New Records This Week: Two Girls with Strings and a Japanese Rockstar

This week’s new releases feature a slew of both traditional and the obscure.

For those seeking serenity this week, check out the latest recording from celebrated contemporary performance ensemble Accentus, performing the heavenly composed works for children by Czech composer Leos Janacek. Another fine selection this week comes from pianist Kirsten Johnson performing the piano works of Arthur Foote, a highly worthwhile American composer whose music has been sadly neglected for too long.

The oddball record this month comes from Japanese rockstar Yoshiki, one of the country’s most applauded music heroes, releasing a highly anticipated new classical side project, entitled Yoshiki Classical. Featuring brand new self-written compositions, Yoshiki Classical is surprisingly quite enjoyable and a guilty pleasure at the very least. Take away the glitzy glamour-esque vibe of Yoshiki, and you’re left with a record of remarkable form and substance.

The Pick of the Week (from Sono Luminus Records) is the debut of cellist Meta Weiss and violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan, better known as duoW. Their debut album Entendre features a mix of repertoire ranging from Kodaly to Ravel, and even Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes” that’s absolutely mesmerizing. Look for a full review of Entendre this week.

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