For the Record, Op. 112: Renaud and Gautier Capuçon; William Hagen; Isabelle Faust

February 27, 2020, 12:17 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!

Renaud Capuçon
Violinist Renaud Capuçon.

Beethoven Piano Trios: "Archduke", "Ghost"
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Frank Braley, piano

Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley, well established as chamber-music partners, perform two of Beethoven’s greatest piano trios, the ‘Ghost’ and the ‘Archduke’. “Together, all three musicians have the quality that is the most priceless of all in playing chamber music,” wrote The Guardian when the Capuçons and Braley played the ‘Archduke’ at London’s Wigmore Hall, “they listen intently to each other and always take note of what they do. Their account of the Archduke Trio … had a tremendous sense of organic coherence." BELOW: Piano Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1, "Ghost": III. Presto:

Danse Russe
William Hagen, violin
Albert Cano Smit, piano

American violinist William Hagen and pianist Albert Cano Smit perform some of the best-ever Russian ballet music - transcribed for violin and piano, including Stravinsky's Divertimento from the "Fairy's Kiss"; Suite Italienne; the Danse Russe from "Petrushka"; and the Russian Maiden's Song from "Mavra." Also on the album is Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a. BELOW: Danse Russe from "Petrushka":

Schoenberg: Violin Concerto and Verklärte Nacht
Isabelle Faust, violin
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding conducting

"Almost forty years separate Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) from the Violin Concerto – the former still influenced by the idiom of Brahms and Wagner, the latter deriving from the richness of that later period when Schoenberg managed to combine a multiplicity of approaches within his twelve-note system. Between post-Romantic twilight and ‘classical’ rigour, Isabelle Faust and her most faithful partners offer us an extraordinarily lively interpretation of some of the most remarkable pages in twentieth-century musical literature."

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