For the Record, Op. 214: Hilary Hahn; Lindsey Stirling; Black Violin; Dallas String Quartet

October 7, 2022, 4:05 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!

Hilary Hahn
Violinist Hilary Hahn. Photo by O.J. Slaughter.

Hilary Hahn, violin
Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducting

"This recording tells stories I didn’t understand until I returned to the stage after a long hiatus: the elation of coming into one’s own, the declaration of an artistic identity, and what it means to regain your native language through music," said Hilary Hahn. The album features Hahn's first recordings of three major works: Dvorák’s Violin Concerto, Ginastera’s Violin Concerto and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy. "When I got onstage for the Dvorák in April last year," she said, "it was like a jolt of life, as if the world came rushing back in Technicolor." BELOW: Hilary Hahn performs Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25: I. Moderato

Snow Waltz
Lindsey Stirling, violin

Is it already time for the holidays? Apparently so! Today pop violinist Lindsey Stirling releases her Christmas album, Snow Waltz (out digitally today and on vinyl November 18th). It features eight classic covers and five original tracks. "I wanted to give the songs a whimsical, pixie-like feeling that’s quintessentially me," Stirling said. "It’s always a challenge to put your own stamp on a classic song that’s been recorded hundreds of times, and I really loved experimenting with different approaches and making sure that every song felt completely unique to who I am as an artist." BELOW: "Ice Storm":

Love Always
Dallas String Quartet
The Piano Guys

If you like string quartet versions of pop tunes, here is an album for you....The Dallas String Quartet offers this collection of their string renditions of pop song such as "10,000 Hours" by Dan + Shay, Taylor Swift’s "Wildest Dreams," and "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran. BELOW: "Wildest Dreams" - Taylor Swift Cover by Dallas String Quartet:

We Are One
Black Violin
• Kev Marcus, violin
• Wil Baptiste, viola
Blind Boys of Alabama

"We come from different places, different backgrounds, different ideas. But ultimately our differences are what make us beautiful and connect us." That is how violist Wil Baptiste describes "We Are One," a song written by Black Violin and performed with the Blind Boys of Alabama. That sentiment is encapsulated profoundly through this cross-genre and multi-generational collaboration. Blind Boys of Alabama's Ricky McKinnie said "Black Violin's sound is exciting and their music makes you want to move," while the group's Jimmy Carter says "We have enjoyed getting to know the guys in Black Violin and we loved collaborating with them." BELOW: Black Violin "We Are One," with the Blind Boys of Alabama:

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October 8, 2022 at 03:48 AM · Well, Lindsey Stirling is right about one thing -- a "pixie-like quality" is definitely her. She's got her own style and her own thing. Good for her!

October 9, 2022 at 10:53 PM · I was at the Dvorak at Montreal last year with Hahn in a commanding performance two nights in a row. I cannot wait to get my hands on this recording.

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