For the Record, Op. 262: ARC Ensemble; 'Maestro' Music of Leonard Bernstein

November 17, 2023, 7:57 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!

ARC Ensemble
The ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory).

Chamber Works by Robert Müller-Hartmann
ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory)
Erika Raum, violin
Marie Bérard, violin
Steven Dann, viola
Tom Wiebe, cello
Kevin Ahfat, piano.

In the seventh of its "Music in Exile” series for Chandos Records, the ARC Ensemble presents the world premiere of the chamber works of German-Jewish composer Robert Müller-Hartmann (1884-1950), a gifted composer who fled from Hamburg to England with the rise of Nazism. "His music is unashamedly Romantic, with echoes of Schumann, Strauss and Franck," said Simon Wynberg, Artistic Director of the ARC Ensemble, "and he had that perfect combination of a wonderfully thorough training and no shortage of terrific musical ideas." Nominated for several Grammy, JUNO and OPUS Klassik Awards, the ARC Ensemble comprises senior faculty of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Canada, with special guests drawn from the organization’s most accomplished students and alumni. BELOW: Robert Müller-Hartmann: Sonata for Two Violins, op. 32: III. Scherzo

Maestro: Music by Leonard Bernstein (Original Soundtrack)
London Symphony Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting

Deutsche Grammophon presents the original soundtrack to the recently-released Netflix film "Maestro," directed by Hollywood superstar Bradley Cooper, who also plays the lead role of the legendary conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. Carey Mulligan plays the actress Felicia Montealegre Bernstein, who was Leonard Bernstein's wife for almost three decades until her death. The original soundtrack includes music by Bernstein such as excerpts from "Candide," "Fancy Free," and "West Side Story," as well as pieces he was famous for conducting, such as the "Adagietto" from Mahler's Symphony No. 5. It was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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November 18, 2023 at 06:57 PM · The Müller-Hartmann scherzo is lively stuff, and Erika Raum and Marie Bérard play it with plenty of spirit, suggesting that we need to hear more from this composer.

November 20, 2023 at 02:49 PM · For an 'unashamedly romantic' composer the scherzo is spritely and pleasingly spiky. As Richard above says, it would be good to hear more of Muller-Hartmann's music.

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