For the Record, Op. 206: Elena Urioste; violist Wenting Kang; The Met's 'Concert for Ukraine'

July 22, 2022, 3:44 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!

Elena Urioste and Lark Ascending
Violinist Elena Urioste. Photo by Chris Gloag.

Elena Urioste, violin
London Choral Sinfonia, Michael Waldron, conducting
Fresh from winning a BBC Music Magazine Award, violinist Elena Urioste joins the London Choral Sinfonia for a beautiful performance of "The Lark Ascending," arranged for violin and voices, on an album featuring notable world premiere recordings, and a lineup which also welcomes baritone Roderick Williams and tenor Andrew Staples. BELOW: Elena Urioste plays "The Lark Ascending" as you've never heard it - arranged by Paul Drayton for violin and choir:

Wenting Kang, viola
Sergei Kvitko, piano

Violist Wenting Kang, winner of the First Prize of the Tokyo International Viola Competition in 2012, presents her debut album "Mosaic," a collection of diverse and colorful pieces from France and Spain. The album features works by Albéniz, Casals, de Falla, Fauré, Akira Nishimura, Ravel, and Francisco Tárrega. "These composers not only had a strong impact on each other's work, but they were also very connected in their personal lives," Kang said. "Some of them were professor and student, such as Fauré and Ravel. Others were close friends and colleagues, such as Fauré and Albéniz, Ravel and Falla, Tárrega and Casals and de Falla, and on and on." BELOW: Recuerdos de la Alhambra, by Franceso Tarregay (arranged by R. Ricci):

A Concert for Ukraine
The Met Orchestra and Chorus, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting

The Metropolitan Opera, Decca Classics, and Deutsche Grammophon present A Concert for Ukraine, an album recorded live at the Met on March 14, 2022, that features the company’s complete special concert expressing solidarity with the people of Ukraine. All ticket sales and donations supported relief efforts in Ukraine, and proceeds from the album will also support relief efforts in the country. The album opens with the National Anthem of Ukraine and also includes Valentin Silvestrov's "Prayer for Ukraine"; Barber's "Adagio for Strings"; Verdi's "Va, pensiero"; Richard Strauss "Four Last Songs"; and the Finale, from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. BELOW: Excerpts from the live concert:

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July 22, 2022 at 10:03 PM · Elena Urioste's smile reminds me of Lena Horne ... devastating!

I've listened to her a few times on YouTube and I've always been enchanted with her playing. So soulful and rich.

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