Albeniz: Asturias (Leyenda)
Cordero: Rapsodia Panamena
Anonymous: Balada Espanola (Romance)
Espejo: Prelude Iberique (a Henryk Szeryng)
Quiroga: Emigrantes Celtas
Quiroga: Terra!! A Nosa!!
Ysaye: Sonata #6 (a Manuel Quiroga)
Gonzalez: Epitalamio Tanguero
White: Etude #6 (a Secundino Arango)
Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Rodrigo: Capriccio (Offrande a Sarasate)
Serebrier: Aires de Tango (Rachel Barton Pine)
Piazzolla: Tango Etude #3 con Libertango
Ridout: Ferdinand the Bull
Rachel Barton Pine :
Rachel Barton Pine Performs A Rare CD of
Latin-Flavored Music Solely for Solo Violin
New Album Capricho Latino Includes World-Premiere Recordings of Works
by Roque Cordero, César Espejo, Jose White, and Others
Veteran Stage, Screen, and TV Actor Hector Elizondo
Narrates Alan Rideout's Ferdinand the Bull
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine's new CD, Capricho Latino, takes listeners on a rare tour of Latin-flavored music strictly for solo violin, with 14 works from the late-Romantic era to the present day by composers from Latin America, Spain, and elsewhere in Europe, including eight compositions and arrangements recorded for the very first time. The album will be released on Cedille Records on June 28 (Cedille Records CDR 90000 124).
In her introduction, Pine explains that as a young musician growing up in a financially-struggling household, her interest in music for unaccompanied violin originated out of necessity. Choosing to learn pieces for solo violin meant less money spent on accompanist fees. Soon she was hooked by the repertoire, and collecting solo works became a lifelong passion.
Capricho Latino's world premiere recordings are Isaac Albeniz, arr. Rachel Barton Pine: Asturias (Leyenda); Roque Cordero: Rapsodia Panamena, Traditional, arr. Jesus Florido: Balada Espanola (Romance), Cesar Espejo: Prelude Iberique (a Henryk Szeryng), Luis Jorge Gonzalez: Epitalamio Tanguero (a Rachel y Greg), Jose White: Etude No. 6 (a Secundino Arango), Jose Serebrier: Aires de Tango (a Rachel Barton Pine) and Astor Piazzolla, arr. Rachel Barton Pine: Tango Etude No. 3 con Libertango. Additional works on the album include: Manuel Quiroga: Emigrantes Celtas and Terra!! A Nosa!!, Eugène Ysaye: Sonata No. 6 (a Manuel Quiroga), Francisco Tarrega, arr. Ruggiero Ricci: Recuerdos de la Alhambra, Joaquín Rodrigo: Capriccio (Offrande a Sarasate) and Alan Ridout: Ferdinand the Bull with Hector Elizondo, narrator.
The CD booklet features program notes by Uruguayan-born and Chicago-based composer, writer, broadcaster, and university instructor Elbio Barilari, as well as an introductory essay by Pine.
Pine's arrangement of Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz's (1860–1909) celebrated Asturias, draws on both Francisco Tarrega's familiar guitar transcription and Albeniz's original but less-known score for piano. Rapsodia Panamena, by the great Panamanian composer Roque Cordero (1917–2008) is based on the music of Panama's indigenous people. Pine had the opportunity to work with Cordero on the performance of this piece and writes, "I love how this work goes back and forth between Latin rhythms and melodies and 12-tone music while remaining coherent."
Venezuelan-born violinist Jesus Florido's (b. 1969) Balada Espanola (Romance) is an arrangement of the traditional guitar favorite, created expressly for this recording. Central to the work's melody and rhythmic drive is a permanent arpeggio, which is natural to play on guitar but challenging on violin. Barilari writes in the liner notes, "When one bow needs to do the job of four fingers, the knowledge of the arranger and the skills of the performer are put to the test." (Florido also served as Pine's "dialect coach" or style director as she prepared the repertoire and played the recording sessions.) Cesar Espejo's (1892–1988) Prelude Iberique, indicates that while the Spanish-born violinist, composer, and conductor spent his entire musical career in France he "never lost his Spanish identity or his taste for Spanish music." (Barilari). The piece is a malaguena, a dance from Espejo's native region that "gracefully incorporates the whole-tone scale without compromising the music's Spanish character."
Two works by Manuel Quiroga (1892–1961) reflect the Celtic heritage of his native Galicia, a northwest region of the Iberian Peninsula. Emigrantes Celtas (Celtic Immigrants) is a nostalgic fantasy for solo violin based on a folk theme. Terra!! A Nosa!! (Land!! Our Land!!), based on a regional folk dance, uses drones, or pedal-notes, to imitate the sound of a Galician bagpipe.
Quiroga was the dedicatee of Belgian composer Eugene Ysaye's Sonata No. 6, also known as his "Spanish Caprice." Ysaye (1858–1931), according to Barilari, created "a very subtle Habanera that fulfills to perfection the Latino spirit of this recording."
Following that work on the CD are two more world-premiere recordings. Argentinean composer Luis Jorge Gonzalez (b. 1936) wrote Epitalamio Tanguero in 2004 as a surprise wedding present to Pine and her husband Greg Pine. The composer says the tango piece takes into account Pine's "outstanding virtuosity and unique expressiveness, and the passion and typical crossed accents of the best known dance of my native country." Cuban-born violinist-composer José White (1836–1918) was the son of a French father and Afro-Cuban mother. White's Etude No. 6 of 1868 is a Cuban dance with a pyrotechnic central section much in the virtuoso Parisian style of the time.
Francisco Tarrega (1852–1909) was fascinated with his native Spain's Arabic legacy. His Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra) of 1896, for guitar, depicts the resplendent Moorish palace in Granada. He employs tremolo, which involves rapidly varying the volume of a musical note, to evoke the hypnotic quality of Arabic music. On this recording, Pine plays the violin transcription by the great Italian violinist Ruggiero Ricci. Joaquin Rodrigo (1901–1999) wrote his thrilling violin Capriccio (Offrande a Sarasate) in 1944. It requires the violinist to perform difficult and unusual virtuosic maneuvers beyond double- and triple-stops.
Jose Serebrier's Aires de Tango (Tango Airs), written for Pine in 2010, receives its recording premiere on Capricho Latino. A native of Uruguay, Serebrier (b.1938) is a composer and conductor with an extensive international career and a "Best Classical Album" Grammy award for his Carmen Symphony. Serebrier and Pine have collaborated in concert and on recordings (including Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos on Cedille Records). His Aires de Tango is both ultra-Romantic and highly chromatic. Serebrier describes the piece as "a virtuoso essay with the sprit of the tango as the inspiration."
The final premiere is Pine's Tango Etude No. 3 con Libertango, her own violin arrangement medley combining Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla's (1921–1992) Tango Etude No. 3 and Libertango. A founder of the "new tango," Piazzolla never wrote for solo violin. He wrote the Third Etude (and the others in the six-piece set) for flute or, alternatively, violin, but it's far better suited to the former, Pine says. Her goal was "to rethink how it might have been written if Piazzolla had the violin in mind." She studied recordings of Piazzolla's own band and listened carefully to the playing of his violinists in her reworkings of both Etude No. 3 and Libertango.
Capricho Latino concludes with British composer Alan Ridout's (1934–1996) charming Ferdinand the Bull for solo violin and narrator. The children's tale, first popularized by Walt Disney's animated feature of 1938, tells the story of a gentle animal who would rather smell flowers than fight in the bullring. On Pine's recording, the story is narrated - with obvious affection - by award-winning stage, screen, and TV actor Hector Elizondo (b. 1936). Elizondo earned an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Dr. Phillip Watters CBS's Chicago Hope and an Obie Award for his portrayal of "God" in Steambath. He was nominated for Golden Globe and American Comedy awards for his portrayal of a hotel manager in the feature film Pretty Woman. He's currently involved with LA Theatre Works, a group of 40 top actors working to revive classic radio drama for National Public Radio.
Capricho Latino is Pine's twelfth CD for Cedille Records. She is the label's all-time best-selling artist. Her previous unaccompanied violin recording for Cedille, Solo Baroque, garnered praise on both sides of the Atlantic. Pine demonstrated a winning touch with Spanish music on Homage to Sarasate, her 1995 debut CD on Dorian Records.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine
American violinist Rachel Barton Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious ensembles and has worked closely with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Placido Domingo, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Neeme Jarvi, and others. In 2009, Carl Fischer published The Rachel Barton Pine Collection, a collection of original compositions, arrangements, cadenzas, and editions penned or arranged by Pine. This earned her the distinction of being the only living artist and first woman to join violin legends such as Fritz Kriesler and Jascha Heifetz in Carl Fischer's Masters Collection Series. More information about the artist is available online at www.rachelbartonpine.com.