FoM Recordings

In 2009, we launched our own in-house “Friends of Music” (FoM) recording label, in order to provide music lovers all over the world the opportunity to experience recordings that grow out of the Museum concerts of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society’s resident ensembles, and the repertoire explorations of various ensemble members (which range from the mainstream to the arcane).

In the coming years, new recordings will be released on an ongoing basis through the course of each season. Each release will be launched at an SCMS Museum concert. FoM also plans to revive some of the currently unavailable SCMS CDs previously issued by the Smithsonian Collection of Recordings.

In accordance with the Smithsonian’s mandate to provide for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” copies of each new recording are sent to hundreds of music libraries and classical radio stations across the country.

Click on the images below to find out more about currently available FoM releases:

Arcangelo Corelli: Trio Sonatas, Op. 3

The Smithsonian Chamber Players (Jaap Schroeder & Marilyn McDonald, violins; Kenneth Slowik, violone; Konrad Junghänel, theorbo; James Weaver, organo di legno)

Johann Jacob Froberger, Libro quarto di toccata, ricercari, capricci allemande, gigue, courante, sarabande... (Vienna, 1656)

Webb Wiggins, harpsichord and organ

Joseph Haydn: Baryton Divertimenti, Volume 1

The Esterházy Machine (Kenneth Slowik, baryton; Steven Dann, viola; Myron Lutzke, violoncello)

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49; Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66

The Smithsonian Chamber Players (Vera Beths, violin; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello; Pedja Muzijevic, fortepiano)


Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli: The Violin Sonatas of 1660

The Smithsonian Chamber Players: (Mark Fewer, violin; Myron Lutzke, violoncello; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord)

Franz Schubert: Winterreise

John Elwes, tenor; Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano

Franz Schubert: Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Op. Post. 137

Vera Beths, violin; Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano

Robert Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 39 & Dichterliebe, Op. 48

William Sharp, baritone
Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano

Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44; Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47

The Smithsonian Chamber Players (Lambert Orkis, fortepiano; Ian Swensen & Marilyn McDonald, violins (op. 44); Lisa-Beth Lambert, violin (op. 47); Steven Dann, viola; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello) on Stradivarius instruments from the Smithsonian Collection

Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17; Robert Schumann: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 63

The Castle Trio (Lambert Orkis, fortepiano; Marilyn McDonald, violin; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello)

Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies

The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra
Kenneth Slowik, conductor


Webb Wiggins, harpsichord