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Rachel Barton Pine - Mozart / WQXR 'Album of the Week'

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How's this for a generation-spanning recording: Rachel Barton Pine, a 40-year-old violinist from Chicago, joins Neville Marriner, the 90-year-old English conductor, to perform Mozart's five violin concertos, pieces written in the 1770s when the composer was still a teenager. Joined by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, a group Marriner co-founded in 1959, the performances are stylish, graceful and exuberant. Barton Pine plays her own cadenzas, as is the practice, each rendered in the Classical style. In the Sinfonia concertante K. 364 she is joined by another Chicagoan, the viola-player Matthew Lipman, and the results tasteful throughout -- not too Romantic and too fussy either.

Rachel Barton Pine's Avie recording of Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner is the WQXR: New York 'Album of the Week'