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American Virtuosa - Tribute to Maud Powell / R. Barton Pine

> Romance, Op. 23 - Violin Romance, Op. 23
> Molly on the Shore (version for piano) - Molly on the Shore
> Als die alte Mutter (Song My Mother Sang) (arr. M. Powell) - Als die alte Mutter (Song My Mother Sang)
> King Kristian II, Op. 27 (arr. Powell) - King Christian II Orchestral Suite: Musette
> Up the Ocklawaha, Op. 6 - Up the Ocklawaha, Tone Picture for Violin, Op. 6
> Minuet Waltz, Op. 64, No. 1 (arr. M. Powell) - Minuet Waltz, Op. 64, No. 1
> Aria - Aria
> May Night (arr. M. Powell) - May Night
> Deep River, Op. 59, No. 10 (arr. M. Powell) - Deep River, Op. 59, No. 10
> 8 Humoresques, Op. 101, B. 187: No. 7 in G flat major (arr. M. Powell) - Humoreske, Op. 101, No. 7
> Silver Threads Among the Gold (arr. M. Powell) - Silver Threads Among the Gold (Song)
> Caprice on Dixie for Unaccompanied Violin - Caprice on Dixie for Unaccompanied Violin
> Romance - Romance
> Marionettes (Scherzo) - Marionettes (Scherzo)
> 4 Rocky Mountain Sketche, Op. 11 - At Sunset
> 4 Rocky Mountain Sketche, Op. 11 - The Rapids
> 4 Rocky Mountain Sketche, Op. 11 - Up the Canyon
> 4 Rocky Mountain Sketche, Op. 11 - The Avalanche
> Poeme pastoral (arr. M. Powell) - Poemes Pastorale: Twilight (Crepuscule)
> Fantasia on Sousa Themes - Fantasia on Sousa Themes
> Nobody Knows the Trouble I See (American Negro Melody) (arr. M. Powell) - Nobody Knows the Trouble I See (American Negro Melody)

Album Summary

>Beach, Amy : Romance for violin & piano, Op. 23
>Grainger, Percy : Molly on the Shore
>Dvorak, Antonin : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
>Sibelius, Jean : King Christian II, Op. 27
>Bauer, Marion : Up the Ocklawaha, tone picture for violin, Op. 6
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
>Venth, Carl : Aria for violin & piano
>Palmgren, Selim : May Night, for piano, Op. 57/4
>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Deep River, for piano (Negro Melodies), Op. 59/10
>Dvorak, Antonin : Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187
>Danks, Hart Pease : Silver Threads Among the Gold, song for voice & piano
>Bellstedt, Herman : Caprice on Dixie for solo violin
>Huss, Henry Holden : Romance for violin & piano
>Gilbert, James L. (JL) : Marionettes, scherzo
>Burleigh, Cecil : Rocky Mountain Sketches (4), for violin & piano, Op. 11
>Massenet, Jules : Poeme pastoral, songs (6) for voice & piano
>Liebling, Max : Fantasia on Sousa Themes, for violin & piano
>Traditional Spiritual : Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Maud Powell (1867-1920) was the premier female American violinist of her era, and she made numerous classic recordings between 1904 and 1919 that are still sought after by collectors. This CD is a tribute from one eminent American violinist to another, honoring Maud Powell for the tremendous positive influence she had on later American artists. All of the selections are works recorded originally by Powell, now able to be heard in contemporary sound. Many of the selections are seldom or never recorded elsewhere, and all are extremely accessible.

A personal note by Rachel Barton Pine:

"I’m frequently asked to name my favorite violinist. It’s virtually impossible — each of us has strengths and weaknesses. I admire certain performances and certain aspects of many players, and I draw inspiration from many violinists past and present. However, the violinist I most admire is definitely Maud Powell.

Despite being an avid researcher of violin music and history, I had never heard of Maud Powell until Karen Shaffer sent me a copy of Maud’s biography in 1995. I was fascinated to read about her remarkable and inspirational life. Reading on planes and in hotel rooms, I learned how she became the greatest American violinist in the late 1800s and early 1900s while also breaking so many social stereotypes: choosing to dedicate her life to her career; leading a string quartet of men; championing music by contemporary composers, American composers, women composers, and Black composers; and introducing classical music to numerous new listeners. She is often in the back of my mind today as I perform works by contemporary, women, and Black composers; as I perform rock and classical music in non-traditional venues; and as I give benefit concerts, support young string players, and strive for improvement and greater understanding in all of my interpretations.

Why is Maud Powell not better known today? I believe there are several contributing factors. Unlike Leopold Auer, she didn’t leave a pedagogical legacy. While Maud was committed to music education and encouraged every young violinist who came to her for advice, her touring schedule was too intense to maintain a teaching studio. Unlike Heifetz, she didn’t live into the electric recording era. And, unlike Wieniawski or Kreisler, she never wrote any original compositions.

After finishing her biography, I began learning some of her repertoire — works that she premiered, arranged, or recorded, and works written for her. Many of these gems have become staples of my recital programs. At the end of my recent performance in Washington, DC, Leonard Slatkin commented, "This music is wonderful! Maud Powell really was the female Fritz Kreisler." Had I thought more quickly, I should have responded, "Actually, Kreisler was the male Maud Powell." After all, Maud came first and was admired by Kreisler and all of his generation.

This album represents a slice of late Nineteenth–early Twentieth Century repertoire rarely heard these days. Miniature jewels like Humoreske, May Night, or Minute Waltz have an individual character that must be defined and demand a significant investment of the performer’s personality. Slower melodic works, such as those by Venth, Huss, and Johnson, call for indulgence in expressive shifts and creative rubato. The tone-painting of Burleigh and Bauer still sounds fresh a century later, and the Sousa Airs and Caprice on Dixie are brilliant American alternatives to the usual Carmen Fantasies and Paganini Caprices.

I hope this recording will open your ears to some masterful compositions, beautiful arrangements, and the art of one of the greatest violinists ever. I also hope that through this CD, the forthcoming printed collection of Maud’s music, the second edition of her biography, the reissues of her own recordings, and information posted on www.maudpowell.org, Maud Powell will finally receive the recognition she deserves as an artist and role model."

Acclaimed violinist and former child prodigy Rachel Barton Pine pays tribute to Maud Powell, the premier female violinist of the late 19th/early 20th century in this extraordinary collection of pieces originally recorded by Powell between 1904 and 1919. Many of the selections are works seldom or never recorded elsewhere, and all are extremely accessible.



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Works Details

>Beach, Amy : Romance for violin & piano, Op. 23
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : Molly on the Shore
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Sibelius, Jean : King Christian II, Op. 27 :: Musette
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Bauer, Marion : Up the Ocklawaha, tone picture for violin, Op. 6
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano no 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1847

>Venth, Carl : Aria for violin & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Palmgren, Selim : May Night, for piano, Op. 57/4
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel : Deep River, for piano (Negro Melodies), Op. 59/10
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Danks, Hart Pease : Silver Threads Among the Gold, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1873

>Bellstedt, Herman : Caprice on Dixie for solo violin
  • Performer: Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Huss, Henry Holden : Romance for violin & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Gilbert, James L. (JL) : Marionettes, scherzo
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.

>Burleigh, Cecil : Rocky Mountain Sketches (4), for violin & piano, Op. 11
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Massenet, Jules : Poème pastoral, songs (6) for voice & piano :: Twilight (Crépuscule)
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1873

>Liebling, Max : Fantasia on Sousa Themes, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Traditional Spiritual : Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  • Performers: Matthew Hagle (Piano); Rachel Barton Pine (Violin)
  • Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, IL (10/03/2006-10/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Written: by 1865