For the Record, Op. 220: Gwendolyn Masin; David Greenberg; Nick Revel; Robert McDuffie

December 2, 2022, 11:53 AM · 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!

Gwendolyn Masin
Violinist Gwendolyn Masin. Photo by Balazs Borocz.

Gwendolyn Masin, violin
Kirill Troussov, violin
Rachel Harnisch, soprano
Jan Philip Schulze, piano

Born out of an idea to elevate Irene Wieniawski (aka Poldowski) - composer, pianist and daughter of Henryk Wieniawski - as well as draw a family tree of blood lines and student-teacher relationships, the album showcases works that have rarely been explored before. These include Poldowski’s Tango for Violin and Piano, Eugène Ysaÿe’s String Quintet as well as George Enescu’s Sept Chansons de Clément Marot. BELOW: String Quintet in B Minor, by Eugene Ysaÿe:

Multiple Voices for One
David Greenberg, violin

Multiple Voices for One is an exploration of the intersection between two musical aesthetics: Baroque and Cape Breton - styles that compliment one another in surprising and beautiful ways. "What I especially love about these baroque-folk pairing are the surprising things that one genre learns from the other—the music’s emotional range increases dramatically," Greenberg said. "Their combined story feels spontaneous and capable of expressing both profound melancholy and wild joy. Unconventional musical techniques and expressive vocabulary become newly available as one world meets another." BELOW: Minuet in A Major with Variations - Grateful for These Gifts.

Dream Collider
Nick Revel, viola

With styles leaning heavily on both pop-inspired electronic music and ambient-style film music, Nick Revel, a founding member of the PUBLIQuartet, leads the listener on a journey that questions the traditional sound of the viola. "Born of my own emotional darkness and a yearning for joy during the height of the pandemic, this album provides a sonic fantasy of new worlds, a reprieve from suffering, and visions of realities beyond what is currently possible on Earth," Revel said. Dream Collider is comprised of 13 tracks, many of which accompanied by music videos - watch all of the Dream Collider music videos here. BELOW: "A Dream Within a Dream," from the album:

Icons: Philip Glass, John Adams, & John Corigliano
Robert McDuffie, violin
Elizabeth Pridgen, piano

Violinist Robert McDuffie and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen fix a spotlight on three masterpieces of the violin piano repertoire by three of the most celebrated American composers, performing Philip Glass's Violin Sonata from 2008; John Adams' "Road Movies"; and John Corigliano's Violin Sonata. BELOW: In a different performance, Robert McDuffie performs American Four Seasons by Philip Glass, with the American Youth Symphony:

If you have a new recording you would like us to consider for inclusion in our "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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