For the Record, Op. 179: Renaud Capuçon; Fedor Rudin; Christian Svarfvar; Quatuor Ébène

November 18, 2021, 1:34 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 Capucon
Violinist Renaud Capuçon. Photo by Simon Fowler.

Un violon à Paris
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Guillaume Bellom, piano

This album of popular short pieces provides a memento of the first French lockdown in 2020: Renaud Capuçon and pianist Guillaume Bellom performed on social media each day, raising the spirits of their fans. The collection includes music by Ennio Morricone, Charlie Chaplin, Carlos Gardel, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Schumann. BELOW: Enjoy - Renaud Capuçon plays "Meditation from Thais," from the recording session for this album:

Heritage: Works by Denisov, Debussy, Shostakovich & Prokofiev
Fedor Rudin, violin
Boris Kusnezow, piano

Moscow-born violinist Fedor Rudin pays tribute to his grandfather, the Russian composer Edison Denisov, with an album that includes his complete repertoire for violin and piano, performed with pianist Boris Kusnezow. The album also includes works by other mid-20th-century Russian composers that influenced Denisov, including Dmitri Shostakovich, who convinced Denisov to become a composer; and Sergei Prokofiev. "I feel very connected to (my grandfather) through his music, and that is why I try to play and conduct his works more often," Rudin said. BELOW: Trailer for Fedor Rudin's album, "Heritage":

Infinite Bach - by Johan Ullén
Christian Svarfvar, violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

"The Bach violin concertos are not only one of the Baroque period highlights, but are one of the foundations of the entire history of music," said Swedish violinist Christian Svarfvar, referring to his new album of Bach, re-composed by fellow Swede Johan Ullén. "It’s a whole world of beauty in 60 minutes. Then you may ask yourself: why recompose something that is already so perfect?" In much the same spirit as Max Richter's Vivaldi "Recomposed," Bach's "original scores have been reworked and infused with harmonies associated with film music, pop-aesthetic, and minimalism, however, always firmly rooted in Bach." BELOW: Behind the scenes of the recording of "Infinite Bach":

Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets
Quatuor Ébène

Recorded in late 2020 at the Philharmonie in Paris, home city of Quatuor Ébène, this complete DVD cycle of the Beethoven String Quartets, directed by Sébastien Glas, compliments the complete audio cycle recorded by the Ébène in 2019 and early 2020. Entitled Beethoven Around the World, the CDs drew on performances in Paris and six other great cities on five continents. BELOW: The Quatuor Ébène perform Beethoven's String Quartet No. 12 at the Evian Festival in July 2020:

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