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Rachel Barton Pine's 'Blues Dialogues' makes Classical101 recommended recordings for holiday gift-giving

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Our hosts listen to a lot of music so, as you can imagine, we often turn to some of our favorite recordings at gift-giving time. Jennifer Hambrick recommends: Rachel Barton Pine's Blue Dialogues: Music By Black Composers

Through her Music by Black Composers project, Rachel Barton Pine continues to champion unjustly neglected music by black composers. Pine's unfailing technique shines throughout her most recent recording, Blues Dialogues, along with her instinct for swing and for the slip-sliding language of the blues.

Notable is Pine's haunting performance of Billy Childs' "Incident on Larpenteur Avenue," a work commissioned specially for this recording. The soulful lyricism of the recording's final work, Charles S. Brown's "A Song Without Words," is a moving conclusion to a recording that rightly reverences blues as one of the world's artistic treasures.

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