Welcome to “For the Record,” Violinist.com’s weekly roundup of new recording releases by violinists, violists, cellists, and other classical musicians. We hope this helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as finding new ones to add to your tune!
Violinist Hilary Hahn.
Hilary Hahn, violin
Michel Abels, composer
Hilary Hahn presents world premiere of Michael Abels recording Isolation variant. “It’s a very special piece for me,” Abel said. “It seemed like the music was already there in the ether, and I was just transcribing it. I don’t know where this music came from, but it was clearly meant to be here for Hilary Hahn to play.” The piece was commissioned in 2020 as part of Hahn’s virtual residency with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. “We commissioned a new solo encore, something I could keep playing when the in-person gigs come back,” Hahn said. Hahn is currently artist-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Symphony. BELOW: Abels Isolation variant.:
Anna Williams, violin
Mikhail Veselov, cello
Eri Nakamura, piano
This album includes Rachmaninoff’s Trio Élégiaque No. 1; Brahms Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8; and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 67. Rachmaninov’s first piano trio was inspired by Tchaikovsky’s trio in A minor. Brahms’ first trio was inspired by the composer’s (unrequited) feelings for Clara Schumann. Ravel’s only piano trio was composed in 1914, as France was embroiled in the horrors of the First World War. BELOW: Album trailer.
Solus and una
Amit Peled, cello
This album contains Suites No. 4 and 5 by JS Bach and a new arrangement of the Andante from Symphony No. 3 by Brahms for cello choir. A sequel to his 2018 album Bach Vol. 1, Solus et una features JS Bach’s Suites No. 4 and 5 for solo cello, as well as a brand new arrangement for cello choir of the Andante from Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, performed by the Mount Vernon cellos Virtuoso. “Solus et una (meaning ‘alone and together’ in Latin) is a reflection on my musical journey during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Peled said. “As my mentor Boris Pergamenschikow wrote, ‘Bach’s Cello Suites are soul-cleansing music, especially if you play it just for yourself, preferably without an audience.’ Like many of us cellists, I found myself spending a lot of time with the Bach Suites in my home studio during the long months of confinement. , Amit Peled and MVV CelloGang
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