For the Record, Op. 164: Brieuc Vourch; cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand

July 23, 2021, 12:22 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!

Brieuc Vourch
Violinist Brieuc Vourch. Photo by Andrej Grilc, courtesy of the artist.

Sonatas by Strauss & Franck
Brieuc Vourch, violin
Guillaume Vincent, piano

French violinist Brieuc Vourch, 25, and pianist Guillaume Vincent call their new recording of sonatas by Strauss and Franck a "radical quest for authenticity." Vourch, who has studied with both Itzhak Perlman and Boris Kuschnir, said that "Guillaume and I worked day and night on both pieces and tried to do justice to every phrase, to give it contour and depth. During this radical quest for authenticity, we went to our utmost limits and beyond to comprehend these scores as profoundly as possible, to extract the composers' substance, in order to penetrate the endless musical universe of Strauss and Franck. This is because we know that we have to make 'a strong statement' amid the ocean of legendary recordings. We believe that we have achieved this and hope our listeners can feel and hear it." BELOW: A trailer for the new album, with musical excerpts and commentary in both German and English:

Brahms: Sonatas & Liebeslieder For Cello and Piano
Emmanuelle Bertrand, cello
Pascal Amoyel, piano

French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and pianist Pascal Amoyel celebrate 20 years together as a cello and piano duet with a recording of Brahms' two cello sonatas (Op. 38 and Op. 99) plus Six Love Songs and "Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer," originally voice but "sung" here by the cello. Their previous recordings of cello sonatas by Shostakovich (2013), Chopin (2015) and Saint-Saëns (2017) have been awarded the Diapason d’Or and the Cannes Classical Award. BELOW: Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: I. Allegro vivace.

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