For the Record, Op. 208: Lisa Batiashvili; Cellist Jan Vogler

August 18, 2022, 4:14 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!

Lisa Batiashvili
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili. Photo by Matthias Ziegler, courtesy Deutsche Grammophon.

Secret Love Letters
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili performs late-Romantic literature, including Ernest Chausson’s "Poème" and Karol Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. First performed in 1922, Szymanowski's concerto is "a piece full of love and pain deriving from the restrictions experienced by a man who was in love with another man at a time when this was outlawed both legally and morally," Batiashvili said. The album also includes Cesar Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano with pianist Giorgi Gigashvili; as well as Claude Debussy's "Beau soir," played with Yannick Nézet-Séguin himself. BELOW: Chausson: Poème, Op. 25 - II. Poco Lento:

The Dvorak Album
Jan Vogler, cello
Kevin Zhu, violin
Matthew Lipman, viola
Juho Pohjonen, piano
Chad Hoopes, violin
Tiffany Poon, piano

This recording focuses on works by Antonín Dvorák and captures the special atmosphere of the Moritzburg Festival, an annual chamber music festival, directed by cellist Jan Vogler. Founded in 1992 the chamber music festival gathers internationally renowned soloists and outstanding young artists from all over the world near Dresden. In the booklet, personal texts by all six artists provide insights into the individual works on the recording, which include Dvorak's "Songs my mother taught me" arranged for cello; Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 87; the "Scherzo" from Terzetto in C major, Op. 74, B. 148; Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, B. 166, “Dumky”; and Eight Humoresques. BELOW: Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90, B.166, "Dumky": I. Lento maestoso:

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