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Classical new releases: Old friends play Beethoven, Sphinx star releases first solo album

Violinist Randall Goosby
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Violinist Randall Goosby

In 2010, violinist Randall Goosby won First Prize at the annual Sphinx Concerto Competition. He was just 13 years old.

Now 24, Goosby has just released his first solo album, "Roots" on the Decca label.

It features music by several African American composers, including Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price and William Grant Still, plus Goosby's fellow Sphinx alum Xavier Foley.

Xavier Foley, Shelter Island
Violinist Randall Goosby and double bassist Xavier Foley play Foley's "Shelter Island," a track on Goosby's 2021 album "Roots"

Goosby represents the future of classical music, although the elder statesmen are still going strong.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax have just released their latest collaboration, "Hope amid Tears." It features Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano.

Over the past 40 years, Ma and Ax have recorded dozens of albums together. They previously recorded Beethoven's complete cello and piano works in 1987, which earned them a Grammy award.

L. van Beethoven, 12 variations on a theme of Mozart
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax perform Beethoven's variations on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen." From their latest album "Hope amid Tears"

Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma
Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma