For the Record, Op. 204: Johnny Gandelsman 'This Is America'; Weilerstein Duo

July 8, 2022, 2:36 PM · Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com'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!

Johnny Gandelsman
Violinist Johnny Gandelsman. Photo by Marco Giannavola.

This Is America - An Anthology 2020-2021
Johnny Gandelsman, violin

"In thinking about ways one person could make a small difference, it occurred to me that amplifying the voices of others...is an essential part of being a Classical musician," said violinist Johnny Gandelsman. For this project, "I decided to commission new works for violin from American and U.S.-based composers, asking each one to reflect in some way on the time we were all living through. 22 new works were funded, written, and recorded; rising to the surface were themes like loss and uncertainty, but also joy, friendship, gratitude, and love." Read our interview with Gandelsman about this project here. BELOW: "New To the Session" by Rhiannon Giddens:

Ives’ Violin Sonata No. 3
Donald Weilerstein, violin
Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano

Grant Houston, a student of both of the Weilersteins at New England Conservatory, discovered this 1997 unreleased recording when he told Vivian about his plans to study and perform the third Ives sonata. "When she returned with the sole physical CD of the master tracks (for my ears only, she made clear) I was a bit shocked!" Houston said. "...I couldn't believe I was one of the only people to hear the luminary performance they'd recorded." He made it his mission to get the recording released, and here it is. The Weilersteins also both teach at Juilliard, and Donald Weilerstein is well known for his 20 years as first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet. BELOW: Ives Violin Sonata No. 3: I. Adagio - Andante - Allegretto - Adagio:

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