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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine Talks About Her New Album "Blues Dialogues"

Rachel Barton Pine

Photo: Janette Beckman

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine plays blues-infused works by Black composers on her new album “Blues Dialogues.” Rachel is a long-time advocate for music by Black composers and one of the initiatives of her well-established foundation is to promote their music. This recording features several world-premiere recordings, including Noel Da Costa’s “A Set of Dance Tunes for Solo Violin,” Delores White’s “Blue Dialogues” for solo violin, and Billy Child’s “Incident on Larpenteur Avenue.” Other highlights include the first recordings of Wendell Logan’s violin and piano arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood,” Daniel Bernard Roumain’s “Filter for Unaccompanied Violin,” and the violin version of Charles S. Brown’s “A Song Without Words.”

“Pine’s passions for the blues, discovering interesting new repertoire, and championing the music of unjustly neglected Black composers converge on Blue Dialogues.” I recently spoke with her about this project, which also features her longtime recital partner, pianist Matthew Hagle. Enjoy our chat!

You can listen to sound clips of the album here.

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Music Host, WCVE Music