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Capricho Latino / Rachel Barton Pine

Audio Samples

>Albéniz, Isaac : Asturias (Leyenda), instrumental arrangement after Suite espanola no 1, Op. 47/5
>Cordero, Roque : Rapsodia Panamena, for solo violin
>Traditional : Balada Espanola (Romance)
>Espejo, Cesar : Prelude Iberique, for solo violin
>Quiroga, Manuel : Emigrantes Celtas, for solo violin
>Quiroga, Manuel : Terra!! A Nosa!!, for solo violin
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonata for violin solo no 6, Op. 27/6
>Gonzalez, Luis Jorge : Epitalamio Tanguero, for solo violin
>White, Jose : Etude no 6 for solo violin
>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Capriccio for violin
>Serebrier, José : Aires de Tango, for solo violin
>Piazzolla, Astor : Work(s)
>     Tango Etude no 3 con Libertango
>Ridout, Alan : Ferdinand the Bull, for speaker & violin

Album Summary

>Albéniz, Isaac : Asturias (Leyenda), instrumental arrangement after Suite espanola no 1, Op. 47/5
>Cordero, Roque : Rapsodia Panamena, for solo violin
>Traditional : Balada Espanola (Romance)
>Espejo, Cesar : Prelude Iberique, for solo violin
>Quiroga, Manuel : Emigrantes Celtas, for solo violin
>Quiroga, Manuel : Terra!! A Nosa!!, for solo violin
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonata for violin solo no 6, Op. 27/6
>Gonzalez, Luis Jorge : Epitalamio Tanguero, for solo violin
>White, Jose : Etude no 6 for solo violin
>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Capriccio for violin
>Serebrier, José : Aires de Tango, for solo violin
>Piazzolla, Astor : Work(s)
>Ridout, Alan : Ferdinand the Bull, for speaker & violin
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records' all-time best-selling artist, has created another rare - perhaps unique - contribution to the world's CD catalog: an album of Spanish and Latin American music written solely for unaccompanied violin. Capricho Latino offers eight world-premiere recordings: in addition to premieres of works by Roque Cordero, César Espejo, and José White, the CD brings first-time recordings of pieces composed or arranged for Ms. Pine by José Serebrier, Luis Jorge Gonzáles, and Jesús Florido; and two of her own arrangements. The CD ends with a treat for listeners of all ages: Alan Ridout's Ferdinand the Bull, narrated with great affection by Obie and Emmy award winning actor Héctor Elizondo. + Rachel Barton Pine, violinist + The world-renowned American violinist has been a passionate advocate and convincing interpreter of solo violin music throughout her career. Ms. Pine's international fan base continues to expand with her appearances around the world as guest soloist with major orchestras, as a chamber musician, and as a recitalist. Last season she made her recital debuts in New York and Tokyo and offered the world premiere of the last movement of Samuel Barber's long-lost 1928 Violin Sonata at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.

"Any album of solo instrumental music subjects itself to a higher degree of vulnerability, for the artist must stand alone on his/her performance for the duration of the CD. Rachel Barton Pine succeeds brilliantly on these pieces for the solo violin (and narrator, as with "Ferdinand the Bull"), most of which have a Latin flavor. Barton's assured, solid technique, and strong musicianship carry her through the whole album. The "Prelude Iberique" is one such example, which is full of fire and passion, an absolute joy to hear. Her liquid, fluid, lyrical style (sometimes reminiscent of Perlman or Shaham) is evident in pieces such as "Emigrantes Celtas," where one can clearly hear her playing very much into the string with the right hand, and sustaining confident vibrato in the left hand... The Piazzolla is simply fabulous: she captures the percussive rhythms as well as the legato melody, and does it with such excellent style that one does not notice the high level of skill underlying this piece. The final work on the album, "Ferdinand the Bull", adds a note of whimsy to this hard-core classical gem; the dialogue between violinist and Hector Elizondo is done well, and perhaps makes this album more appealing to young listeners. Overall, this is an excellent album in terms of musicianship as well as repertoire chosen." -All Music Guide

All Music Guide - V. Vasan
Any album of solo instrumental music subjects itself to a higher degree of vulnerability, for the artist must stand alone on his/her performance for the duration of the CD. Rachel Barton Pine succeeds brilliantly on these pieces for the solo violin (and narrator, as with Ferdinand the Bull), most of which have a Latin flavor. Barton's assured, solid technique, and strong musicianship carry her through the whole album. The Prélude Ibérique is one such example, which is full of fire and passion, an absolute joy to hear. Her liquid, fluid, lyrical style (sometimes reminiscent of Perlman or Shaham) is evident in pieces such as Emigrantes Celtas, where one can clearly hear her playing very much into the string with the right hand, and sustaining confident vibrato in the left hand. In Terra!! the violin becomes almost two instruments, with each musical line conveying complex rhythms, but this does not seem to deter the violinist, who plays through it with great poise. Sonata No. 6 shows Barton's very assured, romantic side, which also features exciting accelerandi after a tango. Spanish guitar aficionados will certainly recognize Recuerdos and Asturias, though the arrangements of these pieces are perhaps a bit odd for the violin (certainly no fault of the artist). However, in the latter piece, Barton is slightly off tune here and there, and her confidence seems to develop through the piece after a slightly weak beginning. Similarly, in the Rapsodía Panameña, a long sustained note gets slightly off key, but one can overlook this small flaw as she is able to bring out the expression in this enjoyably dissonant piece.

One can hear her appropriately aggressive bow attacks through the high-quality recording, which is not overly bright, but clean enough to hear her precise string crossings. The Piazzolla is simply fabulous: she captures the percussive rhythms as well as the legato melody, and does it with such excellent style that one does not notice the high level of skill underlying this piece. The final work on the album, Ferdinand the Bull, adds a note of whimsy to this hardcore classical gem; the dialogue between violinist and Héctor Elizondo is done well, and perhaps makes this album more appealing to young listeners. Overall, this is an excellent album in terms of musicianship as well as repertoire chosen.

Violinist.com
What a lot of treasures Rachel Barton Pine has uncovered in this album of solo violin works, "Capricho Latino." One of my favorite pieces on this album is her rendition of Francisco Tárrega's "Recuerdos de la Alhambra," arranged by Ruggiero Ricci. Certainly, if you need a little inspiration, and perhaps another piece for your recital, listen to this album!

Chicago Tribune
The Chicago virtuoso's recital of Latin-flavored solo violin pieces is a gold mine of fiddle gems, superlatively played, including works written for Pine and pieces and arrangements that appear on disc for the first time.

MusicWeb International
The ever-wonderful Rachel Barton-Pine producing a disc of typically brilliant unusual programming played with her remarkable technical ease and musical insight. A performer of exceptional intelligence and ability.

MusicWeb International
With the exception of Alan Ridout's 1971 Ferdinand the Bull, Rachel Barton Pine's disc consists of solo violin fireworks predicated on Latino lines. Even when the composer is Ysaÿe, in one of his famous 1923 solo sonatas, the recipient of the dedication is the violinist Manuel Quiroga, and the work infused with the dedicatee's Iberian passion. For good measure we are helpfully treated to two of Quiroga's own pieces, and these are real rarities on disc.

MusicWeb International
I rather like the fact that a violin playing friend, colleague and arranger of track 3 - Jesús Florido is listed as the 'Style Director' - a kind of language coach for the violin. This illustrates Barton-Pine's collaborative nature. One final mention for the technical team who have ensured that the 1742 Guarneri del Gesu played throughout the programme sounds magnificent with a 24 bit recording that is full and warm. Cedille is a not-for-profit foundation who seek to promote the finest Chicago-based players and ensembles. Many congratulations to them for supporting artists of the stature of Rachel Barton-Pine and allowing to pursue their goals and letting us hear the results... I am not sure that this disc does not take itself to the very top of the list of her discs to seek out. Even by her own formidable standards the music and her performance of it is of staggering quality. By the pricking of my thumbs a disc-of-the-year this way comes.

Gramophone
This is Rachel Barton Pine's 12th CD recording for Çedille... weighty piece (the longest single item is José Serebrier's Aires de Tango, written specially for her, at a touch over eight minutes), it does contain a wealth of engaging music superbly delivered. There are familiar items, albeit in less-well-known guises, such as Albéniz's Asturias in a finger-blistering transcription by Pine herself (which almost convinces that this is how Albéniz may have first "heard" the music) or Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra in a fine arrangement by Ruggiero Ricci.

American Record Guide
This is an interesting packaging idea... I must say that it is a very well balanced program... the pieces are so well chosen.

Allmusic.com
Rachel Barton Pine succeeds brilliantly on these pieces for the solo violin... Barton's assured, solid technique, and strong musicianship carry her through the whole album. The Prélude Ibérique... is full of fire and passion, an absolute joy to hear. In Terra!!... the violinist... plays through it with great poise. Sonata No. 6 shows Barton's very assured, romantic side... One can hear her appropriately aggressive bow attacks through the high-quality recording, which is not overly bright, but clean enough to hear her precise string crossings. The Piazzolla is simply fabulous... The final work... Ferdinand the Bull, adds a note of whimsy to this hardcore classical gem... Overall, this is an excellent album in terms of musicianship as well as repertoire chosen.

ClassicsToday.com
The sound throughout brings us in natural presence and perspective to Pine and her Guarneri violin. You many not want to listen to an entire 79 minutes of high-powered solo violin music at one sitting - but you will want to hear all of it, sooner or later. Impressive and essential for lovers of the violin and virtuoso artistry at its finest.

Classical Candor
One of my favorite audio engineers, Bill Maylone, recorded Ms. Pine in the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, WFMT, Chicago, Illinois, between July 2009 and January 2011. The sound is excellent, the miking set up at an ideal distance to capture the instrument in precise detail, yet with a well-judged air around it, the warm ambience of the acoustic imparting a lovely glow to the violin. This is reach-out-and-touch-it sound that is sure to please any music lover or audiophile. Extensive booklet notes cap off a rewarding package from Cedille Records.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: DG Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA (01/06/2011); Fay And Daniel Levin Performance Studio, WFMT, Chicago, (01/06/2011); DG Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA (07/13/2009-07/15/2009); Fay And Daniel Levin Performance Studio, WFMT, Chicago, (07/13/2009-07/15/2009); DG Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA (07/17/2009-07/18/2009); Fay And Daniel Levin Performance Studio, WFMT, Chicago, (07/17/2009-07/18/2009); DG Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA (12/08/2010); Fay And Daniel Levin Performance Studio, WFMT, Chicago, (12/08/2010).



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Works Details

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Asturias (Leyenda), instrumental arrangement after Suite española no 1, Op. 47/5
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Cordero, Roque : Rapsodia Panameña, for solo violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional : Balada Española (Romance)
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.

>César Espéjo (1892 - 1988) : Prélude Ibérique, for solo violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Quiroga, Manuel : Emigrantes Celtas, for solo violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Quiroga, Manuel : Terra!! A Nosa!!, for solo violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1931) : Sonata for violin solo no 6, Op. 27/6
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Gonzalez, Luis Jorge : Epitalamio Tanguero, for solo violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>White, Jose : Etude no 6 for solo violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Capriccio for violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>José Serebrier (Conductor) (1938 - ) : Aires de Tango, for solo violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Work(s) :: Tango Etude no 3 con Libertango
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ridout, Alan : Ferdinand the Bull, for speaker & violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary