For the Record, Op. 202: PUBLIQuartet; cellist Johannes Moser; Sarah Plum; Carolin Widmann

June 16, 2022, 1:17 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!

PUBLIQuartet (L-R): violinist Jannina Norpoth, violist Nick Revel, violinist Curtis Stewart, and cellist Hamilton Berry.

What Is American

The New York City-based PUBLIQuartet's latest album explores the resonance between contemporary, blues, jazz, free and rock-inflected music - all of which trace their roots back to the Black and Indigenous music that inspired Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet. The album features the world premiere recording of Roscoe Mitchell's CARDS 11-11-2020 as well as music by Vijay Iyer and Rhiannon Giddens; and reimaginings of works by Antonín Dvorák, Ornette Coleman, Tina Turner, Betty Davis, Alice Coltrane, Ida Cox, and Fats Waller. BELOW: What is American?" 4th movement, based on Dvorak's "American Quartet":

Alone Together
Johannes Moser, cello

Cellist Johannes Moser conceived this album to fully immerse listeners in a multi-dimensional, spatial sound world that takes full advantage of the audio possibilities of Dolby Atmos's revolutionary technology. Featuring six new commissions for electric cello, alongside multi-layered octophonic cello ensemble arrangements of string classics, the album creates the impression of sound moving around the listener in three dimensions. "The spatial aspect of the music was just as much a part of the programming as the artistic and musical vision of this repertoire, which represents a strong aspect of who I am and what the pandemic has also forced me to be - a need to be a multifaceted musician creating musical environments just using my cello," Moser said. BELOW: Grieg's Holberg Suite, Op. 40: I. Präludium:

Personal Noise
Sarah Plum, violin

Violinist Sarah Plum spends much of her time championing new music, commissioning composers and bringing contemporary music to a wider audience, and here is one result, an album of works for violin and electronics written for her by Kyong Mee Choi, Eric Lyon, Jeff Herriot, Charles Nichols, Mari Takano, Eric Moe and Mari Kimura. A faculty member at the Music Institute of Chicago and its elite Academy program, Plum also teaches at the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival and University of Oklahoma Summer String Academy. BELOW: Premiere of Il Prete Rosso, for amplified violin, motion sensor, and computer, performed by violinist Sarah Plum and composer and computer musician Charles Nichols, at the Third Practice Festival, in Richmond, VA.:

Carolin Widmann, violin

German violinist Carolin Widmann’s imaginative solo recital spans a thousand years of music history, from Hildegard vom Bingen’s "Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita" to "Three Miniatures" by George Benjamin. The album also includes Eugène Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 5 and George Enescu's "Fantaisie concertante," pieces that brought new expressive possibilities to violin literature. Bach’s Partita No 2 in D minor concludes the recording. BELOW: From the album, Widmann performs Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 5 in G Major, Op. 27 - II. Danse rustique:

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