For the Record, Op. 219: Renaud Capuçon; André Rieu; Chiaroscuro Quartet; Pacifica Quartet and Anthony McGill

November 25, 2022, 3:59 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!

Renaud Capuçon and Martha Argerich
Violinist Renaud Capuçon and pianist Martha Argerich.

Beethoven, Schumann, Franck
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Martha Argerich, piano

French violinist Renaud Capuçon and Martha Argerich came together in April 2022 for a joint recital at the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence, and their extraordinary rapport comes across in this performance of three of the repertoire’s finest violin sonatas: Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor; Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata and the Franck Sonata. The performance was captured live in a concert that they dedicated to their friend and colleague, the pianist Nicholas Angelich. Having first met more than 30 years ago, Capuçon and Argerich know one another so well that, whenever they go out on stage, "there is no fear," Capuçon said. "It’s as if we just hold hands and leap." BELOW: Renaud Capuçon and Martha Argerich perform Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata and the Franck Sonata:

Silver Bells
André Rieu, violin
Johann Strauss Orchestra

Bring on the holiday music! Violinist André Rieu - aka the "King of Waltz" - presents a new Christmas album, Silver Bells, full of classic holiday music, played by Rieu and his orchestra. Recorded live in his hometown Maastricht in the Netherlands, it also include a DVD that illustrates the unique atmosphere of his traditional Christmas concerts - full of pageantry, lush staging and plenty of live fans. BELOW: "In the Bleak Midwinter":

Mozart - 'The Prussian Quartets'
Chiaroscuro Quartet

Mozart’s 'Prussian Quartets' (Nos. 21-23) - were his last compositions for this formation. Written for Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Prussia and an amateur cellist, they offer the cello an unusually prominent role. The first of the three was composed fairly quickly, in June 1789, but the next two were not completed until the following year. The Chiaroscuro Quartet, comprised of violinists Alina Ibragimova and Pablo Hernán Benedí, violist Emilie Hörnlund and cellist Claire Thirion, offers a period interpretation, using gut strings and historical bows. BELOW: String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 - I. Allegretto

American Stories
Pacifica Quartet
Anthony McGill, Clarinet

New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist and 2020 Avery Fisher Prize-winner Anthony McGill teams up with the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet for this album featuring works by American composers. The works include Ben Shirley's "High Sierra Sonata"; James Lee, III's Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet; Richard Danielpour's "Four Angels"; and Valerie Coleman's "Shotgun Houses." "With these stories, we connect the idea of community and a community of diverse creators all around the world," McGill said. "We are telling a story not only within each individual work, but also the story of the composers themselves. The power of music is its ability to tell stories and to connect people with one another." BELOW: Trailer for "American Stories":

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