For the Record, Op. 111: Virgil Boutellis-Taft's 'Incantation'

February 20, 2020, 1:30 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!

Virgil Boutellis-Taft
Violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft. Photo by Dan Carabas.

Virgil Boutellis-Taft, violin
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jac Van Steen conducting

Here's a young violinist worth a good listen, and he will also be performing in Carnegie Hall April 28. French violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft presents a wide-ranging album that includes Bruch's Kol Nidrei; Vitali's Chaconne; Saint-Saëns, Danse macabre (a world premiere arrangement by Paul Bateman); Tchaikovsky's Sérénade mélancolique; Bloch's Nigun (from Baal Shem); Chausson's Poème; and Shigeru Umebayashi's "Yumeji’s Theme" from Wong Kar-Wai's film "In the Mood for Love." BELOW: Boutellis-Taft performs Brahms' FAE Sonata:"

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