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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records’ all-time best-selling artist, has created another rare — perhaps unique — contribution to the world’s CD catalog: an album of Spanish and Latin American music written solely for unaccompanied violin.
Capricho Latino, Ms. Pine’s 12th Cedille CD, offers eight world-premiere recordings: In addition to premieres of works by Roque Cordero, César Espejo, and José White, the CD brings first-time recordings of pieces composed or arranged for Ms. Pine by José Serebrier, Luis Jorge Gonzáles, and Jesús Florido; and two of her own arrangements.
The diverse program of virtuoso pieces draws from the late-Romantic period to the present day. Represented are composers from Argentina, Cuba, Panama, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela — plus works in a Spanish vein by Belgian and English composers. Inaugurating this musical journey is Ms. Pine’s virtuoso arrangement of Albéniz’s Asturias, which draws on both the familiar guitar version and the original but less-known piano score.
Isaac Albeniz: Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: V. Asturias (Leyenda) (arr. R.B. Pine)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: V. Asturias (Leyenda) (arr. R.B. Pine)
Roque Cordero: Rapsodia panamena
Traditional: Balada espanola (arr. J. Florido)
Balada espanola (arr. J. Florido)
Cesar Espejo: Prelude Iberique
Manuel Quiroga: Emigrantes celtas
Manuel Quiroga: Terra! A nosa!
Terra! A nosa!
Eugene Ysaye: Violin Sonata in E major, Op. 27, No. 6
Violin Sonata No. 6 in E major, Op. 27, No. 6
Jose Luis Gonzalez: Epitalamio tanguero
Joseph White: Etude No. 6
Etude No. 6
Francisco Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra (arr. R. Ricci)
“For many, a major delight will be in encountering previously unknown repertoire (there are eight premieres here)...Pine's gift as an arranger are also showcased in her rendition of Piazzolla's third Etude con Libertango, right from the opening bar. She catches its Latin swing to a nicety and her playing throughout is nothing less than idiomatic...To all Pine brings the same virtuosity and delight in communication. Splendid sound, too”