELOW: Not from the album, but performed recently: "Thrinos" (Lament) for solo cello, composed by Tavener in late in 1990, for Steven Isserlis. Tavener wrote "Thrinos" to commemorate the death of a close friend.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Duos & Piano Trios
Isabelle Faust, violin
Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
Alexander Melnikov, piano

This boxed set comprises Beethoven's complete set of works for combinations of violin, cello and piano, including trios and sonatas for both instruments. They are performed by Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov on both period instruments (the last two piano trios, op.70 no.2 and the "Archduke") and modern ones. BELOW: Trio for piano, violin and cello No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97: III. Andante cantabile, ma però con moto · Isabelle Faust · Alexander Melnikov · Jean-Guihen Queyras:

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