Saturday, April 6, 2019 Blues Dialogues: Rachel Barton Pine, Matthew Hagle

Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers
Rachel Barton Pine, Violin
Matthew Hagle, Piano
Cedille Records CDR 90000 182

5 April 2019


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Description: Pine’s ‘black and blues’ programme is both fascinating and enchanting  
Musicians: Rachel Barton Pine (violin), Matthew Hagle (piano)  
Works: BAKER Blues, PERKINSON Blue/s Forms, STILL Suite; Louisiana Blues Strut, DA COSTA A Set of Dance Tunes, C.C. WHITE Levee Dance, ELLINGTON In a Sentimental Mood (arr. Logan), D. WHITE Blues Dialogues, WALLEN Woogie Boogie, CHILDS Incident on Larpenteur Avenue, ROUMAIN Filter, BROWN A Song without Words
Catalogue Number: CEDILLE CDR 90000 182

Concentrating on pieces influenced by the blues, this CD is part of a long-running project to research music written by black composers. The oldest of them, Clarence Cameron White’s Levee Dance (1927), will be known to fans of Jascha Heifetz, who recorded it in the 1940s, while the most recent, Billy Childs’s Incident on Larpenteur Avenue, was commissioned by Rachel Barton Pine for the recording. The longest single movement on the disc at almost eight minutes, this haunting composition kept reminding me of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho soundtrack with its ostinato figures and terrifying shrieks high on the E string.

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