For the Record, Op. 194: Lea Birringer; Ensemble Vivant

April 21, 2022, 9:50 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!

Lea Birringer
Violinist Lea Birringer. Photo by Uschi Schmidt Fotografie.

Mendelssohn & Sinding Violin Concertos
Lea Birringer, violin
Hofer Symphoniker, Hermann Bäumer conducting

German violinist Lea Birringer’s first concerto recording combines the well-known with a concerto she feels is deserving of more recognition, by Christian Sinding (1856-1941), who composed his violin concerto 1898. It proved a great success in its time, so its neglect today is puzzling. The album also includes a Romance by Sinding, published in 1910. Mendelssohn’s concerto of 1845 is one of the most frequently played works in the repertoire. BELOW: Trailer for the album.

iFugue - a World of Fugues
Ensemble Vivant

Canada-based Ensemble Vivant puts their own spin on an old compositional technique for this album, a highly unique collection of 15 fugues from around the world. The album includes the group's take on fugues by Antonio Vivaldi (Italy), Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil), Aldemaro Romero (Venezuela), Astor Piazzolla (Argentina), John Burke and Michael Coghlan (Canada), Dmitri Shostakovich (Russia), Cesar Franck (France), and, of course, J.S. Bach (Germany). The ensemble includes pianist/artistic director Catherine Wilson, violinist Corey Gemmel, violist Norman Hathaway, cellist Tom Mueller, and bassist George Koller, with guest percussionist Adrian Bent (Drake, Eminem, Stevie Wonder). BELOW: Ensemble Vivant's’s iFugue, arranged by John Burke, was originally written by Antonio Vivaldi and is from his Sinfonia in E minor for strings and continuo RV 134:

If you have a new recording you would like us to consider for inclusion in our Thursday "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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April 22, 2022 at 08:22 AM · Two delicious aperitivos, Laurie! Thanks. Sinding is just a name for me: I've never heard a note till today, so that is part of my weekend homework!

April 22, 2022 at 07:49 PM · Lea Birringer is all the proof anyone needs that great violin music sounds just as good when the soloist is wearing a tee shirt and jeans as it does when she is wearing a sequined mermaid gown.

April 24, 2022 at 06:27 PM · hi Paul, I think you're confusing what they wear at performances with what they wear at recording sessions?

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