Capricho Latino

A tour of Latin-flavored music for solo violin that grew out of a cruise.

photo of violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Photo: Andrew Eccles

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine in her solo mode.

The CD Capricho Latino is a new solo outing for violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Her special affection for the solo repertoire came naturally. “When I was growing up money for an accompanist was a strain on the family budget. So, I was always interested in pieces that I could play by myself.”

Pine has performed much of the romantic repertoire, recorded a  tribute to America’s first great woman soloist Maude Powells and just recently completed the third in a series of trio recordings from Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Latin repertoire grew out of a honeymoon cruise.

Cruising For Repertoire

“We were sailing in the southern hemisphere and I knew that I wouldn’t have a pianist. So I thought what a nice time to play some pieces just for the fun of exploring them. However, the more I played the music, the more convinced I was that I wanted to record them.”

Music For Four Fingers On Six Strings Played With A Single Bow On Four Strings

“I was really drawn to the variety of the pieces. Guitar is such an important instrument in the music that I had to play some of those pieces.” There is also a wedding present piece for Pine and her husband Greg Pine from Luis Jorge Gonzalez and a piece written for Pine by conductor composer Jose Serebrier. In addition Pine made her own arrangement of music by Astor Piazzola.

A Set Of Solos That Ends With A Duo

The CD’s finale is the children’s story of “Ferdinand the Bull.” “Actually, it’s a duet with actor Hector Elizondo,“ says Pine.”It’s a favorite of his and it was great to work with him as we recorded Alan Ridout’s setting of the story.”

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Capricho Latino
Rachel Barton Pine (Cedille, 2011)
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Capricho Latino
Rachel Barton Pine (Cedille, 2011)
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George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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