For the Record, Op. 209: Augustin Hadelich; The Knights; Ambroise Aubrun and Martin Chalifour

August 25, 2022, 3:48 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!

violinist Augustin Hadelich
Violinist Augustin Hadelich. Art courtesy Warner Classics, from the "Recuerdos" album cover.

Augustin Hadelich, violin
WDR Symphonie Orchestra, Cristian Macelaru conducting

"For years, I’ve been thinking about how to tell the story of the Britten violin concerto," said violinist Augustin Hadelich. This album is an attempt to do so, surrounding the work with other works that relate in subtle ways. Written in 1938, the work expresses the pacifist composer’s anguish at the Spanish Civil War. "After Britten, the Recuerdos de la Alhambra feel like a painful meditation on loss." Opening the album are Sarasate's famous "Carmen Fantasy," as well as Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2, which was written only a few years earlier than the Britten, in Spain. Hadelich performs with Cristian Macelaru and the WDR Symphony Orchestra, where Hadelich will serve as Artist in Residence for the 2022/23 season. BELOW: Trailer for the album:

The Kreutzer Project
The Knights

"The Kreutzer Project" explores the connections between Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata and the Tolstoy novella it inspired. The album includes new arrangements of both Beethoven's and Janácek’s "Kreutzer" Sonatas, along with a new work entitled "Kreutzings" by The Knights’ co-founder Colin Jacobsen, and a commission from composer Anna Clyne entitled "Shorthand." The Knights will take The Kreutzer Project on tour internationally, performing works from the album across the United States and Europe through November 2022, accompanied by violinist Ray Chen. BELOW: The Knights perform Janácek's "Kreutzer Sonata" Mvt. I (orch. M. Atkinson):

Chamber Works of Éric Tanguy
Ambroise Aubrun, violin
Cécilia Tsan, cello
Steven Vanhauwaert, piano
Martin Chalifour, violin
Elissa Johnston, soprano

This album includes three world-premiere recordings among this collection of chamber works by French composer Eric Tanguy. BELOW: Éric Tanguy - Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano:

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