Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com'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!
"What could be more miraculous or visionary than a complete cycle of works by Beethoven?" said Mark Kaplan, violinist of the Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio. "His music feels so close to us, reflecting our daily realities and experiences of the present," said pianist Yael Weiss. Highlights of the set include the well-known "Ghost" and "Archduke" trios, as well as two sets of variations for piano trio: the "Kakadu Variations" Op. 121a, and Fourteen Variations in E-flat major Op. 44. BELOW: Trailer for the album.
"After releasing my album Portrait: Philip Glass in 2008, I wanted to take a deeper dive into the vast oeuvre of this composer, an icon of our era and one whose work has and will long continue to have impact," said violinist Angèle Dubeau of this new release. "For many years now his fascinating and captivating music has been nourishing me intellectually and musically. Glass being one of the most prolific of composers, there was no shortage of works to include on this my 48th album. … Like Glass’ work as a whole, the content of this album is very diverse: music for theatre and for cinema, for chamber and for symphony orchestra, and recent works as well as some written almost 50 years ago!" BELOW: Opening from the new album:
Witold Lutoslawski: Partita for Violin and Orchestra
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Nicholas Collon, conducting
Ondine’s series of orchestral works by Witold Lutoslawski (1913–1994) featuring the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Grammy® Award, a BBC Music Magazine Award, and several recordings of the month and best recordings of the year. This latest installment in the series includes the composer’s early folk-inflected Concerto for Orchestra – among his most performed compositions and the work marking the culmination of the composer’s early period – and the late Partita for Violin and Orchestra, a virtuosic five-movement work tantamount to a violin concerto, performed here by soloist Christian Tetzlaff. The album also includes a rarity: 1979’s fragmentary Novelette, which heralds the ideas of the Third Symphony. BELOW: Partita: V. Presto
Throughout years of friendship, pianist Anna Fedorova and violist Dana Zemstov discovered many similarities in their upbringing. Both Dana and Anna’s parents met in Moscow’s conservatory. Dana’s parents - Julia Dinerstein and Mikhail Zemtsov - are both renowned violists. Anna’s parents - Tatiana Abayeva and Borys Fedorov - are incredible pianists and famous piano professors. With the album "Fathers & Daughters," they embark on a journey through generations of the two families, including music by Evgeny Zemtsov, Frédéric Chopin, Nikolai Roslavets, Alexander Glazunov, Alexander Scriabin, Michael Kugel and Mikhail Zemtsov. Borys Fedorov wrote his piece especially for this album. BELOW: Elegy, Op. 44 by Alexander Glazunov, played by Dana Zemtsov and Anna Fedorova.
Lou McMahon, composer, vocals, piano
Siuin Milne, violin
Niamh Crowley, violin
Ed Creedon, viola
Aoife Burke, cello
Lotta Marie, violin
Joe England, drums
Bernard O' Neil, double bass
Composer Lou McMahon takes listeners on an extraordinary journey with "Butterfly Wars," a concept album that blends classical melodies, video game concepts, and gothic storytelling. In "Butterfly Wars," listeners will embark on an epic adventure alongside the enigmatic character X- Lú, as she navigates gothic realms, battles terrifying species, and grapples with profound questions about her identity. Each track is structured like video game music, incorporating elements such as game over screen stems, mood alterations, and character motifs that are designed to loop and trigger within a video game, making the album a quirky sonic experience. BELOW: Butter_Flies Main Theme:
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