For the Record, Op. 185: Kristóf Baráti; Isabelle Faust

January 29, 2022, 5:45 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!

Kristóf Baráti
Violinist Kristóf Baráti. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

French Violin Sonatas
Kristóf Baráti, violin
Klára Würtz, piano
Various Artists (see below)

Here is a seven-CD, extensive collection of violin sonatas by French composers, mainly from the first half of the 20th century, including composers Louise Farrenc, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Cesar Franck, Guillaume Lekeu, Henri Vieuxtemps, Rhené-Emmanuel Bâton, Albert Roussel, Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud and André Jolivet. They are performed by violinists Kristóf Baráti, Krysia Osostowicz, Mauro Tortorelli; and pianists Klára Würtz, Angela Meluso, Susan Tomes and Matteo Fossi. BELOW: Kristóf Baráti and Klára Würtz perform Debussy, Ravel and Franck Sonatas:

Ondrej Adámek: Follow Me - Where are You?
Isabelle Faust, violin
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Born in Prague in 1979, composer Ondrej Adámek studied in his Czech hometown and in Paris and has won awards for his orchestral, chamber, vocal and electro-acoustic music. Adámek’s "Follow me" is a three-movement concerto for violin and orchestra in which the melodies are divided between the soloist and the orchestra along the lines of the late medieval hocket technique. This album features the live premieres that work, with violinist Isabelle Faust, as well as "Where Are You?" featuring mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená. BELOW: Follow Me: I:

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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January 30, 2022 at 01:46 AM · At least one of those composers is not French!

January 31, 2022 at 01:14 AM · According to Wikipedia, Cesar Franck took French nationality in 1872, which makes him French from that date.

January 31, 2022 at 04:19 PM · That’s true about Franck, but even so allowing, there is another.

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