For the Record, Op. 193: Palaver Strings; cellist Bruno Phillippe

April 16, 2022, 6:19 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!

Palavar Strings
Palaver Strings. Photo by Christina Wnek.

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Palaver Strings

Musician-led ensemble Palaver Strings, based in Portland, Maine, releases its new album of music by diverse female composers, featuring works by Grazyna Bacewicz, Maddalena Casulana, Barbara Strozzi, Akenya Seymour and fiddlers Liz Knowles and Elizabeth Moore. "Throughout classical music history, most women were excluded from the formal training and institutional support their male counterparts enjoyed, their work erased from the canon," said a statement by the group. "While music by men is allowed to ‘speak for itself,’ women’s creative output is still often viewed through a gendered lens." BELOW: Video trailer for the album:

Bach: The Complete Cello Suites
Bruno Phillippe, cello

Bruno Philippe conceives Bach's Suites for solo cello as an existential journey, from life to death and resurrection. Playing on gut strings, the young French artist offers us an inward, deeply moving reading of this monument of instrumental music. BELOW: Teaser for the album:

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