Violinist Rachel Barton Pine shines in program with CityMusic Cleveland

October 18, 2012 | 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.

First-rate work by McAdams notwithstanding, Pine was the night’s standout playing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Her impassioned, virtuoso performance held the near-capacity crowd in rapt silence and prompted enough applause to elicit an encore: a sensuous, swirling version of Albeniz’s “Asturias” transcribed by Pine herself.

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