For the Record, Op. 248: Rachel Barton Pine; Francisco Fullana; violist Georgina Isabel Rossi

August 11, 2023, 6:32 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!

Rachel Barton Pine
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

Dependent Arising
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tito Muñoz conducting

While Rachel Barton Pine is widely known as a classical violinist, she is also a heavy metal enthusiast and performer. Pine discovered her love for heavy metal as a teenager, and later performed at rock radio stations, playing her own arrangements of her favorite metal songs by Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and Metallica alongside works by Paganini and Ysaÿe. From 2009–2014 she was a member of the doom/thrash metal band Earthen Grave, playing 6-string electric violin. Her latest album features Earl Maneein's "Dependent Arising" — Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, a heavy metal-influenced classical concerto written for Pine. It also features Dmitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 - in Pine's words: "There is perhaps no classical composer who is more beloved to metalheads than Shostakovich." BELOW: Trailer for "Dependent Arising":

Spanish Light
Francisco Fullana, violin
Alba Ventura, piano

Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana and pianist Alba Ventura present a recital of Spanish music for violin and piano. Fullana has a natural affinity with this repertoire, which includes dazzling virtuoso pieces by the great violinist-composer Pablo Sarasate, as well as the "Sonata Española" by Joaquín Turina. The recital also features works by several composers from the Catalan region: Enrique Granados, Eduardo Toldrà and Joan Manén, all of whom subtly combine characteristic Catalan folk styles with harmonic influences from France. BELOW: Teaser for the album:

Georgina Isabel Rossi, viola
Silvie Cheng, piano

Drawing on Brazil’s rich musical heritage, this album presents a slew of under-recognized works for viola, including world-premiere recordings of works by João de Souza Lima, Lindembergue Cardoso, and Ernani Aguiar. A solo piano interlude honors Heitor Villa-Lobos, the titan of Brazil’s 20th century musical scene. The concluding track, Chiquinha Gonzaga’s song "Lua Branca" is an arrangement by the two soloists themselves. Cheng and Rossi's previously collaborated on "MOBILI: Music for viola and piano from Chile" (New Focus, 2020). BELOW: Chorinho for viola and piano, by João de Souza Lima:

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