For the Record, Op. 109: Johnny Gandelsman Bach Suites; Isabelle Faust Mozart

February 6, 2020, 12:46 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!

Johnny Gandelsman
Violinist Johnny Gandelsman.

J.S. Bach: Complete Cello Suites on violin
Johnny Gandelsman

Following his recording of Bach's complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin in 2018, violinist Johnny Gandelsman presents Bach’s complete cello suites, transcribed for violin, plus the first-ever recording of the 6th suite on a 5-string violin. "Similar to the Sonatas and Partitas, living in the world of the cello suites feels like working in a scientist’s lab," Gandelsman said. "The compositions radiate with the joy of continuously finding new ways to expand the technical and emotional possibilities of the instrument, through the simple act of imagining the impossible, and then putting it down on paper. The pieces sound quite different on the violin, lighter and more dance-like. I hope you enjoy it." BELOW: Gandelsman performs Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 on violin, live at Boston Conservatory in 2019:

Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano & Violin, Vol. 2
Isabelle Faust, violin
Alexander Melnikov, fortepiano

Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov return with their second volume of Mozart Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, performing on period instruments. This volume contains K376, K305, K301 and K378.

If you have a new recording you would like us to consider for inclusion in our Thursday "For the Record" feature, please e-mail Editor Laurie Niles. Be sure to include the name of your album, a link to it and a short description of what it includes.

Note: Some of the links above are Amazon Associate links; purchases made by following these links help support

You might also like:


February 6, 2020 at 10:19 PM · Just pre-ordered Johnny's CD!

February 7, 2020 at 12:42 AM · I'm excited to hear Isabelle Faust's Mozart. I love her interpretations of Baroque and classical works.

February 7, 2020 at 01:37 AM · The pre release of the Faust was stunning and the first recording in the series was nothing short of brilliant

February 7, 2020 at 05:23 PM · The posted video of Gandelsman shows very tasteful playing. That particular movement is one that is often totally wrecked by cellists.

This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Facebook YouTube Instagram Email is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

JR Judd Violins
JR Judd Violins

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

Anne Cole Violin Maker
Anne Cole Violin Maker Shopping Guide Shopping Guide

Metzler Violin Shop

Southwest Strings

Bobelock Cases

Johnson String Instrument/Carriage House Violins

Jargar Strings

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop


Los Angeles Violin Shop


String Masters

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews. Interviews Volume 1 Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn Interviews Volume 2 Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine