For the Record, Op. 170: Tessa Lark and Nikki Chooi with BPO; Boulogne Symphonies Concertantes; Júlia Pusker

September 16, 2021, 1:59 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!

Violinist Tessa Lark. Photo by Lauren Desberg.

The Four Seasons
Tessa Lark, violin
Nikki Chooi, violin
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falleta conducting

Performed at two separate concerts during the pandemic, here are two different versions of the "Four Seasons." First is Vivaldi's The Four Seasons featuring concertmaster Nikki Chooi. Conductor JoAnn Falletta said this concert felt like "more than music; it became a kind of reassurance, of connection, of continuum. In Nikki's transcendent playing, we all found solace and hope, and wanted to document this performance as a very special moment in our season." Later in the season, the BPO and violinist Tessa Lark performed and recorded "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires," Astor Piazzolla's version of the seasons, revealed through the essence of the tango, which Falletta calls "a sad song disguised as a dance." BELOW: JoAnn Falleta gives a fascinating talk about Astor Piazzolla's history and passion for the tango:

Saint-Georges: Symphonies Concertantes
Yury Revich, violin
Libor Ježek, violin
Pavla Honsová, viola
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Halás conducting

Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was a brilliant swordsman, athlete, violin virtuoso, and gifted composer. He was also an early and important exponent of the "symphonie concertante" – a genre that draws on both the symphony and concerto traditions by adding a second solo violin or viola. Click here to find printed scores of these works. BELOW: Symphonie Concertante in A Major, Op. 9 No. 2: I. Allegro:

Éric Tanguy Violin Concerto No. 2
Júlia Pusker, violin
Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Ville Matvejeff conducting

Éric Tanguy’s Violin Concerto No. 2, revised in 2003, is built on a very classical form, set in three movements that alternate fast–slow–fast and including a big cadenza. The concerto is performed by Júlia Pusker, prize-winner from the 2019 Queen Elizabeth violin competition in Brussels. BELOW: the first movement, "Intense et très lyrique," from Tanguy's Violin Concerto No. 2:

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