For the Record, Op. 251: Johan Dalene, Trio Dichter, Dallas String Quartet

September 1, 2023, 3:51 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!

Johan Dalene
Violinist Johan Dalene.

Stained Glass
Johan Dalene, violin
Christian Ihle Hadland, piano

Twenty-three-year-old Swedish-Norwegian violinist Johan Dalene, winner of the 2019 Nielsen Competition, is joined by pianist Christian Ihle Hadland for a recital that brings together two established classics from the 20th century with lesser-known works from the repertoire for violin and piano. Alongside Ravel’s Sonata, a work that reveals the influence of jazz on the French composer, and Prokofiev’s wartime Sonata, Op. 94a, an idiomatic arrangement of its original version for flute, are compositions by Arvo Pärt, Lili Boulanger and Grazyna Bacewicz. BELOW: Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 in D Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 94a: II. Scherzo:

A Invitation at the Schumanns'
Trio Dichter
Théotime Langlois de Swarte, violin
Hanna Salzenstein, cello
Fiona Mato, piano

Trio Dichter takes us on an imaginary visit to one of the most iconic couples in 19th-century Germany: the home of Robert and Clara Schumann, enlivened by their artistic, musical, and personal exuberance. Bach was one of their models; Gade, Kirchner, and Brahms: their protégés; and Felix Mendelssohn, a close friend. This immersive look at their music-making tells us more than a shelf full of books. BELOW: Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 80: II. Mit innigem Ausdrück:

Quantum Equivalent
Dallas String Quartet
Cheryl B. Engelhardt, piano, vocals, composer

"Quantum Equivalent" is a classical crossover collaboration between composer, pianist, and vocalist Cheryl B. Engelhardt and the Dallas String Quartet. This chamber music / small ensemble performance was written to represent the ethereal journey from having a desire to physically manifesting it, essentially, becoming the "quantum equivalent" of a future event. From yearning, to clarity, to taking action, to transcendence, the piece follows the strings as the protagonist as they discover that they can indeed create the life they want, and that they were never alone in the process. "In a world where differences often divide us, 'Quantum Equivalent' stands as a testament to the unifying power of music," said Ion Zanca, Dallas String Quartet violist and founder. "This piece serves as a reminder that, at our core, we are all interconnected, and through music, we can transcend boundaries and achieve our collective best." BELOW: Trailer for the album:

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September 1, 2023 at 09:41 PM · Quantum element, huh?

Advice to composers: Do not wrap your music in misbegotten poetry, it does not help convince people. Make your work as good and engaging as you can and let it speak for itself. I for one will never even give a pieced a try if it comes with the title "quantum element".

September 1, 2023 at 10:44 PM · Albrecht, such a strong reaction!

I'll counter that people can name their art whatever they wish to name it. I can see why people might want to get a little more creative than "Concerto No. 1" or "Quartet No. 5."

September 2, 2023 at 07:10 AM · Beats me. According to Bing a quantum is "the minimum amount of any physical entity (physical property) involved in an interaction". So a single note?

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