Rachel Barton Pine, Baroque violin – Solo Baroque

by | May 26, 2005 | Classical CD Reviews | 0 comments

This is not your silver-tongued Stradivarius sound. Rachel Barton
Pine performs her solo baroque program on a 1770 muscular
Gagliano  violin with its attendant sometimes strident overtones
and formidable dynamic range.The baroque intensity of Bach and his
colleages is often such that I expect to see great puffs of resin
coming from my speaker cabinets. No, these are definitely not 
pretty miniature baroque violin performances. They are most vital,
often snarling with an energy not often thought of as baroque.

The program consists of the Bach Sonata #1 in G-Minor BWV 1001 and the
Partita #2 with the inimitable Chaconne performed with great energy by
Ms.Barton Pine; an 8 minute fabulously inventive Passacaglia by Biber,
which dovetails nicely with the Chaconne, and a Suite and Sonata by
Westhoff and Pisendel respectively. All are performed with great
panache and committment by Rachal Barton Pine, winner of the 1992
J.S.Bach  International Violin Competition, Leipzig Germany.

Growing up in Chicago, Rachel Barton Pine recorded this solo baroque
violin program in the studios of WFMT in Chicago, Jan -Feb. 2004.
The  violin sound is immediate and tangible – such that the
fingerings  particularly the double stops, communicate the
spontaniety and vitality inherent within these baroque masterpieces.
Here is exciting music most ably performed and recorded. Highly

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