For the Record, Op. 259: Hilary Hahn; Jasper String Quartet; Ryota Higashi

October 28, 2023, 6:34 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!

Hilary Hahn James Newton Howard
Violinist Hilary Hahn and film composer James Newton Howard.

Night After Night - Music from the Movies of M. Night Shyamalan
James Newton Howard, composer
Hilary Hahn, violin
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Maya Beiser, cello

For this album, James Newton Howard created eight suites that are piano-centric and include new and original material from eight films by M. Night Shyamalan: The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008), The Last Airbender (2010) and After Earth (2013). BELOW: Trailer for the album, cued up to the part featuring violinist Hilary Hahn:

Insects and Machines
Vivian Fung, composer
Jasper String Quartet
J Freivogel, violin
Karen Kim, violin
Andrew Gonzalez, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello

This album album features JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung’s String Quartets Nos. 1-4, composed over a span of 18 years from 2001 to 2019. Truly a collaborative effort, the portrait album was recorded by the Jasper String Quartet with the composer in the studio, in October 2022. The album title is borrowed from the subtitle of Fung’s fourth quartet. BELOW: Vivian Fung's Quartet No. 1, I. Animato:

Piacere - Violin Pieces
Ryota Higashi, violin
Ryoma Takagi, piano

Japanese violinist Ryota Higashi, first-place winner in the the 88th Music Competition of Japan and the youngest core member of the Japan National Orchestra, presents this album of showpieces. "The title "Piacere" means joy or nice to meet you in Italian, and is a familiar musical term. I recorded this with joy and gratitude" BELOW: Kreisler: Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3:

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