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Guest violinist joins MSO to perform Shostakovich’s mournful strains

November 13, 2016

Herald Mail Media

Taking the stage in a sparkling, long, flowing gold dress, Rachel Barton Pine brought a different feel to The Maryland Theatre on Sunday.

Pine, a world-renowned violinist who was performing with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, was exposing the crowd to Dmitri Shostakovich, a Russian-born, 20th-century composer and pianist who led a difficult life under the Soviet government and was accused of writing inappropriate music.

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine brings joy to Bach’s ‘Chaconne’

April 28, 2016

The Washington Post | by Joan Reinthaler

Violinists often take on a movement or two of a Bach sonata or partita to show off their chops. Unaccompanied, the violinist is out there alone to roll out harmonies and contrapuntal textures that you’d think would be impossible with a bow on a single stringed instrument. Usually, what is most impressive about such efforts is the athleticism and agility of the violinist. Who hasn’t wondered at the technique involved in a performance of the famous “Chaconne”?

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Pine’s Time: Rachel Barton Pine opens up about tackling Mozart, becoming a confident composer, and being a mom

March 28, 2015

AllThingsStrings.com | by Whitney Phaneuf

Rachel Barton Pine is living the dream. At 40, she’s raising a three-year old budding violinist, writing and publishing her own cadenzas, and she’s just released her 24th album, Mozart’s Complete Violin Concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante, K364 (Avie) with Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

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For Paganini, a Wild and Devilish Lifestyle Fueled Some Virtuoso Compositions

March 22, 2015

The New York Times | by Vivien Schweitzer

Two hours of Paganini can lead to fatigue for the listener (to say nothing of the performer), but Ms. Pine illuminated the poetic moments within the bombast of the caprices, each of which focuses on a different technical element.

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Music to My Ears: What the classical world has been listening to this month

February 28, 2015

BBC Music Magazine | Avie in the News

I have been enjoying listening to Hopkinson Smith’s recording of Bach’s Violin Sonatas and Partitas played in his own transcriptions for lute. There are many moments of implied harmony in these works – in your ear, you hear chords that are not written on the page – and I have had these in my brain for years.

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Music review: Rachel Barton Pine, violin, and Matthew Hagle, piano

January 25, 2015

Richmond Times-Dispatch | by Gene Harris

If you’ve ever wanted to hear a virtuoso violinist play a brilliant concert on an exquisite instrument, you had your chance Saturday evening at the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Rachel Barton Pine delivers a splendid rendition of Vieuxtemps’ Fifth Violin Concerto with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

October 11, 2014

Isthmus | by John W. Barker

No. 5 is a fiery and theatrical work, ripe in bravura writing but full of satisfying material and greatly deserving of revival. The work’s virtuosic demands were brought off fabulously by Barton Pine, balanced by sweet lyricism that demonstrated her genuine musicality and comprehensive understanding.

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Mohammed Fairouz’s world premiere and a controversial overture highlight ASO’s ‘Classical Edge’ (music review)

March 9, 2014

AL.com | by Michael Huebner

The world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Violin Concerto, titled “Al-Andalus,” highlighted the Alabama Symphony’s Classical Edge concert Saturday night, in which a familiar friend in conductor Fawzi Haimor was brought together with Rachel Barton Pine, a violin virtuoso making her Birmingham debut.

After Adversity, a Passion Unchecked: Years After a Calamity, Rachel Barton Pine Prospers

June 21, 2013

The New York Times | by Vivien Schweitzer

Asked by a student about her musical inspirations after a recent Baroque master class at Juilliard, the violinist Rachel Barton Pine gestured toward the stickers of heavy metal bands plastered on her violin case. “When they’re onstage, they’re getting everyone headbanging, ” she said.

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Sweet Sweet Dreams

April 28, 2013

Chicago Parent | by Tamara O’Shaughnessy

Virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine is known worldwide for the powerful music she coaxes from strings, but these days, she plays especially for an audience of one. Sylvia.

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The Astonishing Rachel Barton Pine

January 12, 2013

San Francisco Classical Voice | by D. Kern Holoman

Her swath is, to use campus parlance, awesome. The “astonishing” violinist Rachel Barton Pine of Chicago is precisely that, and so consistently alive as to be fatiguing. Blink and you may miss something as she forays into her next recording or composer or community love affair.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine shines in program with CityMusic Cleveland

October 18, 2012

Cleveland.com | by Zachary Lewis

A talented conductor can make a concert great. Add a gifted violinist into the mix and the results can be spectacular.

Witness the combination behind Wednesday’s performance by CityMusic Cleveland at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. With Ryan McAdams on the podium and violinist Rachel Barton Pine in the soloist slot, the evening kicked off the group’s ninth season in scintillating fashion.

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