For the Record, Op. 188: Gidon Kremer; Théotime Langlois de Swarte

February 20, 2022, 2:09 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!

Gidon Kremer

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Sonatas for Violin Solo
Gidon Kremer, violin

Violinist Gidon Kremer has been a key figure in the revival of interest in the music of Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, who lived in the Soviet Union for much of his life and was close friends with Dmitri Shostakovich. Kremer ranks Weinberg's three sonatas for solo violin - written in 1964, 1967 and 1979 - with the Bartók sonata for their challenges and rewards. "I am very pleased that the world is slowly recognizing Mieczyslaw Weinberg as an important composer," Kremer said. "For me personally, the treasure trove of his compositions remains a constant source of enthusiasm and inspiration." On this recording, Kremer plays a violin made by Nicola Amati in 1641. BELOW: Kremer performs Weinberg's Sonata No. 1, Op. 82 - II. Andante:

Vivaldi, Leclair & Locatelli: Violin Concertos
Théotime Langlois de Swarte, violin

Baroque violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte continues his exploration of the violin repertory of the early 18th century, highlighting the links between three leading composers for the instrument, whose popularity was burgeoning at the time: Vivaldi, father of the violin concerto, and two of his most brilliant younger contemporaries, Locatelli and Leclair. BELOW: Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in B Minor, featuring violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte and dancer François Alu.

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