For the Record, Op. 122: Lisa Batiashvili; Goat Rodeo returns; Arabella Steinbacher; Jupiter String Quartet

June 19, 2020, 2:24 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!

Lisa Batiashvili
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili. Photo by Andre´ Josselin.

City Lights
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Nikoloz Rachveli conducting.

Taking its name from Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 film, violinist Lisa Batiashvili’s new album "City Lights" crosses genres and mixes memories, places, sounds and music to powerful and haunting effect. "City Lights" includes 11 pieces that represent the most important cities in Lisa's life. "It doesn’t matter where you go or how far away you end up being, you always have a special connection to places that have become part of you," Lisa said. The album also includes a suite based on Charlie Chaplin’s own music for "City Lights" and his other films. BELOW: Lisa Batiashvili plays "City Memories," by Chaplin/Daniderff, arranged by Nikoloz Rachveli.

Not Our First Goat Rodeo
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Chris Thile, mandolin
Stuart Duncan, violin
Edgar Meyer, bass

This astonishing group of talented musicians records together again, in a follow-up to their GRAMMY-winning 2011 album The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Is it bluegrass? Classical? Jazz, rock, rhythm-and-blues? Doesn't really matter, it's just great listening. BELOW: Released today, "The Trappings," also including s vocalist Aoife O'Donovan:

Four Seasons: Vivaldi-Piazzolla
Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Munich Chamber Orchestra, Peter von Wienhardt conducting

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher presents Antonio Vivaldi’s world-famous Four Seasons alongside Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro estaciones porteñas, creating a lively combination of baroque and tango. BELOW: Arabella plays "Spring" from Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires."

Jupiter String Quartet

Now in its 17th year, the Jupiter String Quartet includes violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel and cellist Daniel McDonough. To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday year, the quartet performed a series of live concert programs, exploring Beethoven's writng influenced works by fellow and future composers. The recorded album Metamorphosis pairs Beethoven’s monumental Op. 131 with Ligeti’s stunning String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes." BELOW: The Jupiter String Quartet plays the first movement from Beethoven's Quartet in C Minor Op. 131:

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June 19, 2020 at 07:42 PM · Faux fur, hopefully.

June 19, 2020 at 07:46 PM · Undoubtedly. Stop looking at the coat and listen! Such lovely and playful music this week.

June 19, 2020 at 08:57 PM · We were mentioning Augustin Hadelich on the discussion forum recently, but Lisa Batiashvili is also on that level, although she is an entirely different violinist. I love her.

June 19, 2020 at 09:08 PM · She really is, Jean. She was artist-in-residence for the NY Phil several years ago, and she's just such an artist. Here's a nice interview we did with her a few years ago when she recorded the Tchaikovsky concerto.

June 19, 2020 at 09:26 PM · I thought it was great music, Laurie. And the video is very cleverly produced too.

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