Violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine

By Allison Ravenscroft and Jane Covner

 

 

 

There is really no one like Rachel Barton Pine. A virtuosic violinist, philanthropist, educator and music detective, Pine has earned critical acclaim for her many recordings and orchestra performances around the world.She performs with the Abilene Philharmonic on Saturday, January 28th at 8:00 pm at the Abilene Civic Center . Maestro David Itkin will conduct. We would be delighted to mail you copies of her recent albums, including her performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto, and a press kit of information about her, and we have great photos. We hope you, or someone from your team, will consider an interview with her in advance of her concert. {{more}}The program includes: Marquez: Danzon No. 2, Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $18, $24, $28 and $33 and are available at abilenephilharmonic.org or by calling 325-677- 6710.It has been an exciting time for Pine. Pine’s performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto recorded with the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Jose Serebrier was featured on Warner Classics’ recording of Glazunov Complete Concertos this past April. In June, 2011, Cedille Records released Capricho Latino, an album of virtuoso unaccompanied Latin-flavored music strictly for solo violin, with 14 works from the late-Romantic era to the present day, including eight compositions and arrangements recorded for the very first time: Isaac Albéniz, arr. Rachel Barton Pine: Asturias ; Roque Cordero: Rapsodia Panameña, Traditional, arr. Jesús Florido: Balada Española , César Espejo: Prélude Ibérique , Luis Jorge González: Epitalamio Tanguero , José White: Etude No. 6 , José Serebrier: Aires de Tango and Astor Piazzolla, arr. Rachel Barton Pine: Tango Etude No. 3 con Libertango. The album also includes Alan Ridout’s Ferdinand the Bull with Héctor Elizondo , narrator and Pine on violin. In November, 2011, Cedille Records released Pine’s period instrument group Trio Settecento’s album, A French Soirée. It will be the third album in a planned series of four CDs illustrating the character and complexion of the Baroque era’s music as it developed in various regions of Europe. Trio Settecento’s previous album, A German Bouquet, presents a program that includes Bach and Buxtehude, as well as rarely heard repertoire by Johann Schop, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Georg Muffat, Johann Philipp Krieger, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and Johann Georg Pisendel. Pine’s performance of Xavier Montsalvatge’s Poema Concertante for violin and orchestra recorded with the NDR-Symphony-Orchestra Hamburg conducted by Maestro Celso Antunes was also be released this year by Hänssler Classics as part of an album of Montsalvatge symphonic works. She will also be featured on an upcoming album of works by renowned Ghanian composer J.H. Kwabena Nketia, performing his violin and piano repertoire with pianist George Francois.In September, 2009, Pine became the first living composer and only woman to be part of the Carl Fischer’s “Masters Collection” series which published The Rachel Barton Pine Collection . Others in this series are Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Joseph Szigetti and Carl Flesch. Also that year, “Maud Powell Favorites” was published. Rachel served as the editor of this four volume book set of 43 rare violin masterworks: Maud Powell’s violin transcriptions and music dedicated to her. Powell was a legendary American female violinist who pioneered the violin recital. Pine recently collaborated with Carl Fischer for its new fall, 2011 edition of Franz Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies for the Violin, Book 1. The edition contains an accompanying DVD featuring Pine playing all 60 etudes. A child prodigy, Pine made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, and by age of 14 was significantly contributing to her household’s income. Practicing her violin for eight hours a day, Pine listened to rock and metal to unwind. Now in her early 30’s, Pine’s ability to see the connecting threads in these very disparate musical forms makes her the perfect bridge between generations of music fans. She’s been credited for being an artistic ambassador and often stops by rock radio stations to perform chamber music versions of rock and metal songs followed by a classical piece to illustrate how classical can match rock’s intensity and compositional complexity. Similarly, she often brings a new twist to her coaching sessions with chamber music and youth orchestras, by incorporating orchestral versions of rock pieces into her sessions. Pine has an acclaimed discography and a passion for discovering and recording lesser known gems as well as the classical warhorses. She intensely researched the musical relationship between Johannes Brahms and violinist Joseph Joachim for Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos recorded in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Carlos Kalmar which showcases performances of both Joachim’s and Pine’s own cadenzas for the Brahms Concerto. Her Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos CD released in 2008 recorded with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by Jose Serebrier offered the world premiere recording of Clement’s D Major Violin Concerto, plucked from two centuries of obscurity, which brought new insight to the Beethoven Concerto. The cadenzas for the recording, written by Pine, reflect her love of researching violin music and history. Pine’s American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell album, showcased the beautiful Victorian-era repertoire of America’s first internationally acclaimed violinist. One of Pine’s most celebrated projects is the groundbreaking Violin Concertos by Black Composers from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Pine hasn’t forgotten what it was like to grow up in a financiallystruggling household. Her Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation includes an instrument loan program, as well as financial grants to help young artists with expenses like accompanists’ fees, sheet music, stage clothes, travel expenses to competitions, and the costs of recording that she remembers struggling to pay for. Pine is also developing a curriculum for all skill levels featuring string music written by black composers dating back to the 1700’s. Through Global Heartstrings, she provides basic classicalinstrument supplies to musicians in developing countries such as Haiti and Nigeria. Rachel has been featured on Performance Today, The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, From The Top, in publications around the world and performed at the 1996 Democratic Convention. To see or hear more of her accomplishments please visit www.rachelbartonpine.com.