For the Record, Op. 155: Augusta and Georgina McKay Lodge; Tim Kliphuis 'The Five Elements'

May 14, 2021, 1:12 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!

Georgina and Augusta McKay Lodge
Violist Georgina McKay Lodge and violinist Augusta McKay Lodge.

J.G. Graun: Chamber Music from the Court of Frederick the Great
Augusta McKay Lodge, violin
Georgina McKay Lodge, viola
Eva Lymenstull, cello
David Schulenberg, harpsichord

"This is some of the earliest chamber music to treat the viola as an equal to the violin, demanding virtuosity from both, and that made the musical connection between my sister and me all the more important as we were working on the recording," said violinist Augusta McKay Lodge. These works are connected to well-known historical personalities including King Frederick "the Great," members of the Bach family, and music patron Sara Levy. The album features sonatas of Johann Gottlieb Graun, Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, Franz Benda & Carl Heinrich Graun, performed on period instruments from new editions prepared by the artists. BELOW: Augusta and Georgina McKay Lodge perform a related work that is not on the album, J.G. Graun's Concerto for Violin and Viola in C Minor, mvt 3:

The Five Elements
Tim Kliphuis Trio and Ensemble

Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis wrote "The Five Elements" while in lockdown - six pieces depicting Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Quintessence, plus Threnody - the last which takes Bach's Chaconne as a point of departure. His style embraces classical, gypsy jazz and folk, and the focus of this album is environmental sustainability. BELOW: An excerpt from The Five Elements, that raises questions about the way we treat this planet and looks to the future with hope:

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.

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May 14, 2021 at 08:10 PM · Augusta McKay Lodge's recording of Bach Chaconne is one of my favorites. You can listen to it on the YouTube channel Voices of Music.

May 15, 2021 at 02:52 PM · Gene, wow you are right, her Chaconne is really eye-opening!

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