For the Record, Op. 222: Anne Battegay; Alexander Kerr; Muir String Quartet

January 19, 2023, 7:37 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!

Anne Battegay
Violinist Anne Battegay

The Essential Hebrew Violin
Anne Battegay, violin
Francois Robin, cello
Alessandro Tardino, piano
Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim

"With my new project 'Hebrew melodies – a personal journey' I perform mostly unknown repertoire of Jewish composers and tell my own personal story." These works reflect violinist Anne Battegay’s own cultural background. Many of the pieces had only existed in versions for chamber music, and Battegay initiated their arrangement for orchestra. BELOW: Trailer for The Essential Hebrew Violin:

Horn Trios: Berkeley, Brahms, Leshnoff
Alexander Kerr, violin
David Cooper, horn
Orion Weiss, piano

The viability of the horn trio was definitively established by Brahms in 1865. He had learned the natural horn as a child and infused his Trio with a range of moods, including a deeply felt slow movement in honor of his mother who had died earlier in the year and a carefree finale which explores the horn's hunting legacy. Inspired by this precedent, Lennox Berkeley's Trio is lively and full of character, with a sequence of ingenious and playful variations. GRAMMY-nominated Jonathan Leshnoff is one of America's leading contemporary composers and his 2016 Trio moves from darkness to light, and is full of pointed syncopations, before arriving at a joyous conclusion. BELOW: Horn Trio: I. Pensive, by Jonathan Leshnoff:

Celebration Music: Klezmer Music for String Quartet & Clarinet
Muir String Quartet
Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet

With arrangements for clarinet and string quartet by Ljova, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein and the Muir String Quartet perform music that was historically performed by klezmer bands for major Jewish life events and celebrations in Eastern Europe and New York City. The style remains alive and well in this modern setting, arranged for the concert stage where audiences can enjoy its timeless, uplifting qualities. BELOW: "Zaydn's Tants":

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