Review By Gonzalo Pérez Chamorro,Ritmo,May 2012
Vocal recital: Larmore, Jennifer - BARBER, S. / BERLIOZ, H. / RAVEL, M. / BRITTEN, B. (Royal Mezzo) CDR90000-104
Violin Recital: Pine, Rachel Barton - ALBENIZ, R.B. / CORDERO, R. / ESPEJO, C. / QUIROGA, M. / YSAYE, E. / GONZALEZ, L.J. (Capricho Latino) CDR90000-124
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 / PROKOFIEV, S.: String Quartet No. 2 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 2) (Pacifica Quartet) CDR90000-130
Review By Steven Ritter,Audiophile Audition,January 2012
all are executed with the fiery brilliance and absolute commitment that we now associate with Pine—is there another violinist alive that so wholeheartedly believes in the music she plays?—and the time passes all too quickly. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review
Review By Laurie Niles,Violinist.com,December 2011
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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! © 2011 Violinist.com See complete list
Review By John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune,December 2011
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. © 2011 Chicago Tribune
Review By Nick Barnard,MusicWeb International,December 2011
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
Review By Joseph Magil,American Record Guide,November 2011
This is an interesting packaging idea…I must say that it is a very well balanced program…the pieces are so well chosen.
Ms Pine draws a wonderfully rich tone from the ex-Soldat Guarnerius del Gesu of 1742.
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Review By Jonathan Woolf ,MusicWeb International,October 2011
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.
Review By Nick Barnard ,MusicWeb International,October 2011
Certain performers you just trust. It goes beyond being a fan or even liking how they perform. This is a case of knowing if it’s good enough for X or Y it’s good enough for me. Rachel Barton Pine is my trusted performer par excellence. Her technique is a given, her musicianship amongst the very best, but what I really like and admire about Barton-Pine is the questing curiosity of her programming. And it really is her programming—no contractual obligation discs here or compilations planned by others, she pursues her own passions and interests and in doing so produces discs of exemplary quality. In this pursuit of excellence she is helped in no small way by her main record company—Cedille. This seems to be an ideally symbiotic
With a preamble like that I am delighted to be able to report that this new disc is every bit as good as, if not better than, those that have come before. Better possibly because Barton-Pine tackles the potentially thorny, aurally fatiguing repertoire of the solo violin. As is so often the case there is a vast gulf between the actual quantity of music written for solo violin and that which actually gets recorded. Go beyond Bach, Paganini and Ysaye—with some Bartók and/or Prokofiev thrown in—and most collectors will be scratching around for many other works in their collections. Yet this represents the tiniest tip of an imposing iceberg. In her characteristically personal yet informative note Barton-Pine points the reader towards Harry Edlund’s Music for Solo Violin Unaccompanied. This lists some 2,500 pieces of which Edlund had a library of over 1000. Barton-Pine has inherited this library and it is impossible to imagine this remarkable resource in safer or better hands. The idea for this disc sprang from her investigation of this library and the realisation that there was the potential for an album with a Spanish/Latin-American theme. If this album contains some 14 tracks, and there are 1000 pieces in the library—I reckon we must be good for another fifty or so discs worth!
Barton-Pine’s programming genius—and I do mean genius—is her ability to combine the relatively familiar with the less known and the never-knew-existed. Perhaps its just me but this kind of disc has me gurgling with delight. Of the 14 items no less than 8 are world premiere recordings and even the best known piece—Ysaye’s Sonata No.6 (a Manuel Quiroga) takes on a whole new character when placed in context with original Quiroga compositions. Quite bravely—or so it seemed before listening—the disc opens with Barton-Pine’s own transcription of Albéniz’s Asturias. Elbio Barilari in his extended but consistently fascinating liner-note considers this “thmore....
Review By Guy Rickards ,Gramophone,October 2011
An absorbing programme of Iberiana played with skill on a single fiddle
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.
Review By V. Vasan,Allmusic.com,August 2011
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