For the Record, Op. 249: Dorian Bandy; Trio Casals; Cuarteto Soltango

August 18, 2023, 2:05 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!

Dorian Bandy
Baroque Violinist Dorian Bandy. Photo by Bryce Vickmark.

Lovers and Mourners: Variations and Sonatas from 17th-Century Germany
Dorian Komanoff Bandy, Baroque violin
Hank Knox, harpsichord
Elinor Frey, viola da gamba

"Lovers and Mourners" focuses on three 17-century composer-performers: Johann Jakob Walther, Heinrich Biber, and Johann Georg Pisendel. "These composers created a body of work that is by turns quirky, beguiling, heartfelt, and brazenly virtuosic," said violinist Dorian Bandy, a musicologist and performer who teaches at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal. "It deserves far wider appreciation than it has so far received." The featured composers drew upon the "stylus phantasticus," a 17th-century Italian idiom whose features were marked by jagged shifts of affect and intended to display the player’s technical command and expressive abilities. BELOW: Sonata No. 3 in F Major, C. 140 by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber:

A Grand Journey, Vol. 2
Trio Casals
Alexandr Kislitsyn violin
Ovidiu Marinescu cello
Anna Kislitsyna piano

Trio Casals' new album features works for piano, violin, and cello from modern composers, including Bruce Babcock, Richard E. Brown, Elizabeth Vercoe, Andre’ E. Godsey, John Summers and Brian Field. These works offers a variety of sounds, from traditional classical forms to jazz-infused rhythms, mixed meters, and a deeply moving piece for solo cello. This release follows their 2021 album, A Grand Journey, Vol. 1, which featured works by Richard E Brown, Ovidiu Marinescu, and Mark G. Simon. BELOW: Bruce Babcock - Nevertheless - III. Presto

Cuarteto Soltango
Martin Klett, piano
Thomas Reif, violin
Karel Bredenhorst, cello
Andreas Rokseth, bandoneon
Leonel Capitano, singer

Arranger and pianist Martin Klett and singer Leonel Capitano have put together 16 tangos inspired by the Golden Age of Tango, in the styles of Aníbal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese, Horacio Salgán, and Osvaldo Tarantino. BELOW: Doble Castigo

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