For the Record, Op. 215: Renaud Capuçon; Alina Ibragimova; Frank Peter Zimmermann

October 21, 2022, 3:50 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!

Renaud Capucon
Violinist Renaud Capucon.

Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons/Chevalier de Saint-George: Violin Concertos Op.5 & Op.8
Renaud Capuçon, violin, director
Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne

French violinist Renaud Capuçon avoided Vivaldi's wildly popular "Four Seasons" for many years before a recent epiphany: "It's famous because it's amazing." Here he performs the work with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, where he has served as Artistic Director since fall 2021. He pairs it with two concertos composed in Paris in the 1770s by Chevalier de Saint-George (1745-1799), a classical composer of African descent whose considerable work is just beginning to be recognized. "He was an inspiration for Mozart," Capuçon said of Chevalier de Saint-George. "It's music that is very fresh, very straightforward and very full of light." BELOW: Renaud Capuçon on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons & Chevalier de Saint-George:

Telemann: Fantasias for Solo Violin
Alina Ibragimova, violin

Alina Ibragimova plays a 1570 Andrea Amati violin with gut strings and a baroque bow for this recording, which features Telemann's 12 Fantasias for solo violin. The fantasia genre offered Telemann an ideal vehicle for his compositions for amateurs. With its relatively loose structural demands and emphasis on variety, it provided scope for a series of short, individual movements whose character, thematic make-up and internal structure could
be taken in any number of different directions. BELOW: Ibragimova plays Telemann.

The Complete Warner Recordings
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

A violinist of outstanding accomplishment and integrity, Frank Peter Zimmermann has for decades sustained achievement at the highest level as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. As the New York Times has written, "Mr. Zimmermann's style is based on an absolutely clean technique and a true ability to let music unfold and develop at a natural pace." Before recording any work in his repertoire, from essential masterpieces to intriguing rarities, Zimmermann has taken time to understand and define the meaning of every note in the context of his interpretation. In all, this collection contains 30 albums, with performances of most of the major violin concerti and works. BELOW: Zimmermann plays Ysaÿes Sonata for Solo Violin in E Major, Op. 27 No. 6

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October 22, 2022 at 01:55 AM · I agree with Capucon -- the Four Seasons is famous because it's great.

October 22, 2022 at 04:25 PM · Must be my crappy ear, but in that clip, Ibragimova sounds consistently flat. Maybe it's a more historically-informed method.

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