Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MontrealGazette.com: 'Barton Pine performed...William Grant Still's Suite for Violin and Piano.'

[Africa: Piano Music of William Grant Still; Denver Oldham, piano; Koch 3 7084 2H1 (1991)]

William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, where a complete Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma is found. The Gazette of Montreal reviews a local concert by Rachel Barton Pine on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011:

By WAH KEUNG CHAN, Freelance March 1, 2011
Known for her versatility in various genres, especially venturing into rock, the real Barton Pine came to the fore with Ravel's Violin Sonata in G major, which had jazz influences. From the beginning, we could hear the drive and intensity along with fine high soft tones. The second movement - marked Blues - compelled Barton Pine to strum, glide and pluck her instrument, all to good effect. The sonata's finale, Perpetuum mobile, sounded like a serialist pattern, taking on a faster tempo leading to a rousing end.

"For her encore, Barton Pine performed once again with a jazz influence in the energetic first movement of William Grant Still's Suite for Violin and Piano."

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