Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Chicago Tribune: Rachel Barton Pine: “Blues Dialogues” "a revelatory recording"

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine discusses her latest album on Cedille, "Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers."


The Chicago Tribune

December 5, 2018

By Howard Reich

For the top classical recordings of the year, I conversed with John von Rhein, who retired as the newspaper’s classical music critic in July.


Rachel Barton Pine: “Blues Dialogues” (Cedille). The definition of classical music keeps expanding, thanks to new generations of musicians uninterested in the strictures of old. Chicago violinist Pine underscores the point with “Blues Dialogues,” a revelatory recording bringing welcome exposure to music of black composers. Most of this repertoire may be unfamiliar to many listeners, with works by David Baker, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still and others rarely performed by a soloist of Pine’s gifts and stature. In her hands, this music takes on new luminosity, her sensitive readings accompanied by pianist Matthew Hagle.

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