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Matt Haimovitz, Mari Kodoma - Mon Ami, Mon amour makes 'Violinist.com: For the Record'

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Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com'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! This week's New releases features; cellist Matt Haimovitz - pianist Mari Kodoma "Mon Ami, Mon amour."

An experience with the Poulenc Sonata set in motion the idea for "Mon Ami, Mon amour": In 2016, while working with a student on this sonata, Haimovitz reached for the score and lost his balance. His priceless 1710 Goffriller cello crashed to the ground, dramatically breaking in two. After the attentions of an expert luthier, the cello emerged 15 months later to new life. The cello and Haimovitz are reunited on this recording. "It feels like a dream ... making music without a care in the world – certainly with no worry of viruses and social distancing," Haimovitz said. "We played the music of French masters to our heart's content ... the memories of friendship, and once again being transported to this pictorial sound world, takes me out of the oppression of this moment." The album also includes works by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Milhaud and Lil and Nadia Boulanger. BELOW: Haimovitz performs Fauré's "Après un reve" with pianist Mari Kodama.