We kick off our monthly survey of the best recent classical recordings with two violin-focused works. Click play on our mix, and you'll start off with Debussy's Violin Sonata in G minor, which receives a fine interpretation at the hands of violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist Huw Watkins. And then it's off to the post-minimalist races, with John Adams' powerful Violin Concerto, in a bracing new recording by violinist Chad Hoopes and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Young recitalist-circuit piano star Stanislav Khristenko gives us a sensitive account of the Schumann Fantasie in C Major (and, later in our playlist, he hits up a rarity by 20th century composer Alexander Zemlinsky). Add it together with a baroque-meets-microtonal string quartet from Jonathan Dawe, a Honegger symphony, plus works by Louis Andriessen and Krzysztof Penderecki, and you've got all the latest performances of notated music that you need — whether the piece was written centuries ago, or in the last couple years. Keep track of the composers behind each work in our playlist with our tracklist below, and enjoy!
Tracks 1-3: Claude Debussy, Violin Sonata in G Major
Tracks 4-6: John Adams, Violin Concerto
Tracks 7-9: Robert Schumann, Fantasie in C Major
Track 10: Jonathan Dawe, "Super-Mozart Fractals"
Track 11: Robert Honstein, "Just please let me know that's all I ask"
Track 12: Rand Steiger, "Resonateur"
Tracks 13-15: Arthur Honegger, Symphony No. 2
Tracks 16-18: Dawe, Concerto for the First Sunday of the New Year
Tracks 19-22: Alexander Zemlinsky, Fantasies after poems by Richard Dehmel
Track 23: Honstein, "I am hidden my dear for you!!!!!!!!"
Track 24: Richard Strauss, "Notturno"
Track 25: Louis Andriessen, "The Garden of Earthly Delights"
Tracks 26-28: Dawe, String Quartet No. 3
Track 29: Krzysztof Penderecki, Concerto Grosso