For the Record, Op. 40: Augustin Hadelich Paganini Caprices; Ning Feng Bach S&Ps; Isabelle Faust Bach

January 11, 2018, 2:52 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!

Paganini: 24 Caprices
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Augustin Hadelich performs the 24 Caprices for solo violin by Nicolo Paganini with an elegance that has come to characterize his playing in the 12 years since he won the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Please see our interview with Augustin Hadelich for his in-depth thoughts about Paganini and recording, which is his debut with Warner Classics, after his 2015 Warner Prize. More recently, Hadelich won a 2016 Grammy for his recording of Dutilleux's Violin Concerto and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year 2018. BELOW: Paganini Caprice No. 17 makes Hadelich think of the cats at the Hadelich farm in Italy - and that inspired this video, directed by Paul Glickman and animated by Tam King:

Bach: Sonatas & Partitas
Ning Feng, violin

Performing on a 1721 Stradivari, Chinese violinist Ning Feng performs these solo works that are at the heart of the violin repertoire. BELOW: Ning Feng performs the "Sarabande" from Partita No.2 in D minor by J.S. Bach (filmed at the Royal Academy of Music, London, in February 2015):

J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
Isabelle Faust, violin
Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord

Notes on this recording: "Trio writing enabled Baroque composers to test their ability to synthesize counterpoint, melody and harmony. Constantly revised throughout his life, this compositional ideal was never more perfectly achieved then by Bach's rare sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord. This duet for three voices sparkles in performances from Isabelle Faust and Kristian Bezuidenhout." BELOW: A 2014 interview with Isabelle Faust and Kristian Bezuidenhout.

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January 12, 2018 at 04:28 PM · Faust is the first violinist that I've ever seen pose for a picture with Bernd das Brot. I have a plush Bernd toy that is the same as those picture but in-between in size.

I appreciated Ning's individuality in the Sarabande. I enjoyed listening to that, maybe I should order his CD. Can't have enough S&P recordings.

January 14, 2018 at 09:42 PM · Fresh reading of the Sarabande with interesting bowing.

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