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An Italian Sojournit

Trio Settecento
Rachel Barton Pine
, violin
John Mark Rozendaal
, 'cello
David Schrade, harpsichord

Castello: Sonata ottava in D minor
Alessandro Stradella: Sinfonia in D minor
Biagio Marini: Sonata a due in D minor
Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Sonata da camera, Op. 6, No. 2 in F Major
Arcangelo Corelli: Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3
Giuseppe Tartini: Sonata Pastorale in A Major
George Frideric Handel: Sonata in G minor, HWV 364a
Francesco Veracini: Sonata in D minor, Op. 2, No. 12

Cedille Records CDR 90000 099 (70:51; Recorded December 2006 at the Music Institute of Chicago)

A violinist of prodigious skill and charm, this is a splendid demonstration of Rachel Barton Pine's versatility, coming after her presentation as an "American Virtuosa" at the turn of the 20th century in a Tribute to Maud Powell.

In a personal note she describes a decade of her evolution of thought and technique for baroque playing, her capability enhanced by working with a 1770 Gagliano instrument in original condition to capture the "new voice" for instruments which developed from about 1700, "the voice of the Cremona violin" (John Mark Rosendaal).

I would characterise her playing here as super-refined, a little cool rather than as flamboyant as, say, our Andrew Manze. We found the whole of this disc captivating, and full of variety; sample the bucolic drone in Tartini's Sonata Pastorale

In my experience, Cedille CDs from Chicago rarely let you down.

Peter Grahame Woolf


Schoop, Schmelzer, Muffat, Krieger, Buxtehude,
J S Bach, Erlebach, Pisandel

Rachel Barton Pine, baroque violin
John Mark Rozendaa, viola da gamba and 'cello
David Schrader harpsichord and organ

We have had great pleasure from the varied Cedille CDs of versatile Chicago based violinist Rachel Barton Pine and this is no exception; a good selection of mainly 17 C rarities, with a couple of items from JSB himself.

This is a well matched, stylish trio, and the organ helps to vary the textures.
Full details and sleeve notes with sample tracks at http://cedillerecords.org/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=356_368&products_id=1162


Peter Grahame Woolf